When we travel to an entirely new country, besides discovering the tradition & culture as well as attractions, food is what we look for. In Nepal, a country that is prevalent with western travelers has so many restaurants that cater to western taste buds. However, if you seek traditional Nepalese fare, you won’t disappointed with Nepali cuisine, definitely. So, for those who will have a plan for Nepal tour packages one day, there are top 10 Nepal restaurants that will satisfy you.
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Aila Restaurant & Lounge
When you have spent an entire day walking through the web-like alleys of Patan, admiring the architectural marvel that it is, you need to lie back and enjoy the sight that unfolds during the evenings. Located on the sixth floor of a complex building, Aila Restaurant and Lounge is the best spot to do just that. The terrace opens to a nearly 360-degree view of the valley; charming under the sun, a glittering jewel at night. Pair the awe-inspiring view with good company, a refreshing glass of Mojito or a cold beer, and unwind.
Address: Trimurti Bhawan, Kumaripati, Patan
For those seeking a slice of Italy in Kathmandu, Piano B is truly your must-visit Nepal restaurant. Tucked away in an unassuming lane in Ekantakuna, Piano B is slowly gaining the attention for all the right reasons. Their herbs and ingredients are locally procured and else they are imported from Italy. With their menu changing every other week, one never knows what to expect, but bet your last penny that everything dished out from the kitchen will be delicious! Owned by an Italian couple, they know what they are doing with their food. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
Address: Opposite the DFID office, Ekantakuna Road, Patan
Shangri – La Restaurant
Away from the busy streets of Boudha, Shangri-La is true to its name. The decoration of the eatery Tibetan culture, and if you didn’t already guess, so does its menu. You can choose from a varied assortment of Tibetan and Chinese dishes, or book a table for a four-course meal. It is worth waiting to see what the kitchen staff will put up on the plate, knowing that everything will be delicious.
Address: Hotel Tibet International, Boudha
The Ghangri Sui Mai
If you haven’t had a taste of the renowned open momos at The Ghangri Sui Mai, you haven’t seen much of Kathmandu. Located in Teku, it is one of the oldest restaurants in town and thus has mastered the skill of producing juicy, yet structurally intact momos, which is a go-to snack/food for most Nepalis. Take a chance to savor their momos, and we bet you won’t be able to stop yourself at just one plate. The dish is paired with three types of dips; all equally genius and complimenting.
Address: Teku, Kathmandu and Pulchowk, Patan
Dining at Bhojan Griha (literally meaning ‘food house’) will make you feel like you are dining in a palace. The amazing hospitality, ambiance, and experience is nothing less than royal. The authentic Nepali four-course set meal kicks off with a peg of aila – traditional home-brewed alcohol. A cultural performance of live singing and dancing performed at the end of each meal, which means you have ample time to get into your dinner and the company you are with. BhojanGriha plates up not just Nepali food but also a wholesome Nepali experience.
Address: Dillibazaar, Kathmandu
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For those who want to take a break from the Nepali food, just head down to Café Nina for the finest burger in Kathmandu. There are no two ways about it. Although located in the part of town that people don’t frequent for food, there is a reason why Café Nina is thronging with people all day. The reason, perhaps, is their Big Daddy Burger, our tongues are salivating already!
Address: Maharajgunj (a few meters in the entrance to Chundevi), Kathmandu
Friend Café & Bar
Friends Café and Bar has the potential to take you on a trip to middle-east and Spain solely through its scrumptious dishes offering. Everything on their menu, from the Tapas to the Sloppy Joe is perfection on a plate. Don’t voyeur in alone because the food here is designed to be enjoyed in packs. No wonder the bohemian decoration screams of lazy Saturday brunch with friends (pun intended).
Address: Mandala Street, Thamel
If you long for a relaxing and quiet breakfast, Café Soma in Jhamsikhel is a well-deserved break for anyone who has been in the city for too long. Pick up a book from their shelf while you enjoy your order of eggs benedict and a cup of coffee, or go for a quick sandwich in the afternoon.
Address: Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur; and another branch in Baluwatar (opposite the Russian Embassy), Kathmandu
Unlike the ubiquitous rooftop restaurants in the Patan Durbar Square vicinity, Café Swotha is tucked away in an unassuming alley at the Swotha Square, not 2 minutes away from the main attraction. The location and the ambiance here are a breath of fresh air. Choose to sit in the outdoorsy backyard setting, or opt for seating next to the glass walls for a distinct street view. But the ambiance isn’t the only thing that helps this café be on this list; their food is nothing short of brilliant too.
Address: Swotha Square, Patan
The Village Café
Visit this Nepal restaurant if you are seeking a Nepali experience and the usual dal bhat. Representing Newar ethnic culture, the kitchen prepares gorgeous cultured food such as Chatamari, Yomari, Bara, and Samay baji (all available in vegetarian options as well). You will leave with the taste, sight, and smell of new Nepali dishes. If you are in the Kathmandu Valley for the first time then this should not be missed.
Address: Pulchowk, Patan