In a city of coffee drinkers, it's nice to have at least one cafe that puts tea up front and centre.
Coco & Co. opened about six months ago, joining the growing set of chic cafes in downtown Vientiane. It's the sister cafe to Le Trio Coffee, from Lao-French couple, Nini and Mika, sharing the terrace of black steel chairs and tables, and canvas umbrellas.
Inside, it's very vintage French with a smart black and white tiled floor, soft yellow lighting, blackboard signs, and cute bouquets of flowers on tables. There's a lot of glass from the cabinet encasing freshly made cakes to the heat-proof glass tea pots, plungers and tumblers.
Sit down outside or on the one coveted lounge by the front windows and enjoy a freshly brewed glass pot of tea or a slow-drip espresso, and a sweet treat.
They're not kidding about their teas. There's a whole assortment of loose leaf options to choose from, all of which are presumably Lao grown.
The cafe first opened serving tea, coffee and cake. Now it has expanded into an after-hours cocktail bar with more seats upstairs, alongside an Ock Tok Pop pop up (try saying that 5 times fast). Coco & Co. is taking full advantage of its fantastic location and drawing in the well-heeled expat and Lao clients.
In the last few weeks, Coco & Co. has started offering a set lunch as well with just two vegan and vegetarian options. unfortunately, when I was there today I didn't even see the brown card menu, sitting innocuously on the front counter, and nor was it offered to me. But it looks intriguing.
Something for next time's visit.
Coco & Co. is between Le Trio Coffee and Jazzy Brick bar, and opposite Moo ice cream on the main road, downtown.