Top ChoiceInternational in Manali

Johnson’s Cafe

The relaxed yet stylish garden-fronted restaurant at Johnson's Hotel frames a mountain view through foldaway windows, and its wood-fired pizza oven is cleverly positioned to warm the bar area in winter. Excellent...

Italian in Manali

Cafe 1947

This mood-lit bar-restaurant with a willow-shaded riverside terrace is popular for smoking shisha pipes (₹460) to an insistently upbeat soundtrack. It also serves good lasagne, thin-crust pizza and superb...

Hindu Temple in Manali

Hadimba Mandir

This much-revered wood-and-stone temple, constructed in 1553, has a three-tier pagoda-style roof plus conical top. The wooden doorway is richly carved with figures of gods, animals and dancers, and the outside...

Multicuisine in Manali

Rocky's Cafe

Trancey vibes and dangling prayer-catchers set the tone, and there are plenty of chess sets on the wide sunny terrace, but what really makes the climb worthwhile is staring into infinity, contemplating the...

Himachali in Manali

Vibes

Upstairs, 250m south of the bus station, Vibes is a great place to try authentic, beautifully presented Himachali food that's rarely available outside local family weddings.

Mediterranean in Manali

Casa Bella Vista

Just across the river from Old Manali, climb a short stairway to enjoy Bella Vista's high-quality vegetarian Spanish and Italian food served in a comfortably spacious setting with a florally feminine touch.

Multicuisine in Manali

Lazy Dog Lounge

This slick restaurant-bar produces flavoursome international food – from roast-pumpkin soup to peri-peri chicken, quinoa salad to semi-deconstructed pad Thai (Thai noodles in tamarind sauce). The inside space is...

Multicuisine in Manali

Drifters' Inn

This loungey restaurant-cafe with a mellow, jazzy soundtrack is good for hearty breakfasts, strong coffee and international dishes, from eggs Florentine to remarkably good Thai green curries.

Asian in Manali

Chopsticks

Tibetan lutes and ornate Chinese lanterns give panel-walled Chopsticks an attractively distinctive if slightly dated feel. It's handily located just across the pedestrianised Mall from the bus station and serves...

Cocktail Bar in Manali

Johnson Lodge Bar

Capacious settees around the fireplace, backed barstools, and garden seating complement a fine cocktail list and four happy hours (till 8pm). Welcome to one of Manali's most effortlessly stylish drinking spots.

French in Manali

La Plage

This decadent summer-only outpost of a chic Goan eatery serves French standards, like onion soup or mushroom quiche. You can also try specialities like overnight-cooked lamb, smoked trout, broccoli-and-courgette...

International in Manali

Renaissance

Twinkling fairy lights and strings of plastic flowers give a sweetly naïve charm to this cosy cafe-restaurant. Its Mexican meals are worth trying, while the beers/mocktails are great value (from ₹180/100).

International in Manali

Corner House

Corner House is a convivially stylish yet laid-back place for a whole gamut of cuisines: the menu includes Burmese, Thai and German options as well as lamb ragout pizzas, Greek salad, masala trout and much more....

Cafe in Manali

Backstreet Cafe

Off the main Manu Temple Rd, climb the stairway marked Rock Top Guesthouse to discover this oasis. It's a cafe amid apple trees, featuring a range of sitting spaces: shaded, sunny, fireside and indoors within a...

Bar in Manali

Sashas Hotel

Lushiously louche party bar with outdoor terrace decking on a cliff-edge overlooking the river junction.

Books in Manali

Bookworm

Excellent selection of books including many on the Himalaya. Also stocks strings of authentic prayer flags (from ₹70).

Hindu Site in Manali

Madhar

This squat, striped tower house with wraparound carved balcony is one of the most appealingly antiquated buildings in Old Manali, but hurry to see it as plans are afoot to demolish the current version and rebuild...

Museum in Manali

Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art

This dusty little museum is worth the nominal entry fee if you're visiting the nearby Hadimba temple. Its most interesting feature is the case of models showing the construction of temples and forts in and around...

Teahouse in Manali

Shiva Tea Stall

Manali's best ₹10 masala chai. The tea comes richly suffused with ginger and cinnamon at this ultra-basic shack-shop, where just a handful of plastic chairs are plonked round a single outdoor table.

Cafe in Manali

The Shed

This seasonal cafe has an excellent coffee machine, a semicircular bar zone (try the apple martinis) and a fire pit between sacred rocks.