Food & Cuisine in Bhutan

Local Restaurant Top

San Maru Restaurant
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Address: Norzin Lam Thimphu
Phone number: 77332447
Description: 

The only restaurant offering Korean food. Try their mouth watering Korean BBQ. The joint is a popoular hangout for locals and also offers  excellent selection of  tea and coffee. 

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Space 34
Opening Hours: 22:00 to 01:00
Address: Opposite Bhutan National Bank
Description: 

Friday/Saturday: Most happening Night Club in Bhutan

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Arts Cafe
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Near Swiss Bakery and above the traffic
Description: 

As the name suggest, besides servicing great coffee and cakes, the cafe also showcases local paintings and other art and serves as a good hangout for locals during weekends.

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Sonam Trophel Restaurant
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Address: Tshongdue, Paro
Phone number: +9758274444
Fax: +9758275555
Description: 

Located on the main street in Paro town, Sonam Trophel is one of the oldest local restaurants in Paro, established in 1994. With a Cozy ambience, it is famous for local delicacies such as Emma Datsi. Personalities like Richard Gere are said to have visited this restaurant.

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Chula
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Chubachu
Description: 

Specializing in Indian food, the joint is one of the best Bhutan has to offer when it comes to Indian food. This restaurant is located in Chubachu.

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Ambient Cafe
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Norlim Lam, Below main Traffic
Phone number: 9752325578
Description: 

A nice spacious cafe offering varied types of Coffee, Tea and Pastries. The cafe also offers complimentary WIFI. The atmosphere is pleasant with selection of music.

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Zone
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Above national stadium, Thimphu
Phone number: 9752331441
Description: 

One of the few restaurant in Thimphu offering an Al fresco Sit out area. Zone is centrally located above National stadium and is a vibrant bar at night and a cool restaurant to eat during day. It offers great steaks, roasted chicken and Yak Burger. If you feel little, Bhutanese great ema datsi is also available.

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Om Restaurant & Bar
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Jojo Building, Changlam
Description: 

One of the most sought after hangout in Thimphu, The Om bar comes alive only after 8.30 at night. Large crowds of working class are drawn along with expats and this is indeed are a good place to socialize and meet the locals.

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Swiss Bakery
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: One block north of Clock tower
Description: 

Swiss Bakery  offers comfort food such as hot dog and Sandwiches The restaurant draws a colorful mix of Thimphu crowd and usually packed.

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Jampa
Address: 2nd. Flr , Peling Building, Near Swiss bakery Thimphu
Description: 

The only vegetarian restaurant in Thimphu

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Mojo Park
Opening Hours: 19:00 to 01:00
Address: Yangchenma Building, Changlam
Phone number: +975 17 11 09 75
Description: 

Mojo Park is the most happening joint in Thimphu and features live popular local bands. It is mostly frequented by locals and expats. The joint offers basic bar food and has an indoor as well as alfresco seating. It is an excellent place to unwind after a long day and meet up some locals. 

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Baan Thai
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00
Address: Karma Kamzang Building
Description: 

Specializes in Thai Food and have decent Thai Set Menus at Affordable rates.

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Cloud9 gourmet burger & milk bar
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Address: Ground Floor, Ghaden Khanzang Building, 42 Phendey Lam Thimphu, Bhutan
Phone number: +975 2 331 417
Description: 

Cloud9 is one of the most popular eatery for Hand crafted gourmet burgers, hand cut fries & classic milkshakes. Their burgers, ice cream, cakes & cookies are all made on-site with fresh, local produce. The joint is run by an Australian Chef and  is a popular with  locals and expat.

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Local Cusine Top

Willys Ice Cream
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: above Changlimithang Stadium
Description: 

Ice Cream Palour located  above Changlimithang Stadium 

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Charo Restaurant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00
Address: Tshongdu Paro
Description: 

A casual restaurant specializing in local cuisine. Quite popular for its fresh water trout delicacies during the season and known for its genuinely friendly service.

Known to have been started by four friends, hence the name Charo, implying "friends" in Bhutanese. If you are not scared of chillies and are looking for a little adventure, this would be a good place to hit.

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MId Point Restaurant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Below Main Traffic
Phone number: 9752321269
Description: 

Opened in 2000, located near Thimphu Traffic, the mind point restaurant offers great MOMOs and local cuisine and is a regular place of hangout for locals.

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Bunagu Cafeteria
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Bunagu
Phone number: 9755251544
Description: 

A good place to stop and get some food whilst driving to Thimphu from Phuentsholing. The restaurant offers a wide variety of local cuisine, Indian and some continental dishes. The restaurant is situated amongst natural forest and serves as a good place to rest.

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Bhutan Kitchen
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: A block before Clock Tower
Description: 

One place which serves exceptionally great Bhutanese food. Local big shots frequently visit it and the buckweats pancakes are a must if one is dinning there.

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Babesa village Restaurant
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 21:00
Address: Thimphu express way, near Dr.Tobgyel School Thimphu
Phone number:  +975 17 16 36 60
Description: 

The Babesa village restauant offers excellent selection of local bhutanese cusine. The restaurant in housed on a traditional bhutanese house and provides one the experience of eating bhutanese food in a bhutanese home. Located on the outskirts of Thimphu city. Try their delicious Sikham Paa with red rice.

