The alternative Kathmandu: #2 Where to find the best lunch

The alternative Kathmandu

If this is your second visit to Kathmandu you may be in need of a few thoughts to explore the city further, understand it more, so you don’t just have a quick stay before shooting off to Pokhara, Solu Kumbhu etc. If this is your first visit then we hope to help you get more out of your trip and get out of the mainstream rather than following the hordes every day to Swayambhu, Pashpatinath or Durbar Square.


 #2 The best lunch in Kathmandu!

Ethnic food is part of any travel experience, especially momo, daal bhaat, haku choyla, tswon, and aloo achar in Nepal, all subject to hygiene standards of course. Sooner or later however cravings set in, and always during our many visits to Nepal it was for fresh salads, proper bread, cakes, and fresh fruit. And to hell with the price!

Well, let me tell you that for around £10 you can have the best “all you can eat” buffet we have experienced anywhere in the world. As well as all of the salads, charcuterie, fruits, cakes, breads etc there is a complete array of hot foods of Nepal …… curries, rice, pulses, as well as a daily variation around Chinese and Roasts. The Sunrise Café at the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Durbar Marg does breakfasts and dinner too with the lunch buffet starting at 12 noon. Certainly more expensive than very cheap Nepali food in most Thamel cafes, but hey come on how much would such high class food cost in your own country?


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Next in the series ….. Mahaboudha, a very different temple in Lalitpur.

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10 replies

  1. I had dinner at the Yak and Yeti 🙂 It was fabulous. And such a wonderful venue too.

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  2. Now any post entitled ‘where to have the best lunch’ has me hooked! Great value and a great meal. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  3. Looks delicious! I hardly ever see blog posts about Kathmandu, someplace I’ve always been curious about. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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    • It’s a very varied place! This lunch is far from typical. My wife is from Kathmandu and we have whole series on the place, more to come so why not follow?


  4. Mmm that food looks delish and I agree, its the best part of any travel experience, and in my opinion, sometimes the main reason why we travel haha Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

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    • Well, I wouldn’t say that food is top of my own list of travel aims, but when you visit a third world country like Nepal (my wife’s original home) as often and for as long as we have done, the craving for unspiced foods without rice or noodles becomes unbearable! Fresh bread, cheeses, charcuterie, fresh fruits, cream cakes, salads, roasts, all take on a magnetism if you’ve been living in a tent in the mountains for a couple of weeks too! 👍🕉👫

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  5. Everything looks delicious! Sometimes these buffets work wonders since you have the best of two (sometimes even three) worlds. You have great food from the country you are in and some things that can be considered “international.” Great pick! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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  6. Looks so good it could be dangerous! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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  7. Yes definitely the best lunch in town! It became a favourite place for all my family.

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