Kathmandu Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Kathmandu

September 26, 2017 Augustus Redeker

Nepal’s capital is surrounded by a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples, shrines, and fascinating villages. Mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel District. Explore shops for exquisite work by local artisans—carpets and paper prints are specialties.
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1. Dwarika's Hotel

Pashupatinath, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Valet Parking Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +977 1-4479488
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 312 reviews

Dwarika's Hotel

Reviewed By Michael F

Was worried when the car turned off the congested dusty road into the non descript driveway. Then the front doors to the lobby opened and wow... A beautiful authentic vibrant hotel was exactly what we saw. The hotel is everything you would want in Katmandu. The people, food and atmosphere were excellent. Nice pool, spa and restaurants. Rooms are great and decorated to go with the hotel. The Nepalese restaurant was excellent. The birds are loud but not at all a negative. Wonderful hotel i would recommend to all.

2. Rosemary Kitchen & Coffee Shop

Thamel Marga, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Indian, European, Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +977 1-4267554
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rosemary Kitchen & Coffee Shop

NAMASTE- welcome to the place of excellence! "Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul." -Dorothy Day Rosemary Kitchen does not have a long history back, but the humble appreciation of satisfied clients so far makes it a Legend! It has been two year that Rosemary Kitchen was open to serve the public. Since then, it has been serving the food for soul and accumulated great client base of internal and external tourists who come to visit the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal.

Reviewed By Muna G

Wow that bruchetta was to die for. Really flavorful. I will remember that for a long time. The staff were very welcoming. It's a neat place in the heart of asan shopping district. Great garden, private atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Will be back here next year.

3. Mahaaja

Mahaaja, Thaitiy, Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Asian, Nepali, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +977 981-3603972
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Mahaaja

Reviewed By NZKateNJake

The food here is so delicious! The tofu was unlike any tofu we've had before in the way it was prepared.
The wasabi actually has a hit!
My mouth waters when I think about the okonomiyaki.
Their Japanese green tea was very tasty.
We were in Japan in march and we were not disappointed with the food here.
Staff are very friendly and the food came out quickly.
Recommend to all.
Only area for improvement is the edamame, which was overlooked.

4. Places Restaurant & Bar

Saath Ghumti Marga, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Delivery, Buffet, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Asian, Nepali, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$118 - HK$235 +977 1-4700413
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 578 reviews

Places Restaurant & Bar

Places - or Thau (ठाउँ) - is a cosy vegetarian restaurant quietly situated on Seven Corners, a side-street of the busy Thamel area. Whether you come in groups to hangout or alone to work on your travel photos, Places offers a relaxed environment. Places is run by Pradip and Sanjay.

Reviewed By Daisy C - United Kingdom

Definitely the friendliest and most attentive service we had during our stay in Kathmandu which makes a big difference!
Great atmosphere, good feel.
Staff knew about gluten free diet and could help with choices.
Really tasty food!
Favourite place we found for dinner thanks to such good chaps serving us!

5. Western Tandoori

Amrit Marg, North of trivedi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

Western Tandoori

Reviewed By OBK2014 - Istanbul, Turkey

Perfect example of what happens when places like this get hyped on tripadvisor. Everybody goes there and make themselves believe its fantastic. It's nothing special though. It's not bad either, and yes, it's quite cheap. But food here is really not that special. Mediocre at best, more or less what you'd eat in cheap Indian eateries in Europe. There's way better Indian food around, for those that look a tiny bit further than Thamel. Gupta Bhojanalaya on Chetrapati, for example.

6. La Casita De Boudhanath

6 Boudhanth, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$71 +977 981-3614384
Excellent
75%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 251 reviews

La Casita De Boudhanath

Spanish Home Style Restaurant Inside the Awasome Boudha Stupa. In La Casita you can enjoy one of The best views of Boudha and all The Monasteries at the Mountains . Its like a small Oasis where enjoy a Coffee or any of our Great juices, mocktails or cocktails at the rooftop . In La Casita you can experiment The real Spanish taste of food and Tapas. Best selection of Spanish menu feeling at home. SATURDAY CLOSED FOR STAFF HOLIDAYS.

Reviewed By Triplegem2017 - Bangkok, Thailand

This is one of the best restaurants in the Kathmandu Valley. The entrance is in a little alley right off the stupa. That same alley is the perfect way to enter the stupa from the street. The menu is varied and the food is always tasty. The view from the windows is fine, but the best view is from the rooftop tables. My photo of the stupa with 'Losar' lights was taken from this restaurant. This is a small operation that gets plenty of personalized, loving care from the Western owners. A great place to meet friends and hang out for the evening. Popular with expats and old Asia Hands.

