Le Gecko Sapa: The 20-yr old, Western (French) Cuisine restaurant in the town of Sapa.
The History of Establishment and Development of Le Gecko Sapa Restaurants
The story began two decades ago, when Mr. Guigon Arsene Georges, a French-Vietnamese man and his wife, Madam Kim Vinh, decided to open The Gecko Sapa restaurant in 2001. At that time, the Guigons were talented designers and decorators for reputable Victoria Sapa Hotel & Resorts - the first 4-star luxury hotel in Sapa and the Northwest region.
Located in the town centre, at Number 04 Ham Rong Street (now it is number 04 Thach Son Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province), The Gecko is one of the very first few restaurants specializing in French cuisine in the town. It’s a great combination of French cuisine and architecture with the indigenous decoration in a cozy and delicate atmosphere. The Gecko Sapa has won the customers’ hearts from the beginning. Time flies, the restaurant has received a deeply special love from its loyal European customers, especially French tourists. They usually call the restaurant by the very loving name "La Petite Bouffe", which means "A Good / Pretty / Cheerful Restaurant ".
Beside having a reputation for excellent French fare catering, The Gecko Sapa also provides 6 French-style rooms, which was a familiar residence for the experts who came to build Victoria Sapa Hotel.
In 2006, the restaurant changed from the English name "The Gecko Sapa”, which has already existed from the early established days, into the French name "Le Gecko Sapa" on the signboard, yet on the main wall of the restaurant, the English name was still preserved and placed solemnly.
Three Branches, One Soul.
Over many years of ups and downs, the restaurant has still remained firmly its respectful motto "Reasonable price, authentic quality". Le Gecko Sapa Brand has proved its success in becoming the most unique and stylish destination in Sapa, in terms of both food and accommodation.
With a burning desire to satisfy all the customers demands in the best, Gecko Sapa proudly introduces 3 different branches with 3 distinctive menus yet all featured simplicity, intimacy and delicacy in common.
Le Gecko Sapa - 033 Xuan Vien Street, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province, was the first Le Gecko Sapa Restaurant that relocated in 2017 due to the increasing number of customers. With the capacity of 200 people, Le Gecko Sapa is confident to provide the best taste from France and Italy to Vietnamese traditional specialties. Moreover, the restaurant makes a huge impression on all visitors by building noble tall walls symbolizing the French architecture in a luxurious space. The exquisite local handicrafts are placed harmoniously on the strong yellow, bordeux color and wooden brown areas.
The restaurant also serves some signature drinks such as the café Lavazza, which is imported from Italy, or some charming wines from France, Chile, Argentina, etc. It generates vast interests to the customers.
In addition, by possessing a good business location, the restaurant also provides 12 hotel rooms which are decorated simply yet extremely cozy.
Le Petit Gecko - 015 Xuan Vien, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province, was established in 2007 and specializes in serving local specialties. This is a wooden house of the H'mong minority which is more than 50 years old. As the tradition of the H'mong people who cook by wood stove in the house and over the years, the smoke of the stove has created a glossy black for pillars that no paint can create. Moreover, the knife marks when viewed from the side have a sparkling beauty that looks like sculptures on wood. Over time, the house retained its ancient character and became unique in Sapa.
Le Gecko Café - 02 Ngu Chi Son, Sapa Town, Lao Cai Province. Located next to the romantic Sapa lake, Le Gecko Café is distinguished by French architecture, by the perfect combination of burning yellow and pure white. It specializes in French pastries, Italian coffee and exquisite fast food.
Demonstrating sincere hospitality and confirmed service quality, Le Gecko Sapa has created a good impression as well as building profound trust with not only domestic customers but also foreign visitors. With great enthusiasm and constant dedication to work, the employees of Le Gecko Sapa have been keeping and extending the glorious traditions of the last 20 years and will continue to do so.
Amenities and Services
Restaurant, bar, coffee terrace
Free trekking information
Bus ticket booking to Lao Cai, Hanoi, Lai Chau, Dien Bien Phu & Ha Giang
Train Ticket booking
English and/or French speaking guide
Motorbike and car (with driver) for rent
Free Wifi (All hotel areas)