Nestled amidst the mighty Dhauladhar mountain range, the town of Mcleodganj is well known for its picture postcard-like views and its terrific hiking trails. But what is travel without some good, soul-warming food in the mountains? If you are looking for more than just instant noodles on your trip to Mcleodganj, here’s a list of quaint little Mcleodganj cafes and restaurants you should visit.
1. Illiterati Books & Coffee
Cafe with a view – why not? This little cafe tucked away in a peaceful corner of Mcleodganj overlooking the valley and mountains is a sure-fire way to fall in love with the town. Their outdoor terrace seating arrangement is the best place to enjoy a steaming mug of coffee with a side of their famous baked goodies and book picked from their in-house library. They are also very well known for their Italian food so if you are looking for a filling meal, definitely give their food a try.
2. Tibet Kitchen
It is unacceptable to visit Mcleodganj, India’s mini Tibet, and come back without even having a taste of authentic Tibetan food. Think, fresh, succulent Momos or a hearty bowl of Tibetan Thukpa – this little restaurant is your go-to spot for delicious Tibetan fare. The name couldn’t be any more apt!
3. Khaana Nirvana
The catchy name of this restaurant is also indicative of the kind of food served here and the ambience you can expect. If you are a vegan looking for delicious food in Mcleodganj, Khaana Nirvana is where you should head to. They are known to serve fresh vegan food made with organic ingredients and claim to be a “world cuisine restaurant”.
4. Shiva Cafe
Iconic in its own rights, the Shiva Cafe in Mcleodganj is famous for its peaceful atmosphere, giving you probably your only chance at attaining Nirvana! The cafe may seem simple and ordinary but has a wonderful view of the Bhagsunag waterfalls which is best enjoyed with freshly prepared hot food and some coffee.
5. Lobsang's Four Season Cafe
Cozy, warm and inviting, this cafe is frequently visited by travellers for their delicious Momos, apart from the beautiful ambiance they have created in a small space. Moderately priced and value for money, if you are craving for good quality Tibetan or even Italian food, this cafe will not disappoint you.
6. McLlo Cafe
For a taste of Mcleodganj’s nightlife, head to the very popular 4-storeyed McLlo Cafe. Craving for a cold beer after a long day of hiking? This is where your thirst will be quenched! Whether you want to find yourself a spot on their partially open terrace with your gang or find new friends to hang out with, the McLlo cafe is a great place to spend an evening with good food, music and beer.
Some of these cafes in Mcleodganj have been around for years and now have loyal patrons who keep revisiting their favourite spots. Pay these cafes a visit for yourself and who knows, maybe even you’ll find a special place to keep coming back to?