Where to Eat in Bhaktapur: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 24, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Bhaktapur (Nepali: भक्तपुर Bhaktapur  Listen (help·info) ), literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Khwopa (Nepal Bhasa: ख्वप Khwopa), it is an ancient Newa city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in Bhaktapur ( Khwopa ) District in the Bagmati Zone. It is administratively divided into 10 wards.
Things to do in Bhaktapur

1. Cafe Nyatapola

Taumadhi Tole, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch +977 1-6610346
Excellent
23%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 174 reviews

Cafe Nyatapola

Reviewed By bahno - Ostrava, Czech Republic

The greatest perk of the restuarant is a beatufiul view on the Taumadhi square. The food is good, although a bit pricey.

2. Newa Chhen Restaurant

Tachupal Tole, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Nepali, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Newa Chhen Restaurant

Reviewed By Antsy280 - London, United Kingdom

Super interesting experience. To enter the restaurant, you climb up really steep stairs (that are almost like a ladder). This place is not handicap accessible nor good for people with limited mobility or balance - and if you had little kids, you'd want to make sure they could go up and down super steep stairs, or have one adult at top and bottom to help!
We loved talking with the owner, and trying traditional Newari food. There was a menu, and a photo album put on the table, to show photos of the food! We tried the most popular dish which is a plate with several Newari foods, all which were delicious - but the odd part is the 'flat rice' which it's served with. It's like dried, rolled rice, which is like eating super crunchy cornflakes. The owner told us to 'chew with our back teeth', lol, which was good advice as it was quite tough. Ok so I didn't love the flat rice, but it was interesting and felt authentic, and the rest of the food was really delicious. Loved the rest of it. Definitely worth a visit! The bathroom is very rustic ... if you're squeamish you might find another one to use. :)
Great location on a beautiful square with Peacock window nearby.

3. Sunny Restaurant

Taumadhi Tole, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Sunny Restaurant

Reviewed By Y1964oung - Gunnison, Colorado

Sadly, we had an almost in edible meal here. We ordered fried rice (which was burned) and a Newari set meal (cold and lacking nice spice and flavor. It was the first day of the festival and likely help was hard to find. The service was good and the rooftop view nice.

4. Shiva's Cafe Corner

Durbar Square-8 | DurBar Square, Bhaktapur 44500, Nepal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$47 +977 1-6613912
Excellent
37%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Shiva's Cafe Corner

The culinary delights here range from Newari and Nepali Dal Bhat to Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Indian and Continental delicacies. And when comes the question of the quality of our culinary offerings. We never forget Hygiene is our top priority. Adding to the mesmerizing ambience, we also have min-garden from which you can savor the splendor of nature's graciousness all around on the south, the bliss you feel at Shiva's cafe corner is something different. We do have Himalayan organice beans, instant, and filter coffee and also available italian LAVAZZA coffee. With additional different flavours of organice herbal tea.

Reviewed By Tina H - London, United Kingdom

I can’t actually review the food because they weren’t serving any. October is peak tourist season in Nepal & this restaurant is part of a hotel & in Durbar Sq but they were only serving drinks. October is basically a month of festivals in Nepal & having been here 2 months I know businesses struggle to keep their staff over festival time but if you are in the top 5 on trip advisor then this isn’t acceptable, find replacements or do it yourself.

5. La Bella Nepali Restaurant

7 Mandev Marg | Jhaukhel Vdc, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, International, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +977 1-6616038
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

La Bella Nepali Restaurant

"La Bella Nepali" Restaurant (Nepalplanet, Planet Bhaktapur Hotel) is located into The Planet Bhaktapur Hotel. Restaurant, Garden, Roof top. Good food and smiles.

Reviewed By Celeste M - Melbourne, Australia

I popped in here most mornings in Kathmandu because it provided the most consistently good coffee. The food is main fare and good. It's also a good place to rest up if shopping in Thamel.

6. Watshala Garden Restaurant

Bhaktapur Durbar square, Bhaktapur 00977, Nepal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Indian, International, Nepali Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +977 1-6610957
Excellent
18%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 59 reviews

Watshala Garden Restaurant

Reviewed By DanicarO886318 - Chennai (Madras), India

We took here lunch and dinner, as we were sleeping at Bhaktapur.
As Lunch was good and owner very attentive, we decided to take as well dinner there instead to have bad surprise on an other restaurant.
Nepali Tali was delicious.
Momo and paneer pakora was good and for children they had some good burgers.
The location gave us some rest with a peaceful garden

7. Cafe Beyond

15 Itachhen, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Cafe, Korean Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +977 1-6620622
Excellent
59%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 55 reviews

Cafe Beyond

Reviewed By Morgana G - San Francisco, California, United States

We stopped here for a late lunch and we were blown away by the food. It was very tasty, super fresh, and a nice change from Dal-bhat. The brown rice and the vegetables were absolutely delicious. One of our favorite meals in Kathmandu, by far!

8. Sunny Restaurant and Cosy Bar

Pottery Square, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$63 +977 1-6616333
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Sunny Restaurant and Cosy Bar

Located on the roof of the hotel, right in the center of the old city, Sunny restaurant is constantly developing and adapting along with the desires of the clientele, offering a relaxing environment.Breakfast on the roof top of the building or in the lobby area, a snack while admiring the daily life of inhabitants, a cocktail at the bar, an aperitif enjoying the sunset, a dinner on the Terrace, a midnight snack…

Reviewed By Skye_Dopperganger - Singapore, Singapore

Nice rooftop dining with cool graffiti. We had our dinner there twice in a row. Good Mexican dishes and also nice ju ju dhau! Lovely and very polite staff adds to the nice experience.

9. Kutumba Restaurant

Barahipith, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating Asian, Italian, Chinese, Indian, International, European, Nepali Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +977 1-6611628
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Kutumba Restaurant

Reviewed By Diane L

We were only able to eat at the hotel because we arrived the day of the 7.9 earthquake and everything was in turmoil--except for the Hotel Heritage. We received excellent service and delicious meals despite the difficult circumstances. The hotel was safe and had a generator so we had all the amenities we needed.

10. Himalayan Bakery

Dattatreya Square | c/o Peacock Guest House, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +977 1-6611829
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Himalayan Bakery

Himalayan Bakery is a small cafe that offers a variety of Muffins, Cupcakes and sandwiches at an affordable prices.We do also House Red and White Wine. It has also Illy Coffe bar, offering the best of Italian espresso coffees. The Bakery is in part of Peacock Guest House,which is in a 15th Century Newari Building. Do drop in for a splendid bite of muffin and the best of Coffee and wine.

Reviewed By CatM211 - San Francisco, California

I came here twice. It is cozy and inviting with delicious beverages, excellent food and very good baked good (I had the carrot muffin). The highlight were the momo, which were fantastic.
The staff are really excellent, kind and helpful with quick service.

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