Coco & Co., Vientiane

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Image taken from Coco & Co.'s Facebook page

Image taken from Coco & Co.'s Facebook page

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.