*Most restaurants mentioned are not fully vegan but have ample vegan options.
We all know that Kathmandu has no shortages of restaurants. Every nook and corner is occupied with cafes and restaurants and most of them are pretty good too. However, if you’re vegan, finding the perfect restaurant must be difficult for you (unless you want dal bhaat of course).
Being vegan doesn’t mean that you have to limit your options to french fries and salads. As many people become aware of the benefits of going vegan, more restaurants in Kathmandu have started offering vegan food options. If you’re wondering where to find the best vegan restaurants in Kathmandu, we’ve compiled the best ones for you.
1. Utpala Cafe
A quaint monastery restaurant in Boudha, Utpala Cafe serves fresh and inexpensive vegetarian food. Their emphasis on organic food and handicrafts is apparent in the restaurant and makes the premises aesthetically pleasing. Their beautiful garden is equally peaceful and the ideal place to work or read a book. You can visit the restaurant at any time of the day and you’ll get to enjoy a buffet for a very affordable price. They’ve also fed a lot of people who were going hungry during the lockdown which makes this a great place to spend your money on. We highly recommend this place.
2. Loving Heart
Offering both Nepali and international cuisines, Loving Heart is friendly to both Nepali and foreign vegans. Located in The Avataar hotel in Thamel, it is quiet and cozy. The menu has variety, the food is delicious, and the ambience is really nice. The service is quite commendable, with friendly waiters and short wait times. This is definitely a must try place for vegans in Kathmandu.
Where | Z Street Thamel, Kathmandu
Call them | +977 981-3738956
Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/lovingheartveganrestaurant
Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/lovingheart.vegan/
3. Sarangi Vegetarian Restaurant
Tucked away in off-road Thamel, Sarangi Vegetarian Restaurant is really a hidden gem for vegans. The location, especially the rooftop is a quiet and ideal place to get work done. The seating area has a minimalist decor which is very aesthetically pleasing. They serve traditional and continental meals which are delicious. Do go there on a Friday evening for live music experience.
4. Happiness Vegetarian
This restaurant located in Boudha offers a large menu and a stellar view of the giant stupa. Owned by a Chinese person itself, their Chinese food tastes delicious and is vegetarian. The restaurant serves large portions, so go visit them with a group of friends.
Where | Boudha Road, Kathmandu
Call them |+977 981-3406665
Facebook | N/A
Instagram | N/A
5. Upstairs Cafe
Serving continental and Nepali food, the Upstairs Café is ideal for an afternoon visit. The environment is very homely and the staff are all very hospitable and helpful. Although this is not a vegan exclusive restaurant, it has a lot of vegan and vegetarian friendly options available.
6. The French Bakery
Also located in Thamel, after you’ve had a hearty meal at one of the other restaurants in Thamel recommended on this list, you can go for dessert at The French Bakery. The vegan desserts at this bakery are to die for. The aroma of baked goods hits you as soon as you walk in and all of their products are fresh and delicious. The baked goods are so soft and fluffy, we highly recommend them.
7. Places Restaurant and Bar
Places has everything; great food, a wide variety of alcohol, lovely ambiance, and live music. Even non-vegetarians rave about the food here. Places is dedicated to serving everything vegan, from their main dishes to their coconut milk ice cream for dessert. Definitely check it out the next time you visit Thamel and don’t forget to try their Pumpkin momos.
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