Joma is my "go-to" retreat in Vientiane, and now Luang Prabang. Their shops are always pleasant retreats to rest up after trudging around the city. They’re comfortable, with air conditioning, daily papers from Laos and Thailand, wi-fi and free-flowing drinking water.
Then, of course, there’s the coffee and the bakery. Joma makes the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in Southeast Asia – if you know of a better one, be sure to leave a comment so I can check it out. The coffee, which they roast themselves using Lao arabicas, is very good. Mind you, the barista in Vientiane is better than the one in Luang Prabang, but as the latter branch is new, hopefully they will improve with age.
Joma’s food menu is a little more extensive than what you might expect from a coffee shop, which makes it a place you may want to consider for a meal other than breakfast. I tried the BLT in the Luang Prabang branch, and it was very good.
Joma’s Luang Prabang branch, seen through the "dragons" on the stairs of a temple across the street.
Joma has two branches in Vientiane, but the one you’re likely to find convenient is within sight of the fountain. The Luang Prabang branch is near the post office just a short walk from Wat Mai. They also now have two branches in Hanoi, although I have yet to visit these. All branches are open from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm. See Joma’s web site for additional information.