Thimphu restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Thimphu

Ambient Café

A central, bright and well-run place, popular with expats, many of whom treat it as a de facto office. It offers free wi-fi, good espresso coffee, homemade cakes and ice cream, and daily vegetarian lunch specials, i…
Top Choice Italian in Thimphu

Seasons Restaurant

This deservedly popular restaurant specialises in thin-crust pizzas, but also offers daily specials and excellent salads, including a smoked beef, blue cheese and pear salad (Nu 480). The alfresco patio overlooking …
Top Choice Burgers in Thimphu

Cloud 9

You may not have come to Bhutan to eat burgers but if the hankering for something familiar hits, this Australian-Bhutanese place really delivers the goods. The ingredients are top-notch, with house-baked brioche bun…
Top Choice International in Thimphu


This expat favourite is half-bar, half-diner, with a Bhutanese twist. There's burgers and fries, house-made ice cream, ribs (including yak), pizza, momos, hot dogs, and fish and chips. The outdoor pub-style seats ar…
Bhutanese in South of Thimphu

Babesa Village Restaurant

If you can get over the inconvenient location, 7km outside Thimphu, this charming restaurant offers traditional Bhutanese cuisine in a lovely century-old building, one of four still standing incongruously right next…
Bhutanese in Thimphu

Zombala 2

This branch of Thimphu's famous momo restaurant serves delicious food in a lovely, spacious location, overlooking Thimphu's main junction on the site of the old Plums restaurant. It's deservedly popular with both vi…
Indian in Thimphu


Chula gets our vote for the best Indian food in town. The chicken tikka masala, dal Lakhnavi and palak paneer are all great, as are the good-value set lunch thalis (Nu 300). The dishes are tuned to tourist tastes, s…
Thai in Thimphu

Lemongrass Thai

The portions are made for sharing at Thimphu's best and most stylish Thai restaurant, with excellent dishes like Thai basil chicken or chicken panaeng curry, prepared by a Thai chef. Groups of four or more can preor…
Cafe in Thimphu

Karma's Coffee

A cosy cafe with every conceivable version (hot, iced or frappéd) of what could be the best coffee in Thimphu. There's comfy seating, plenty to read, all-day breakfasts, burgers, fried chicken, delicious brownies an…
Cafe in Thimphu

Himalaya Cafe and Bakery

Fine Lavazza coffee, excellent homemade cakes, pizzas and burgers make this modern coffee house a great place for a meal or Western snack.