7. Sarangi Vegetarian Restaurant

Thamel -29 | Shiva Complex, next to Kathmandu Guesthouse, Kathmandu Kathmandu, Nepal Delivery, Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Indian, Fusion, Cafe, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$16 - HK$47 +977 981-3992602
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Sarangi Vegetarian Restaurant

A social business that's contemporary in design, we serve high quality, vegetarian and vegan dishes. We welcome guests with good hearts that care about Nepal, its people and the environment. We have aquaponic garden on the rooftop growing organic veggies on site. Conveniently located right next door to the Kathmandu Guest House in the heart of Thamel, our restaurant is situated off the main street in the Shiva complex. We are at the back of the courtyard on the upper floors. This quiet location allows you to enjoy our delicious food, in a peaceful and spacious environment. We're proud to be 100% social business meaning all of our profits go toward empowering and assisting the Gandharba people in Nepal who rank lowest amongst the castes. Our experienced local chefs offer unique dishes that will WOW your taste buds and the presentation is simply divine! It will be easy to spend your morning, afternoon or evening with us as we offer a variety of settings and Seating arrangements including a peaceful Terrace for lounging which includes a cinema. As well, we're equipped with exceptionally fast WIFI for your convenience. We invite you to visit us and indulge in our amazing one-of-a-kind dishes, local music and feel satisfied knowing you just made a difference in anothers life.

Reviewed By moviegeekjn - Phoenix, Arizona

Thamel caters to tourists, so many of its restaurants feature international fare. The problem with that is getting the proper ingredients when they really aren't accessible in Nepal. Thus, your best restaurants in Nepal tend to be the ones that specialize in Indian and Nepali...MoreThanks for your encouraging review. You are right about the difficulty in getting some ingredients ... and they can be very expensive as well. We try to reach a good balance. Hope to see you again.

8. The Ship Restaurant Bar and Lounge

Amrit Marg | Thamel, Kathmandu 0977, Nepal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Indian, Bar, European, Asian, Nepali, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$141 +977 1-4412561
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 397 reviews

The Ship Restaurant Bar and Lounge

When the sun shines, which is often in Kathmandu, our delicious food can be served to our rooftop garden, on our upper decks and our main Promenade. This provides a more casual approach to the Ship's dining experience and there are spaces for over 60 diners to enjoy the Kathmandu Sunshine. Our main restaurant rooms provide comfort for all our guests in well spaced and uncluttered tables. Our menu has been designed so that all food can be prepared from fresh and delivered to the table within 30 minutes of ordering. All foods whenever possible are organically produced from local sources and will be served by young, enthusiastic and motivated people. Most are students taking their diplomas at a local Hotel Management college and it is the founders aim to help the education of the young.The Ship will assist in this education and will help promote the empowerment of women by providing a vehicle for on the job training and learning as well as providing in house development. Our emphasis will be on quality. Quality of food, quality of service and quality of surroundings, this emphasis will not be compromised. We believe that dining at 'The Ship' will be an unforgettable experience unrivalled in Kathmandu and we look forward to pushing the culinary boundaries of the dining culture within Nepal.

Reviewed By svshakya - Nepal

it is always so nice when somebody welcome you with warm smile....we are greeted by warm smile of the Manager...staffs are too energetic to serve... and the delicious foods are mouth watering....feel to eat time and again... I strongly recommend this restaurant to all

9. French Bakery kathmandu

Paknajol Chetrapati, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Delivery, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Australian, French, European, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 +977 1-4251998
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

French Bakery kathmandu

Not just a typical Bakery. A European fusion of best food, great coffee and cakes in town.

Reviewed By Dennis Q - Singapore, Singapore

Stayed opposite this place and decided to try it. Comfy looking cafe both from outside and inside - see pics. Small place - sits only about 20 so come early during meal times. Went about 3pm and it was almost full. Their servings are big. Had a big bowl of cajun chicken salad - vinaigrette dressing, fresh mushroom, lettuce, brinjal with generous chucks of chicken & tasty garlic toast. Neighbouring customer loved her huge plate of carbonara spaghetti. I simply loved their ice cold thick hazelnut Frappecino. Big straw. Fast service and friendly young staff. Had loaves of bread and wine lining the shelves on one wall. Will try those next time. Had a TV high on one wall but nobody is watching when there is good conversation going on. Wifi was strong.

10. Hello Kitty Restaurant

Thamel Road | Ga Hiti Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Highchairs Available Chinese, Indian, Asian, Thai, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$71 +977 985-1017030
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Hello Kitty Restaurant

Hello Kitty Restaurant is located at central city heart of Thamel Kathmandu. For the finest Chinese, Thai and Nepal food.

Reviewed By kcchin - Honolulu, HI

As of November2017, it has been opened less than one year. It was recommended to me by the hotel I was staying at which was right around the corner. I ate there twice and both times, it was delicious. Good service, good food, and ultra clean. They had an extensive menu which you can also order local Nepalese food.

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