Once an anchor on the infamous overlander's trail in the 1960's and 70's, Kathmandu's days of 10 rupee beds and ad hoc hippie communes may be over, but not so far past that you can't still see their legacy. Kathmandu is the classic traveller's city: extremely cheap,...more
Pleasure-dome, shopping paradise, and gastronomic wonderland, Kathmandu's Thamel neighborhood is a tourist ghetto of the first order. Most of the city's budget and midrange lodging, many of its best restaurants, and 90% of its shops are located here. It might not be the authentic...more
Good coffee, fine pizzas and paninis, and great atmosphere here make this an excellent stop for a meal or caffeine jolt while you're in Thamel. It's on the 2nd story across the street from the much pricier Fire & Ice.
It seems hardly a day goes by in the Thamel tourist ghetto without a stop at Hot Breads for a mocha or tasty pain au chocolat. Good, cheap pastries and decent coffee -- grad some bakery and eat it on the rooftop here.
With its towering 8th-story rooftop, cozy interior, and excellent range of Continental and Subcontinental dishes, Helena's is a great choice along the Thamel strip. Breakfasts are awesome, and service is reliably friendly.
Though the Mexican influence on the food here might throw you for a loop, this long-time Tibetan resto is the place to go for dirt-cheap momos (dumplings) and thukgpa (noodle soup). Even the enchiladas are passable.
The medieval coronation square and the heart of Kathmandu's Old City, this collection of towering Himalayan pagodas and shrines is the single most atmospheric part of Kathmandu, and a must-visit while you're in the city. The strange romance of the architecture makes a unique...more
Perched atop a high hill overlooking the city of Kathmandu, the ancient religious site of Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple for the legions of brazens macaques who live there) is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus, and is one of the coolest visits in the near-Kathmandu Valley. The...more
A bit south of the bustle of Kathmandu's Thamel tourist ghetto, but still in the thick of things, Ganesh Himal has clean, comfortable, mid-range rooms at budget prices. Decent rooftop and tasty in the house restaurant.