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Top 10 Restaurants In Pokhara
Pokhara offers various dining options ranging from cheap eateries to luxury restaurants.
You will definitely find plenty of places to eat for your budget range, whether you can only spend 150 rupees for all-inclusive inclusive breakfast, or you want to treat yourself and order a meal that's five times as expensive.
Here I'm listing my favorite restaurants in Pokhara.
1. Joy's Restaurant & Bar
This is my favorite restaurant. I eat there every morning and see no reason to switch, because it offers the best value for money.
The prices are really low, yet the food quality is amazing - probably the best in town! For example, for 150 rupees you get a set breakfast option that includes:
- A large toasted home-made sesame-seed baguette with a good amount of quality butter and jam;
- A portion of roasted potato stir-fried in tomato sauce with pieces of tomato, onion and capsicum;
- Two eggs made in any way that you like (omelet, hard-boiled, sunny-side-up, etc.);
- Tea or coffee of your choice.
I don't think it's possible to get a better deal for 150 rupees!
Clientele: solo travelers, long-term backpackers, expats, Israelis, Nepali men.
Here are Joy's Restaurant menu pictures:
Joy's Restaurant is located in the Kahare part of Pokhara Lakeside, relatively close to Pokhara Java Coffee House. Walk past it and keep walking on the same side of the road. Stop just before the Wheat to Sweet Bakery - the narrow doorway right next to the bakery is the entry to Joy's Restaurant. You'll also see their menu next to the doorway placed on a stand.
Here's a Google map location of its approximate location (opens in a new tab). It's not listed there, so there's no map marker showing its exact location. But you can see the marker of the Wheat to Sweet Bakery - the restaurant is just next to it.
2. Sun Wel-Come Restaurant
This is another great budget restaurant that provides incredible value meals. The family who owns this eatery makes food that's wholesome and healthy.
For example, their mushroom soup is made with freshly picked mushrooms and is milky; you also get a slice of brown bread with garlic - all for 125 rupees, whilst most other restaurants charge almost double that or more, and give you a small bowl of canned-mushroom soup with some floating bits of wheat flour clusters!
This restaurant has excellent home-made brown bread and what feels like home-made butter. If you order two slices of toasted brown bread with butter and mushroom or pumpkin soup, the portion you'll get will be so big that it will keep you full for a long time.
The taste of food here is great - you really feel like you're eating home-made meals prepared with love. Also the family running this place is lovely. They're such humble and happy people. I think that many regular customers come there just to see them - that's how nice they are!
Clientele: expats, solo travelers, budget travelers, hippies, western paragliding instructors, western paragliders, long-term backpackers.
Here are some pictures of how the Sun Wel-Come Restaurant looks like. It has a typical cheap eatery look, but it's not the decor that's important, but the quality of food!
Here are the menu images of this restaurant:
The Sun Wel -Come Restaurant is located in the Kahare part of Pokhara Lakeside ( which is the end of the touristy part of the lakeside). It's situated right next to the Hotel Venus.
Here's a google map location of this restaurant (opens in a new tab).
3. Caffe Concerto
This restaurant is another great option to dine. It's one of the best higher-end restaurants in Pokhara.
It offers very different menu from the rest of the restaurants on the Lakeside, as it mainly offers Italian dishes.
The quality of ingredients used is outstanding, and the service here is consistently high. I've eaten there many times, and every dish and hot drink that I tried was perfect, with the exception of latte, which sometimes is very weak, and sometimes - strong.
I especially liked their gnocchi in pesto sauce, which is shown in one of the slideshow pictures below. Their herbal infusions must be tried too - by far the best ones in Pokhara.
Clientele: western couples, western families, solo travelers, Nepali families.
Here are Caffe Concerto menu photos:
4. Gurkha's Restaurant
I like this restaurant because of the excellent outside seating area and the fact that they consistently prepare good-quality western, Indian and traditional Nepali dishes.
Although this restaurant is located in the very tourist hub of Pokhara Lakeside, it manages to keep food prices low in comparison with the nearby eateries. This makes dining here an excellent value for money, plus the restaurant decor is pleasant both indoors and in their garden cafe.
The staff wear white uniforms and traditional Nepali caps. They're attentive to diners' needs, though during off-season, if you're the only one dining there, the staff might leave you alone for a long time. So you will sometimes need to go in search for them in case you need them!
The restaurant offers good-sized meal portions, it's the place for the best fries in town, and their spicy peanut masala must be tried (it's a traditional delicacy).
Clientele: Nepali families, Nepali men, western families, tourist groups from China, local youth groups.
Here are Gurkha's Restaurant menu images:
5. Pokhara Pizza House
I like this pizzeria because it offers good quality pizza that's well-priced and is delicious. I also like their outside seating area - clean and simple.
This is the best place to have meals when it's cold, because they have a proper old-fashioned fire-oven so it really heats up inside! Although some restaurants attempt to heat up their indoor areas by burning logs close-by, it gets nowhere as warm as in this place.
This pizzeria also makes excellent latte. Their Nepali tea is a must-try too, since they make their own masala mix for it, though with sugar mixed in. You may ask it to be made without sugar and they will make a fresh masala mix just for you.
When ordering hot drinks here, make sure to get it made when they have power (power cuts are frequent in Nepal). That's because then they'll make them with a coffee machine; so you'll get a frothed, rather than simply boiled, milk drink.
Clientele: Nepali youth, long-term western visitors, backpackers, western paragliders.
