Top ChoicePalace in Kathmandu

Hanuman Dhoka

Hanuman Dhoka

Kathmandu's royal palace, known as the Hanuman Dhoka, was originally founded during the Licchavi period (4th to 8th centuries AD), but the compound was expanded considerably by King Pratap Malla in the 17th...

Top ChoiceCourtyard in Kathmandu

Itum Bahal

Itum Bahal

The long, rectangular courtyard of the Itum Bahal is the largest bahal (Buddhist monastery courtyard) in the old town and remains a haven of tranquillity in the chaotic surroundings. On the western side of the...

Top ChoiceGardens in Kathmandu

Garden of Dreams

The beautifully restored Swapna Bagaicha (Garden of Dreams) remains one of the most serene and beautiful enclaves in Kathmandu. It's two minutes' walk and a million miles from central Thamel.

Top ChoiceSquare in Kathmandu

Asan Tole

Asan Tole

From dawn until dusk the six-spoked junction of Asan Tole is jammed with vegetable and spice vendors selling everything from yak tails to dried fish. It’s the busiest square in the city and a fascinating place to...

Top ChoiceInternational in Kathmandu

Kaiser Cafe

Kaiser Cafe

This cafe-restaurant in the Garden of Dreams is run by Dwarika’s so quality is high. It’s a fine place for a light meal (such as savoury crêpes or build-your-own sandwiches), a quiet breakfast or to linger over a...

Top ChoiceIndian in Kathmandu

Third Eye

This long-running favourite is popular with well-heeled tourists. Indian food is the speciality and the tandoori dishes are especially good, even if the portions are a bit small. Spice levels are set at ‘tourist’...

Top ChoicePizza in Kathmandu

Fire & Ice Pizzeria

Fire & Ice Pizzeria

This excellent and informal Italian place serves the best pizzas in Kathmandu (wholewheat crusts available, as well as combo pizzas), alongside breakfasts, smoothies, crespelle (savoury crêpes) and good espresso,...

Top ChoiceInternational in Kathmandu

Gaia Restaurant

This popular and dependable place combines good breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and organic coffee in a pleasant garden courtyard with global music, reasonable prices (tax included) and good service. The Thai red...

Top ChoiceSquare in Kathmandu

Indra Chowk

Indra Chowk

The busy street of Makhan Tole spills into Indra Chowk, the courtyard named after the ancient Vedic deity, Indra. Locals crowd around the square’s newspaper sellers, scanning the day’s news. Indra Chowk is...

Historic Site in Kathmandu

Durbar Square

Durbar Square

Kathmandu’s Durbar Sq was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimised, and from where they ruled (durbar means palace). As such, the square remains the traditional heart of the old town and...

Square in Kathmandu

Nasal Chowk

Nasal Chowk

From the entrance gate of the Hanuman Dhoka palace you immediately enter its most famous chowk. Nasal Chowk was used for coronations, a practice that continued until as recently as 2001 with the crowning of King...

Temple in Kathmandu

Seto Machhendranath Temple (Jan Bahal)

Seto Machhendranath Temple (Jan Bahal)

Southwest of Asan Tole at the junction known as Kel Tole, this temple attracts both Buddhists and Hindus – Buddhists consider Seto (White) Machhendranath to be a form of Avalokiteshvara, while to Hindus he is a...

Courtyard in Kathmandu

Kumari Bahal

Kumari Bahal

At the junction of Durbar and Basantapur squares, this red-brick, three-storey building is home to the Kumari, the girl who is selected to be the town’s living goddess and a living symbol of devi – the Hindu...

Museum in Kathmandu

Tribhuvan Museum

The section of the Hanuman Dhoka palace west of Nasal Chowk, overlooking the main Durbar Sq area, was constructed by the Ranas in the middle to late part of the 19th century. This wing bore the brunt of the...

Hindu Temple in Kathmandu

Taleju Temple

Durbar Sq’s most magnificent temple stands at its northeastern extremity but is not open to the public. Even for Hindus, admission is restricted; they can only visit it briefly during the annual Dasain festival....

Tibetan in Kathmandu

Utse Restaurant

In the hotel of the same name, this is one of the longest-running restaurants in Thamel (since 1971!) and still turns out excellent Tibetan dishes, including authentic butter tea, tongba (hot millet beer) and...

Middle Eastern in Kathmandu

Or2k

This bright, buzzy and ever-popular Israeli vegetarian restaurant is a favourite for fresh and light Middle Eastern dishes, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. The menu spreads to fatoush salad,...

French in Kathmandu

Chez Caroline

In the Baber Mahal Revisited complex, Caroline’s is a sophisticated outdoor bistro popular with expat foodies. It offers French-influenced main courses such as wild-mushroom tart with walnut sauce, Roquefort...

French in Kathmandu

Old House

This easily missed but charming 200-year-old Rana residence features French-Nepali food. Dishes range from light lunch sandwiches (Rs 400 to Rs 500) and salads to set five-course tasting menus (Rs 2900), with...

Craft Beer in Kathmandu

Yeti Tap Room

The epicenter of Kathmandu’s nascent craft-beer scene, this beer garden at the Thamel Eco Resort offers dozens of brews by the can alongside five taps offering an IPA, a pale ale and a saison, with two rotators....