Top things to do in Manali

Top Choice International in Manali

Johnson’s Cafe

The relaxed yet stylish garden-fronted restaurant at Johnson's Hotel frames a mountain view through foldaway windows, with the wood-fired pizza oven cleverly positioned to warm the bar area in winter. Excellent Euro…
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 sound-track. But it also serves good lasagne, thin-crust pizza and superb fresh…
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 walls…
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 dazzling …
Himachali in Manali


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 flavourful 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 clas…
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


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 a v…
French in Manali

La Plage

This decadent summer-only outpost of a chic Goan eatery serves French standards such as onion soup or mushroom quiche joined by specialities like overnight-cooked lamb, smoked trout, broccoli-and-courgette lasagne a…