Here are menu photos of Pokhara Pizza House:
6. Godfather's Pizzeria
This is a review of the Godfather's Pizzeria that's just in front of Gurkha's Restaurant. There's another outlet of this pizzeria too, located in Kahare. I haven't tried that one though.
Although the pizza here is higher-priced, it's worth it because the quality is high. They use proper fire oven to bake pizzas, the pizza that you get is huge, and you have many options to design your pizza just the way you want it.
Their pizzas are prepared fast, which is great if you're hungry. They have plenty of seating options inside, as well as some seats outside - with a Phewa Lake view. There's also upstairs seating, but it may be too hot to sit there in summer days.
Clientele: package-holiday western travelers (both young and old), western couples, Nepali guys.
Here are their menu images:
This restaurant is relatively new. It was opened in Pokhara because of its popularity in another tourist hub - Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. It has many interesting food options, and dishes come in big portions and are moderately priced.
Once I got under-baked potatoes here, but apart from this one time, all other times I was served great food. Also, if you're not happy with something about the food, just tell them, and they will replace it.
The best part about this restaurant is the Phewa Lake view! You can see from the pictures below just how beautiful the landscape is. This place is spacious and has plenty of seating options - Arabian low-table style, retro-metal seats under an open roof, as well as wooden padded seats indoors.
Their fruit and vegetable juices are great, and breakfast options are good too. I like their pancakes which are served with honey or maple syrup (just ask for the maple syrup in case you prefer it to honey, as generally the pancakes come with honey).
They serve excellent fresh mint tea; if you come with a few other people, you can order it in a huge teapot. It also has a good selection of Israeli food.
Clientele: Israelis, solo backpackers, Nepali men, western travelers in groups.
Here are the menu photos of this restaurant:
8. Perky Beans Cafe
There are two Perky Beans Cafe outlets in Pokhara; both of them are good, but the newer one, located in the Kahare area, is better. It offers bigger meal portions and the staff aren't stingy about giving you more butter or jam with your croissant or bread - unlike it sometimes happens with the other cafe.
The same owner also has another good coffee shop located at the beginning of the touristy part of Pokhara Lakeside, called Early Bird Cafe. It also has the same range of pastries and the same breakfast and dinner options. It's located on the opposite side of the road to this location of am/pm Organic Cafe (a little bit to the right of the Harbor Restaurant).
Perky Beans Cafe in Kahare is a great option for breakfast. The freshly-toasted croissant with butter and orange jam is excellent.
Another great thing about this cafe is that they have a coffee machine which works even during power outages, which is very rare to find in Lakeside. But the downside is that they make really inconsistent lattes. Sometimes they're excellent, sometimes - too watery. So maybe it's worth asking to make it with more milk and less water - if you really want to be sure to get a milky cup of it!
Interestingly, the other outlet of Perky Beans located in the middle of the Lakeside makes excellent lattes! Their coffees are on the stronger side though, so if you prefer them light, tell them. They also make them by hand during power outages, and they taste as good as made with a coffee machine (and are frothy), making this place probably the only one to get good-quality hand-made lattes.
Clientele: solo backpackers, older Western men, Nepali guys, Nepali families, young Chinese tourists.
Here are the images of Perky Beans cafe menu:
Here's a google map location of a place near this cafe (opens in a new tab). You should look for it walking from Hotel Tibet Home towards the Rest Point Cafe. It will be way before the just mentioned cafe, on the same side of the road.
9. The Harbor Restaurant
This is, I believe, the most expensive restaurant in Pokhara. It also has beautiful luxurious rooms upstairs.
This restaurant is excellent for European-style cakes such as lemon meringue or chocolate cake. They also make non-sweet cakes such as the ones made with potato or egg. The prices of cakes are around 350 Nepali rupees for a small piece.
Their latte isn't great, and I wasn't impressed with their teas either. The cakes were good, though the portions are tiny! I think this restaurant is great if you miss European food - they excel in preparing such dishes.
It's an excellent place to dine if you want to enjoy the decor as well as the Phewa Lake views. You can dine upstairs, from where the views are even better. I also enjoy dining here for the atmosphere; it's spacious and relaxing, and you can hear the rushing water of their courtyard fountain.
Clientele: holiday-package western visitors in groups (mostly mature, some - young), Nepali men, Nepali couples, western couples.
Here are the menu options of The Harbor Restaurant:
10. AM/PM Organic Cafe
This is a good option if you're concerned about the hygiene of the prepared food. Some tourists are very sensitive to the change in food and may get an upset stomach if the food is not prepared in very clean conditions. So this is a good option for such visitors.
This cafe is always full of tourists and is especially a hit among newcomers, because of its cleanliness, dining promotions with trendy words such as "organic" and "almond milk latte", as well as good food.
I find that this cafe doesn't offer a good value for money, though. But if you don't mind spending a little more than what the meal is worth for the busy atmosphere and good food hygiene, then it's a good place to choose.
This cafe offers some European delicacies as well as interesting meal sets such as crackers with cheese and olives. They also make excellent mint tea and their American cheesecake is a hit (though pricey).
AM/PM Organic Cafe is located at the start of the Lakeside, just opposite of the Harbor Restaurant.
Clientele: solo backpackers, mature solo western women, Western couples.
Here are their menu options:
As you see, there are all kinds of restaurant dining choices available in Pokhara. Some are very budget-friendly, whilst some offer higher-priced food.
I've personally found that budget-friendly places offer more wholesome food and are much better value for money, though it's the luxury eating-out places that have the best views and may be a bit safer for newcomers hygiene-wise.