Thimphu is the one place in Bhutan where you can break out of the same-same hotel buffets and track down some authentic local tastes. The one thing that is still hard to find is a breakfast or decent coffee before 9am, outside the hotels at least.

Clocktower Square & Around

Lower Norzin Lam is lined with cheap hotels offering simple and inexpensive vegetarian Indian food at lunch and dinner; try the Hotel New Grand or Hotel Ghasel for their good South Indian vegetarian dishes; and the NT Hotel for its inexpensive curries and liquid Tuesday special.

Self-Catering

For fresh produce, remember the busy Centenary Farmers' Market (Weekend Market) and the street stalls in Hong Kong Market.