Take a day trip to Bhaktapur, an ancient Newari city situated about 13km from the capital. While many of its historic temples were destroyed during the April 2015 earthquake, reconstruction efforts are now in full swing, with traditional artisans painstakingly rebuilding each structure by hand.
SEE & DO
Visit one of Nepal’s largest stupas at dawn or dusk, and admire the whitewashed structure with its all-seeing Buddha eyes. Join the pilgrims in lighting a butter candle.
Chandragiri Cable Car
Opened in 2016, this is one of Nepal’s newest tourist attractions. The ride from the village of Thankot to the 2,547m-high summit of Mount Chandragiri offers visitors with sweeping views over the city and the Himalayas, without the need for an arduous trek or an expensive flight.
Cook Like a Local
At this hands-on cooking class, you’re invited to take part in everything from shopping for ingredients at markets to the cooking and, of course, eating. Learn to make Nepali favourites like momo (dumpling) or dal bhat (steamed rice with lentil soup). There’s no fixed price; make a contribution based on what you feel the experience is worth.
Siddhartha Art Gallery
A former Rana palace, Baber Mahal Revisited has since been converted into a series of shops and eateries. Among them is this gallery exhibiting contemporary Nepalese art that looks to address sociocultural and political issues.
Social Tours organises socially responsible experiences around Nepal. Its “Rise of the Artisans” day tour takes participants to Bhaktapur and Boudhanath to learn more about the restoration efforts at these heritage sites.
Wake up at sunrise and climb the 365 stairs leading to this Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage site, otherwise known as Monkey Temple. Wander around its stupas and shrines, and admire the romantic, pastel-tinged views over the Kathmandu Valley.
Cruise through the narrow alleys of Kathmandu on vintage Vespas alongside local guides. Sign up for a foodie tour around the city or venture out into the surrounding villages of the Kathmandu Valley.
EAT & DRINK
Dine on a mélange of authentic Newari and Indian delights, such as khasi ko hyakula (mutton ribs), rich masala curries, dhals and naan, at this homely restaurant.
Gaia Restaurant and Coffee Shop
Tucked away along a side street, this garden restaurant is an oasis in the heart of busy Thamel. Dine on soups, salads and sandwiches; Nepali, Thai and Indian dishes are available, too.
Sample a cup of local coffee, made with Nepali beans roasted and brewed in-house at this chain of cafés. Pair your coffee with a delicious slice of cherry almond cake.
This Kathmandu institution has been open for 18 colourful years and counting. Climb the four flights of stairs to this rooftop bar to catch local and visiting live bands performing every Wednesday and Saturday.
Karma Coffee Hub Thamel
Working with over 600 farmers in Nepal, they pride themselves on serving up highly sought-after artisan coffee. The Thamel branch officially opened in September 2018, offering the same high-quality fair-trade coffee but in a larger location with a more extensive menu.
La Sherpa Farmer’s Market
Head here on Saturday mornings (8am to 12.30pm) to sample Himalayan yak cheese, spicy Nepalese pickles, floral mountain honey and other seasonal local produce. Then, brunch in the sun at the recently reopened La Sherpa Restaurant.
With live reggae and jazz music, uproarious comedy nights and delicious Sherpa craft beer on tap, this casual bar is a popular spot to unwind with friends.
Dawdle over brunch at this cheerful café, which serves indigenous ingredients in inspired ways. Think buckwheat and millet flour pancakes with homemade plum sauce or crispy arikanchan, a delicacy made of taro leaves, black lentils and a secret spice mix.
This long-beloved watering hole, located just north of the Saatghumti junction, is tricky to find but it’s worth the effort. It’s been there forever and the friendly bartender is a local legend.
Baber Mahal Revisited
Among the tranquil courtyards of the Rana palaces, you’ll find boutique shops hawking Nepali products, from Himalayan cashmere to traditional artwork.
Blue Note Building
This funky Art Deco building offers an eclectic mix of shops and eateries under one roof, including a fine German bakery, a Korean kitchen, a wine bistro and several small souvenir boutiques.
Of Silk & Salt
This new multi-concept space – located in the heart of historic Patan – feels like a 21st century take on the Silk-Road-meets-hippie-trail. There’s a restaurant that serves Asian fusion cuisine, a boutique that stocks the clothing and homeware designs of the French owner Anne and a charming homestay.
Sunapati Thangka Painting School
Take home a traditional Tibetan thangka (a Buddhist painting usually rendered on fabric) framed with colourful silk brocade. You can commission bespoke paintings, too.
Timro Concept Store
Set in a mini warehouse, Timro combines a fashion boutique with an art gallery and gives young Nepali designers a place to showcase their creations. From silver-plated jewellery to soft leather handbags, find an array of unique designs. There’s also an on-site café serving Nepali teas and sweet treats.
1905 Suites and Restaurant
1905 Suites and Restaurant is housed in a neoclassical building that functioned as an artistic hub in the early 1900s. Today, it has been converted into a boutique hotel with four elegant rooms and a garden restaurant.
3 Rooms by Pauline
Located within a Unesco World Heritage complex, this eponymous hotel offers only three rooms, but each is beautifully furnished with antiques and curios from all over the world. The rooms feature four-poster beds and oversized bathtubs, as well as idyllic views of the heritage courtyard.
This beautiful five-star hotel offers 87 luxe rooms, a spa, a library lounge and an outdoor pool. However, most notable are its preservation efforts – much of the property is constructed from traditional woodcarvings salvaged from old buildings across the valley.
This beautifully restored 100-year-old building has a colourful history – it used to belong to a son of a former Rana-era prime minister and later housed leaders of the democratic movement. Today, it’s a charming boutique hotel with attractively furnished rooms and a modern restaurant.
The Inn Patan
Situated off the architectural treasure that is Patan Durbar Square, this boutique heritage hotel was once a traditional brick and timber Newari house. Touches like ancient chain-latched windows and carved pillars add to its charm.
Baber Mahal Revisited
在这间家常的邻里餐馆，品 尝一系列正宗的尼瓦尔及 印度佳肴，包括 khasikohyakula羊排、马 萨拉咖喱以及烤饼等。
Blue Note Building
在充满个性的这栋艺术装 饰风格建筑内，设有一系列 风格多元的商店及食肆，包 括精致德国面包店、韩国餐 厅、葡萄酒酒馆，以及几间 纪念品专卖店。
设有67间设备齐全的客房 的这栋崭新酒店，坐落于知 名背包客胜地塔美尔的边 界。其优美精致的露天无 边际泳池，为住客提供热 闹都市的壮观景观。
这家受欢迎的酒肆在加德 满都营业了18年之久。每逢 星期三和六，当地人和游客 都会爬上四层楼梯级来到 这个露天酒吧，欣赏当地及 到访乐团的现场表演。