Must see restaurants in Thimphu

  • K

    Karma's Coffee

    Karma's was an early arrival on Thimphu's coffee scene and is still going strong despite lots of competition. The interior is a little dated but it's warm…

  • F

    Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant

    The handsome pavilion restaurant inside the Folk Heritage Museum serves good Bhutanese meals, with a mix of meat and vegetable dishes, and there's a…

  • C

    Cypress Hotel

    An unpretentious and charming family-run place serving delicious and spicy Bhutanese and Nepali food. The shahi paneer – fresh cheese in mildly spiced…

  • Z


    Any local will tell you the best momos (deep-fried or steamed dumplings) in town are served at Zombala, a cheap and cheerful local dive near Hong Kong…

  • S

    Sonam Tshoey Ice Cream

    This watch shop (look for the Tissot sign) doubles as an unlikely purveyor of delicious homemade ice cream. The all-natural vanilla, coconut and chocolate…

  • R

    Rice Bowl

    Familiar Chinese dishes such as chilli pork, Sichuan chicken and spare ribs are made to be shared here, and the brightly painted, well-lit interior is a…

  • C

    Cafe Himalaya & Bakery

    Fine Lavazza coffee, excellent homemade cakes and snacks such as pizzas and burgers make this modern coffee house a great place to warm up on a cold…

  • S

    Silver Wok

    A bright dining room above Norzin Lam, with a bistro feel, cold beers, a Chinese-and-friends menu, and views over the shopping bustle.

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    A central supermarket that stocks everything from fresh spices and cordyceps tea to imported breakfast cereals and Red Panda beer.

  • G


    The menu isn't quite as flashy as the sleek decor would have you believe at this upstairs restaurant overlooking Clocktower Sq, but the Indian, Chinese…

  • M

    Musk Restaurant

    A popular Clocktower Sq hang-out where locals come to shoot the breeze and puff surreptitiously on cigarettes on the terrace. The menu is mostly Bhutanese…

  • H

    Hotel New Grand

    A simple but wholesome pure-vegetarian restaurant with slightly incongruous Bhutanese decor, but a broad menu of South Indian delicacies such as dosa…

  • H

    Hotel Ghasel

    This simple local hotel offers excellent-value Indian vegetarian food for travellers on a budget. The red chutney served with the dosas is delicious.

  • B

    Big Bakery

    This project trains young Bhutanese with learning disabilities as bakers. Drop in for a cup of coffee and a croissant to help support their work.