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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.

Expensive

1905

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: Naxal, Narayan Chur, Kathmandu, 44601
Telephone: +977 1 441 1348

Chez Caroline

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: Singha Durbar, Baber Mahal Revisited, Tanka Prasad Ghumti Sadak, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 1 426 3070.
Website: http://www.chezcarolinenepal.com

Ghar-e-Kebab

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: Kamaladi, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 1 422 1711.
Website: http://www.annapurna-hotel.com

Moderate

Fire & Ice

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: Thamel, Sanchaya Kosh Bhawan, Tridevi Marg, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 1 425 0210.
Website: http://www.fireandicepizzeria.com

Kaiser Café

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: Thamel, Tridevi Marg, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 1 442 5341.
Website: http://www.kaisercafe.com

Roadhouse Cafe

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, Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 1 426 27885
Website: http://roadhouse.com.np/thamel

Cheap

Fren's Kitchen

Cuisine:

This vegetarian friendly restaurant offers a range of cuisines from Italian to Indonesian. Fren's Kitchen also provides authentic Nepali fare, for those travellers who enjoy the local flavour. With a chilled out atmosphere and excellent food, eating here is great experience.

Address: Thamel, Jyatha 30, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 9803 4399 13
Website: http://frenskitchen.com

Himalayan Java

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: Thamel, Tridevi Marg, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 1 442 2519.
Website: http://www.himalayanjava.com

Yak Restaurant

Cuisine: Tibetan

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: Thamel, Thamel Marg, Kathmandu, 44600
Telephone: +977 981 3289894

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This famous 5-star hotel was founded by a Russian entrepreneur on the site of a former Rana's palace. The stylish rooms are set in two modern wings that were untouched by the 2015 earthquake, and damage to the Rana-era buildings was quickly repaired. As well as swish restaurants and bars and superior business and sports facilities, the hotel has lush gardens and its own casino.

Hotel Ganesh Himal

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Kathmandu’s grandest 5-star hotel benefits from a secluded location, away from the centre but right on the doorstep of the Bodhnath stupa. The 290 rooms are luxurious, service is impeccable, and the hotel bar and restaurants are favourite hangouts for Kathmandu’s power players. Other facilities include a business centre, pool and spa.

Kathmandu Guest House

Probably the most famous budget hotel in Kathmandu, with a prime location in the heart of Thamel. The 121 rooms come in all shapes and sizes, from simple fan-cooled backpacker rooms to handsome air-conditioned rooms in an old Rana palace. However, the old wing was damaged in the 2015 earthquake and restoration work is ongoing. Bonus features include two courtyard restaurants with Wi-Fi, a peaceful garden and secure parking for bikes and motorcycles.

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Built in traditional Newari style, with brick courtyards and carved timber window and door frames, this eco-friendly boutique hotel has 48 comfortable rooms decorated with traditional Nepali fabrics and furnishings. It’s Rana-style living without the royal budget.