Nestled in Kangra valley, surrounded by forests of deodhar and cedar trees, Dharamshala offers a liberating retreat from the chaotic city life. In addition to the panoramic views of the magnificent Dhauladhar range, the hill town with its beautiful tea gardens and serene monasteries present a unique blend of cultures and traditions making it one of the most visited places in Himachal Pradesh.
The best way to experience the culture of Dharamshala is through its diverse cuisine. The bustling town offers a delightful mix of Tibetan fare, Kashmiri & Himachali delicacies and international cuisine.
Here’s our list of few popular places to eat in Dharamshala.
1) Crepe Pancake Hut – Located in the busy town of Mcleodganj, Crepe Pancake is an excellent choice if you are looking for a comfortable ambience along with delectable food. With a number of books and delicacies to choose from, this place certainly tops the list of quaint places to eat.The Burrito Bowl and Pancakes are some of the scrumptious delicacies that they offer. Moreover, nobody with a sweet tooth can resist a visit to Crepe Pancake.
2) Shangrila – Run by the monks of Gyudmed monastery, Shangrila is famous for serving authentic Tibetan Staples at moderate prices. A perfect brunch place, it is beautifully rustic and welcoming. Although busy during most hours of the day, the food here is absolutely worth the wait.Take your pick from piping hot momos, savory soups to the many flavours of tea.
3) Carpe Diem– True to its name, the cafe leaves no opportunity to amaze you with their palatable delights. Whether it’s sizzlers or sandwiches, the generous portions they dish up are more than what you are prepared for. The diverse menu covers multiple cuisines such as Italian, Thai , Indian and Chinese, so if international food is what you are looking for then head to this place located on the Jogiwara road in Mcleodganj.
4) City Heart – With its great service and cozy interiors, City Heart has managed to attract people from everywhere in Dharamshala. Although located in the midst of the crowded Kotwali Bazar, it is a favourite of not only the tourists but the locals too. Spread over two floors,the restaurant has an ice cream parlor that makes for the perfect dessert after a wholesome meal. Tandoori cuisine is their speciality and the restaurant is more than thirty years old.
5) Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen
This Italian restaurant, as you would have guessed, is a foodie heaven. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee with oven fresh pizzas and lip-smacking pastas, ensure their diners keep coming back again and again. Their blueberry cheesecake is a must-try. The colourful, vintage posters adorning its walls and the easy vibe of the place make it perfect hang-out place for groups and solo travellers.
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