Restaurants in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is blessed with a surprisingly vibrant dining scene, thanks largely to the culinary demands of the thousands of global-trotting trekkers who pass through every season. 

You’ll find everything here from Nepal dhal bhat (rice and lentils) to Tibetan momos (dumplings), Thai curries, Korean barbecues and convincingly Italian-tasting pizzas. Most eateries are in Thamel, where the earthquake only caused limited damage.

The Kathmandu restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$18)
Moderate (US$8 to US$18)
Cheap (up to US$8)

These Kathmandu restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including service but not drinks.

Chez Caroline

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French

This up-scale eatery in the Baber Mahal Revisited complex (now restored after the 2015 earthquake) is a darling of well-to-do expats and their visiting friends and relatives. The food is French with an exotic twist, while the atmosphere is sophisticated and international.

Address: Baber Mahal Revisited, Tanka Prasad Ghumti Sadak, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 426 3070.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: North Indian

The Indian restaurant at the Hotel de L'Annapurna serves the best North Indian cuisine in the city, with live Indian music in the evenings, Mughal paintings on the walls and a glass-walled kitchen where you can see your meal being prepared.

Address: Durbar Marg, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 422 1711.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: European, Asian.

Hidden away in a courtyard on the edge of Thamel, this stylish restaurant is housed in a former Rana's palace and the menu is packed with intriguing East meets West fusion dishes. It's popular with diplomats, government ministers and the UN crowd.

Address: Kantipath, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 422 5068.

Kaiser Café

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: European

The café at the Garden of Dreams is one of the city’s favourite escapes, with superior food from the same cooks who cater for Dwarika’s Hotel. The romantic setting and European-inspired menu might almost allow you to forget you are in the heart of noisy, traffic snarled Kathmandu.

Address: Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 442 5341.

Fire & Ice

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

Nepal's finest pizzas and gelato, served in pleasantly informal surroundings in the heart of Thamel. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven, on thin, crisp bases, topped with the finest local and imported ingredients.

Address: Sanchaya Kosh Bhawan, Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 425 0210.

Roadhouse Cafe

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Pizza

Famous for its wood-fired pizzas, this Thamel favourite also serves excellent coffee and delicious Nepali snacks, but with so many trekking groups competing for space, getting a table can be a challenge .

Address: Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 426 2768.

Himalayan Java

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: European

This calm coffee bar looks out over the main road into Thamel but offers a welcome respite from the crowds. People gather here throughout the day for superior cakes, excellent panini and international breakfasts, plus the best espresso in the valley.

Address: Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 442 2519.


Price: Cheap
Cuisine: International

This narrow but towering multi-level restaurant is a favourite breakfast spot, with great views from its rooftop terrace. It’s cosy, friendly and the international menu (from curries to burgers) is surprisingly good for the price. Arrive early to secure a terrace table.

Address: Near JP School, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1 426 6979.

Yak Restaurant

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: International

A long-standing favourite for backpackers, with inexpensive, filling Tibetan and Nepali meals, cold beers and even tongba (traditional millet beer) on the menu.

Address: Kwa Bahal, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1425 9318.