In the heart of Phuentsholing, Kizom Cafe declares its presence with a solid, carved wooden sign and sleek facade. Delicious scents of fresh coffee and pastries, along with pleasant music, invite guests inside.
Java lovers will be delighted to know that the cafe serves up real brewed coffee and espresso drinks, a welcome surprise amidst a sea of instant coffee in much of Bhutan. Also offered: a wide variety of pastries, breads, cookies, cakes, parfaits and other sweets, all made freshly in-house. Guests seeking more substantial fare can sample the selection of burgers, pizza, waffles, shakes and smoothies.
Kizom Cafe’s decor features rich reds and browns, with seating on the ground level as well as a more extensive space upstairs for guests to relax in. Though opened recently in 2013, the cafe already hosts a stream of patrons who come to enjoy the fine refreshments and fast, free WiFi.
Owner Karma Jigme first opened Zen Restaurant next door in 2005, then expanded with Kizom Cafe in 2013.The reason for its conception? “There weren’t any other cafes in Phuentsholing with really good quality coffee and food, and nice atmosphere. We wanted to make a place for visitors to come and enjoy.”
This simple desire for others’ happiness and enjoyment, for which Bhutan is famous, certainly shows in Kizom Cafe’s welcoming atmosphere and tasty offering of treats.