Best restaurants in Nepal

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kathmandu

    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 pot of tea or something stiffer. More than anything else, it's one of the city's most romantic locations, especially at dusk.

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    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, all to a cool soundtrack of Cuban son or Italian opera. The ingredients are top-notch, from the imported anchovies to the house-made tomato sauce.

  • Restaurants in Kathmandu

    Yangling Restaurant

    Both locals and tourists flock to this unpretentious family-run place for possibly the best momos (dumplings) in town (try the chicken ones). It also sells Sherpa Beer, Nepal's best domestic craft brew. The main location is on the southern edge of Thamel, signposted down an alley, but there's a branch just west of Thamel.

  • Restaurants 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 hard-to-find Tibetan desserts such as dhay-shi (sweet rice, curd and raisins). The mellow, old-school decor feels lifted straight from an old Lhasa backstreet.

  • Restaurants 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, zucchini and mushroom pie and ziva (pastry fingers filled with cheese), as well as a great meze sampler of hummus, felafel and labane (sour cream cheese) served in neat little brass bowls.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Patan

    Newari Kitchen

    This excellent-value restaurant is a great place to start exploring Newari food. The set meals are a good choice, or combine a wo (lentil) or chatamari (rice) savoury pancake with the excellent pancha kwa (stew with bamboo shoots, potato and dried mushrooms) for a light lunch. The patrons are mostly local Newaris, so you know the food is good.

  • Restaurants 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 salad, and crêpes Suzette with passionfruit sorbet, plus fine quiches and pastries, daily specials and a lazy weekend brunch (Rs 1250), all with a wide range of desserts, teas and wines.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chitwan National Park

    KC’s Restaurant

    A Sauraha classic, KC’s is set in a cool, thatch-roofed bungalow with an open terrace overlooking a manicured garden, with a fire pit for winter dinners. The chefs here look the part and the well-executed menu runs from Nepali and Indian curries to pizzas and pasta. We recommend the top-up-able thalis and authentic tandoori dishes, washed down with a lassi.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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’ so let the efficient (if not friendly) suited waiters know if you’d like extra heat.

  • Restaurants 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 standout dishes including the lime trout, Mediterranean-style chicken leg with olives, bacon and wine sauce, and fine desserts such as lime curd on almond cream.

  • Restaurants in Kathmandu

    Mitho Restaurant

    A friendly and cool place on the edge of Thamel that is trying to offer something more than the bog-standard tourist restaurant options. There are lots of fresh choices like Kashmiri crêpes, chicken tikka wraps and a mint, carrot, pistachio and feta salad, alongside a good range of Indian dishes.

  • Restaurants in Kathmandu

    Friends Restaurant

    Run by the same people as Or2k, but a less grungy, more grown-up option, Friends shows its Israeli roots through its hummus, shawarma and borek (filo pastry pies), but the menu also stretches to breakfasts, burgers, pizza and a particularly fine Thai beef salad. The decor is warm and relaxed, with exposed brick and farmhouse tables, and the service is normally good.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nepalganj

    Candy’s Place

    A stack of blueberry pancakes for breakfast? Real cheeseburgers with bacon? Oven-roasted chicken with stuffing – and tenderloin steak? Who would've thought you'd find American home cooking in Nepalganj?! And yet here you are, in the cosy six-table cafe atop the Traveller's Village. If you’ve OD’d on daal bhaat, this is heaven. Just don't miss Candy’s famous lemon meringue pie.

  • Restaurants in Kathmandu

    La Dolce Vita

    Life is indeed sweet at Thamel’s best Italian bistro, offering such delights as Parmesan gnocchi; goat’s cheese and spinach ravioli; and sinfully rich chocolate torta. Choose between the rustic red-and-white tablecloths and terracotta tiles of the main restaurant, the breezy rooftop terrace or the lounge space with its two tables overlooking Thamel Chowk; either way the atmosphere and food are excellent.

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    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 curry is surprisingly good and the chicken choiyla (spicy barbecued meat) packs a punch; you’re bound to find something good with a menu that ranges from daal bhaat to carrot cake.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pokhara

    Caffe Concerto

    Rustic ambience, an open fireplace and jazz on the stereo add to the bistro atmosphere of this cosy Italian pizzeria. The breakfasts are big and tasty, while the thin-crust pizzas come in 24 varieties (or compile your own) and are the best in town. The pasta dishes and salads are authentic, wine is available by the glass or bottle, and the espresso and gelato are superb. Bellissimo!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chitwan National Park

    Friends Café

    This rooftop restaurant is easy to miss, but don't! It's the best place to hang out in downtown Sauraha, at any time of day, with a cool vibe and tunes to match. The handmade menus on beer-carton cardboard reflect the personal touch of the creative owners, who have put new spins on all sorts of mainly Mexican and Italian dishes.

  • Restaurants in Kathmandu

    Forest & Plate

    Healthy foodies pining for their kale and quinoa will breathe a sigh of relief at this well-run place specialising in organic salads. The inventive combinations burst with fresh flavours and quality ingredients, while some steak and chicken dishes are thrown in for the carnivores. The pleasant rooftop location above Himalayan Java and the full bar makes it a good place for a cocktail.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pokhara

    AoZoRa

    AoZoRa is a bamboo-lined 'hole-in-the-wall' with a classic Japanese menu featuring donburi, ramen, sushi and several set menus, such as chicken teriyaki served with rice, miso and pickle. The Japanese-speaking staff welcome you with a glass of mugi (roasted barley tea), and point out the seasonal specials board. There's seating out the back if the front tables are full.

  • Restaurants in Kathmandu

    New Orleans Cafe

    Hidden down an alley near Kathmandu Guest House, New Orleans boasts an intimate candlelit vibe, a classy blues and jazz soundtrack and live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It’s a popular spot for a cocktail, but the menu also ranges far and wide, from Thai curries to Creole jambalaya and oven-roasted veggies. You need to book a table in the high season.