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“Great Service, Fresh Food”
Review of Vida Bakery Cafe

Vida Bakery Cafe
Ranked #1 of 2 Bakeries in Pakse
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$4
Cuisines: Cafe
Description: Lao Vida is primarily a training facility. There is an English language program for city Lao in the evening and Vocational training programs for sponsored rural Lao during the day. One of these vocational programs is bakery, so the Vida Bakery Cafe was set up to help transition our alumni into full time work. Tribal Lao are often seen as third class citizens in Laos, and it is impossible for them to be anything other than subsistent living farmers, without programs like ours. We strive to give our students training that is equivalent to what they would receive in the western world. Trained by Ozzies, Kiwis and Poms, means our cafe is the only place you can really hope to get a truly western style breakfast and lunch. Our staff can also make a mean cup of coffee, which is a welcome relief from the bitter, condensed milk laden things that are available on the main road. Eating here really means you are helping to make a difference for our tribal staff and their families, and we are sure you will enjoy the difference of our cafe to anything else that is available in this part of the country.
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Description: Lao Vida is primarily a training facility. There is an English language program for city Lao in the evening and Vocational training programs for sponsored rural Lao during the day. One of these vocational programs is bakery, so the Vida Bakery Cafe was set up to help transition our alumni into full time work. Tribal Lao are often seen as third class citizens in Laos, and it is impossible for them to be anything other than subsistent living farmers, without programs like ours. We strive to give our students training that is equivalent to what they would receive in the western world. Trained by Ozzies, Kiwis and Poms, means our cafe is the only place you can really hope to get a truly western style breakfast and lunch. Our staff can also make a mean cup of coffee, which is a welcome relief from the bitter, condensed milk laden things that are available on the main road. Eating here really means you are helping to make a difference for our tribal staff and their families, and we are sure you will enjoy the difference of our cafe to anything else that is available in this part of the country.
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Visited here for breakfast based on recommendation from guesthouse. The staff was very friendly and welcoming, fantastic service. The food was delicious, coffee was great; everything was freshly made, even the english muffins! Prices are a little higher than average but the quality more than makes up for it. Great breakfast specials for only 15k! Custom made sandwiches for 28k. Highly recommended to anyone who is missing delicious westenj food!

Thank Luc M
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Paul B, Vocational trainer at Vida Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Thank you for your kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit.
We import a lot of our ingredients to ensure a good quality, which is why at first glance you may think our prices are a little high. However if you can compare like with like, you will find we are much cheaper than everywhere else in town overall. For example our croissant are half the price, of others even though we use imported butter. This is because as we are fundamentally a school, training people in careers including bakery. Our cafe only needs to cover its own costs. We sell our products to other business with only a small wholesale discount as we really try to keep our costs down. 15,000 kip is $1.80 or about £1:30

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Small and a bit out of town but really nice and cool inside. Go for peace and quiet plus nice light lunch.

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Paul B, Vocational Trainer at Vida Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Thank you for you review, we are one of the few places you can eat/drink in aircon. Very important in April, when its our hot season.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

The food is always great here. The location is off the main road and the food is delicious. Our family loves this place. We eat here every time we are in Pakse.

Thank J Y
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Paul B, Vocational Trainer at Vida Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thank you, that is a lovely review. I'm so glad your family likes coming here. Our staff do try to be child friendly, even though we don't currently have a lot for very young guests. I hope this is an area we will be able to improve on with time.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We came here for breakfast and lunch and were happily suprised. Good service, the wraps were delicious and we loved the cosy atmosphere.

Thank Karolien T
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Paul B, Vocational Trainer at Vida Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for reviewing us. Must admit, the Guys from Common Grounds bakery in Vientiane initially taught our guys how to do the wraps. They are also a bakery that helps their community, and worth a visit if your ever in the capital.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Great cozy place. Went there to eat breakfast. The place was clean and pretty. The staff were Laos doing both cooking and serving at the same time (can be a pro or con depending on how you look at it). Breakfast tasted great and the place even had a special "make your breakfast" menu. Overall I was very pleased with my breakfast.

Thank Abel P
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Paul B, Vocational Trainer at Vida Bakery Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you for your review.
As a training facility, our staff get trained to do everything. Though how they organize themselves is up to them.
As it happens they are currently having extra health and hygiene training from a retired chef who was in charge of the Savoy Hotel in London. (It's amazing what skilled people we get to help out here!)

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