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Folk Heritage Restaurant
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00
Address: Folk Heritage Museum, Kawangjangsa Thimphu
Phone number: 00975- 02-334637
Description: 

Located in the heart of city at Folk Heritage Museum. The Folk heritage restaurant in the best known address for local cusine. The owner herself is the chef and offers excellent seletion of bhutanese food from various parts of the country. The restaurant has both indoor as well as outdoor alfresco seating. Recommed malking prior bookings.

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Local Muti Cusine Top

Mezze
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Address: Norzim Lam, Near Ambient Cafe
Description: 

Muti Cusine Local restaurant located in Penday Lam. Offers Italian and COntinental Food

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Upstairs Restaurant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00
Address: Top Floor of CIty Mall
Description: 

Located in  City Mall.Upstairs Restaurant is a mutli cusine restaunat with a al fresco setup for seating. The outside seating offer pristine view of the Thimphu Hills.  

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Salsa
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00
Address: Etho Metho Plaza
Description: 

The only restaurant offer Mexican Cusine in Thimphu. It a mix run operation offerng various mexican cusines. 

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Chh'a Bistro & Bar
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Address: Changzamtok Thimphu
Phone number: +975 17 61 00 90
Description: 

Chha is a very popular restaurant for local and tourist. Located just out of town, the restaurant offers nice indoor as well as outdoor seating options. The restaurant offers multi cuisine and cater to a wide range of taste. Try their beef Pattie.

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Gantey Palace Restaurant
Address: Taju, Paro
Phone number: +97517111462
Description: 

Overlooking the valley of Paro, Gantey Palace is said to be centuries old. However it was only converted to a hotel in 1995 and today houses one of the best restaurants in Paro, hidden amidst apple trees and specializing in local and Indian fusion cuisine.

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Chang Restautant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 23:00
Address: Olakha Thimphu
Description: 

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Benez
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Address: Karsang Building, Jangchhub Lam, Near Le Meridien Thimphu,
Phone number: 17682970/17604223
Description: 

A very popular restaurant amongst local. Benez draws a wide range of Thimphu crowd. The place is very popular with locals and expats. It a good joint to hang out and meet some locals. Try their Grilled chicken legs in sambal served with nasi goreng.

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Italian Top

Seasons Restaurant
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Address: Doendrup LamHongkong MarketThimphu
Phone number: +9752327413
Description: 

Probably the best Italian Joint and a popular hangout for expatriates. If you feel like having a feel of home cooked foods, don't miss this place. The Brownies are awesome. Not to mention the people you may bump into you may have their own tales to share.

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All Day Dining Top

Lingka Restaurant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 23:00
Address: Satam Chorten Paro
Phone number: +9758271277
Fax: +9758271456
Description: Casual all-day dining restaurant offering a multi-cuisine menu.
Coffee Culture
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 21:00
Address: Changlam square
Phone number: +975 17 84 02 68
Description: 

The places is very popular for coffee and bakery times. A preferred place for local to hangout

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Fine Dining Top

Gawa Restaurant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 23:00
Address: Satam Chorten
Phone number: +9758271277
Fax: +9758271456
Description: 

Gawa Restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere with a traditional setting, surrounded by local artifacts and antiques, overlooking a small stream.

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Amankora Restaurant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 23:00
Address: PO Box 831 Paro, Bhutan
Phone number: +9752331333
Fax: +9752331999
Description: 

A quiet, understated, and secluded fine dining restaurant overlooking the Drugyel Dzong. A perfect place to spend a nice romantic evening with loved ones. The talented chefs at Amankora can tailormake anything for you, provided ample notice is given.

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Chig-ja-gye
Address: Post Box No. 524 Samten Lam Chubachu Thimphu
Phone number: +9752336699
Fax: +9752336677
Description: 

One of the best known joints for Bhutanese cuisine. Chig-ja-gye is a fine dining restaurant at Taj Tashi Hotel in Thimphu. With its sleek smart service, the experience of Bhutanese cuisine is further enhanced.

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The Thongsel
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 23:00
Address: Post Box No. 524 Samten Lam ChubachuThimphu
Phone number: (975 - 2) 33 66 99
Fax: (975 - 2) 33 66 77
Description: 

Mutli Cusine (Eupropean and Bhutanese), all-day dining coffee shop at Taj Tashi. Overlooking the prayer wheels and Thimphu Valley, the restaurant has a chic, casual, airy ambience.

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Bhukari Restaurant
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 23:00
Address: Uma Paro PO Box 222 Paro,Bhutan
Phone number: + 9758271597
Fax: + 9758271513
Description: 

Bhukari is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Paro. Hidden amongst the tall pine trees at Uma Paro resort, this restaurant boasts of a magnificent view of Paro Valley and a fantastic gastronomic experience, incorporating Indian, Bhutanese and western cuisine. Very casual and laid back in style, it offers both a la carte and set menu choices.

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