Nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Leh

Lala’s Art Cafe

Entered beside a 2000-year-old Buddha stela, this tiny, mudbrick house with a historic ground-floor shrine was saved from demolition and brilliantly restored in 2006. Stone steps lead to a cafe with floor seating an…
Top Choice Cafe in Leh

Ja Khang

Excellent coffee from a Faema machine served in an interior that brilliantly captures the Ladakhi spirit, while simultaneously feeling airy, bright and up to date. Low-key music plays some evenings. It's upstairs ab…
Cafe in Leh

Old Town Cafe

Hidden in the shadows of Leh Palace, the historic Lonpo House has a 17th-century kitchen that makes a quiet getaway to read and unwind. Currently only serves teas, instant coffee and basic juices, but on some Friday…
Café in Leh

Bikers' Café

This tent-like cafe has a gravel floor, tables made of old tyres and a wall sculpture made from motorcycle parts. Although there's a full multicuisine menu (mains ₹150 to ₹350, kitchen open till midnight), it's more…
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Saqi Bar

In the J&KTDC-run residency building this overwhelmingly male drinkers' retreat is historical without any upmarket 'heritage' feel. The bartender works from a 'pit', there are large, faded teak-edged wall mirror…
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Brazil Café

Stunning views of Leh Palace rising above the Jamia Masjid complement a selection of juices, great coffees (made Italian percolator-style), and snacks that include sandwiches, cakes and Brazilan-style chicken pie (w…
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Dar Bar

Even if you're not staying at the indulgent Lalit Grand Palace Hotel, consider ordering a drink at its little bar and sipping it on the hotel’s glorious lawns. Add 41.5% tax/service to menu prices.
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Polo Bar

The Hari Niwas hotel bar features framed riding crops, saddles and hunting prints. A full-sized racehorse sculpture fills the big window from which you'd otherwise survey the palace lawns.
Cafe in Leh

Yama Coffee House

Sit at modernist settees at big windows or on the shady roadside terrace for excellent espresso, cakes, local cheeses and fruit muesli.
Cafe in Leh

Cafe de Leh

Loud Indian pop rocks this urban-style coffee shop, layered over three floors. Serves breakfast sets (₹180 to ₹240), pancakes (from ₹120) and sandwiches (from ₹150).