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

January 2, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

The Ladakh capital city of Leh lies near the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir, on the crossroads of the historic "Silk Route" from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India. The humbling monasteries of Shey, Hemis, Alchi, Thikse and Lamayuru will nurture your spiritual needs, and the landscape of Leh provides for a number of adventure activities including mountaineering, white-water rafting and trekking along the Markha Valley.
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1. Gesmo Restaurant

Fort Road, Leh, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Indian, Pizza, Fast Food, Asian, Tibetan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +91 94180 64040
Excellent
39%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 615 reviews

Gesmo Restaurant

Reviewed By sudipnandy - Kolkata

This is a small bakery cum restaurant and offers great food and service. They offer good continental, indian, chinese as well as Tibetan food. Prices are affordable but on the higher side. Quality and quantity is really good.

2. Himalaya Cafe

Main Bazar, Leh, India Seating, Delivery, Waitstaff Indian, Asian, Tibetan, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
39%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Himalaya Cafe

Reviewed By CAKANDARP - Ahmedabad

We went here at the end of our Ladakh Trip searching for Pizza & Pasta for our kids. It turned out to be an excellent experience having delicious food and excellent hospitality. We ordered Pizza, Pasta and sandwiches. The food was very tasty coupled with good quality and quantity. Must visit for tourists visiting Leh.

3. Neha Snacks

Main Bazaar, Leh 194101, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$16 +91 94191 79114
Excellent
34%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 172 reviews

Neha Snacks

Reviewed By vavasthi - India

The place from outside looks like a home cooked meal type of place, we went in the place thinking that. The place is nothing like that. It is a typical restaurant that serves north India food. The food had too much of garam masala to our taste and we really did not like it.

4. Il Forno

Zangsti Rd, Leh, India Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +91 96229 65941
Excellent
23%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 171 reviews

Il Forno

Reviewed By Suresh R

The service is quick. All hosts are attentive and responsive. All food options are well prepared - pizza, pasta, Indian...
Don’t ask if the bread used for the bruschetta is ciabatta bread - this is ladakh not Rome or Delhi or Mumbai :-).
Start your meal around sundown, take a table by the railing on the first level and watch the traffic n life flow by and slowly dwindle by nightfall.

5. Lamayuru Restaurant

Fort Road, Near Hotel Yaktail | Near Hotel Yaktail, Leh 194101, India Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Indian, Asian, Tibetan, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$71 +91 94198 87890
Excellent
34%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 361 reviews

Lamayuru Restaurant

Reviewed By VPATraveller - Inverloch, Australia

The menu at Lamayuru Restaurant is extensive with a great range of choices from Indian, Western, Asian diets. All food is delicious and prepared fresh. Even when the restaurant is full the service os quick and courteous.
The upstairs, corner position keeps you away from the traffic in a pleasant environment.

6. Summer Harvest

Fort Rd Leh, Leh, India Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Takeout, Reservations Indian, Asian, Tibetan, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
25%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 202 reviews

Summer Harvest

Reviewed By pojke-fredi - Brussels, Belgium

We went here to sample the various local and Tibetan dishes and loved what they served us.
The momo, fried or steamed,are really tasty.
The menu is huge serving various Indian, Chinese and even Western dishes. We sat upstairs and it looks a bit bland and basic, until you get your plates that is...
It was interesting to see that The night we went several tables had local monks eating there...

7. The Tibetan Kitchen

Fort Road | Near Hotel Ladakh Villa, behind tibetan handicrafts market., Leh 194101, India Reservations, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wine and Beer Chinese, Indian, Tibetan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$534 +91 95968 59020
Excellent
46%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 722 reviews

The Tibetan Kitchen

The Tibetan Kitchen is a cozy and charming eatery in the bustling town of Leh. Tucked away behind a Tibetan market on Fort Road, it's one of the oldest and best place to eat in Leh. The restaurant has a humble ambience and a lovely sit out open to the sky. In peak season it is extremely crowded and at most times you have to wait to get a table. Speaks volume of the food, if the place has people flocked and waiting for a table you know the food ought to be great. Creating a variety of taste buds we serve Tibetan, Chinese, Thai, Continental and Indian cuisine along with chilled beer. The food is made fresh, we make the dishes from scratch that you have to give us enough time to have your order served and you will be pleasantly delighted. You can also sit out in the open space, order a cup of tea or coffee and some starter, read book in the evening and it can be very relaxing. Usually after the peak lunch hour the place is quiet. Other authentic Tibetan dishes like Gyako are made on request and you have to order a day ahead because it takes time to cook and are prepared in the most authentic way

Reviewed By Khanra - Bangalore

This restaurant serves Tibetan food apart from other delicacies. We had lunch one day with family and everybody enjoyed the food. We also ordered grilled Trout (bought from Manali as fishing is banned in Leh), and it was very fresh. You can seat outside on a sunny day or warm inside. Staffs are friendly and ensures prompt service.

8. Penguin Garden Restaurant

Fort Road, Leh, India Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +91 94191 78630
Excellent
49%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Penguin Garden Restaurant

Reviewed By KamzangKim - Kathmandu, Nepal

Penguin is one of my favorite restaurants in Leh, from breakfast until dinner, always packed, a testament to their delicious, clean food and garden cafe. Penguin is of the best staffed restaurant in Leh, and serves a wide variety of food - from creative salads, to fresh juices, to tandoori chicken and naan. I bring my Kamzang Journeys groups there all the time for dinner! Love it ... Highly recommended.

9. Chopsticks Noodle Bar

Fort Road | Fort Road, Leh, Leh 194101, India Delivery, Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Chinese, Indian, Asian, Indonesian, Tibetan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$55 +91 19178652
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 600 reviews

Chopsticks Noodle Bar

A restaurant with both indoor and outdoor sitting, serving authentic Ladakhi food and the best of Asian cuisine. Vegetables are sourced from our very own organic farm and from local farmers. A communal dining concept with the chance to meet new people and share travel experiences. As the saying goes "There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet." Conversation abounds at Chopsticks Noodle Bar, where we have chosen to keep it unplugged. We made that choice deliberately. You'll see people sharing tables, enjoying their meal and just talking. We promise a dining experience with less distraction and more interaction. Open for lunch and dinner.

Reviewed By shalinvarma - Faridabad, India

Very welcoming, good food and good service.Only a tad bit noisy! Noisy crowd in mood for celebration with no concern for others was the only sore point.

10. Wonderland

Changspa Road, Leh, India Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Indian, International, Tibetan, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 143 reviews

Wonderland

Reviewed By Ankur G - New Delhi, India

What an amazing restaurant this is!! We had many meals at this outlet and different cuisines and everytime there were one level up on the taste and service. Desserts were also awesome. Highly recommended place and even the wifi works to some extent here :P

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