Located just off Babesa-Thimphu Expressway on the outskirts of the capital city is a gem that should not be missed.
Run by a lovely Korean woman and her Bhutanese husband, San Maru offers a unique culinary experience in Bhutan.
Conveniently located in Hong Kong market in the heart of Thimphu town, Sinchula Restaurant is where locals head for authentic, affordable Indian food that tastes great.
When you want to taste the real food of a place, you go to where the locals eat — and all the locals in Thimphu will tell you that Kalden Restaurant serves the best classic Bhutanese food around.
On the eastern bank of the Chamkhar Chhu is Bumthang's uniquely picturesque "industrial zone."
In business since 1991 and still popular, Sonam Trophel restaurant serves some of the best food in Paro, right in the heart of town.
7th, Hotel Druk's restaurant, has a well-deserved reputation for the quality and authenticity of its dishes.
Serving exceptional coffee and quality vegetarian food, Ambient Café has been catering to expats and locals alike for 5 years.
The Art Cafe is a sunny, airy bakery with lots of customer seating just a minute's walk from the main traffic circle.
Bhutan Kitchen, right in the heart of Thimphu town, is a mainstay for tourists due to its cozy traditional seating and dishes that cater to the less chili-tolerant western palette.
Bhutan Orchid offers a variety of authentic Bhutanese food, served strictly buffet style, in set menus priced at Nu 390 (around USD 6).
A favorite with expatriate and local coffee aficionados, Champaca Café in the heart of main street is the place to get caffeinated in Paro.
Chha's delicious and unique meals — including Bhutanese, Chinese, Indian and Continental items — draw visitors in, but with karaoke and a fabulous outdoor patio, you won't want to leave.
Two walls of Chimi Lhakhang Cafeteria are virtually all glass, windows over the clustered village houses and terraced paddy fields sloping away below.
Chula serves high-end traditional and authentic Indian food, with the best naan in town.
Burgers, homemade ice cream and the most delicious french fries in Bhutan — the quality at Cloud 9 matches any burger joint in other parts of the world.
With a great location, their famous ema datsi momos, and gooey chocolate brownies, Coffee Culture has quickly become a treasured local hangout.
Below Thimphu's newest movie theater and next to Baskin-Robbins and MyMart, the Corner Bakery serves up Illy coffee and fluffy croissants among other baked specialties.
It's an axiom of traveling that you find the best local food by eating where the locals like to eat.
Druk Deotjung Bakery and Confectionary is centrally located in the dreamy town of Trashigang in eastern Bhutan, a place to satiate your sweet cravings and pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread, during one of your limited breaks as you rush to take in everything eastern Bhutan has to offer.
Located just opposite the 108 chortens of Dochula Pass at around 3,100 meters (10,170 feet), Druk Wangyel Cafe has terrific views of the Eastern Himalayan range on clear days and makes a perfect pit stop on the journey between Thimphu and Punakha.
Set in a beautiful orchard, the Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant is an essential stop for all tourists, and has quickly become a favorite destination for official dinners.
Even if you are not a guest at the inn during your visit to Thimphu, you may find yourself returning to Gyelsa's restaurant after trying it once — especially if you tasted their famous glazed pork ribs specialty.
Buckwheat pancakes and noodles are local delicacies you shouldn't miss when visiting Bumthang, but if you hanker for a little Western flavor in the mix, head to Himalayan Pizza.
Bangchang is a traditional undistilled alcoholic beverage brewed from wheat or maize corn, fermented with homemade yeast and mixed with hot water.
Driving up and away from Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School takes you further up a blue pine hill, allowing for the perfect night view of Thimphu City to unfold right in front of you.
With new management (Himalayan Hotels and Lodges), Hotel Kisa offers a completely upgraded and improved service provision to its guests.
In the heart of Phuentsholing, Kizom Cafe declares its presence with a solid, carved wooden sign and sleek facade.
The restaurants at the lobby level of Le Meridien offer some of Thimphu's best dining.
Lemongrass is an upscale Thai restaurant with a traditional menu, serving some of the best Thai food in Bhutan with great ambiance and even better views.
This village restaurant between Punakha and Wangduephodrang towns has superb views of paddy fields and mountains across the river and offers some of the area's best food for travelers visiting nearby sites like Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang.
Mezze serves Italian, Chinese, and Thai dishes at their central location just down from the main traffic circle, opposite Tara Inn.
If you find yourself hankering for Himalayan dishes with a Tibetan slant while in Thimphu, head over to Momo House.
Despite its central location on Clock Tower Square — the painted dragons of the tower are just outside the door — Musk Restaurant & Bar doesn't usually see all that many tourists.
Mystic Taste is located just above the Changlimithang Stadium archery grounds, a home like restaurant that has been diligently serving satisfied customers for decades.
An exotic Red Rice Lager from a valley as fertile and as culturally rich as Paro, is nothing short of remarkable - the fruition of one man’s dream of brewing a truly local beer and creating a beer culture that is strongly rooted in the rich Bhutanese culture yet very modern.
Here, enjoy some of Thimphu's best ting momos and beef momos — which, along with an ema-fired beef phin curry and ema datsi, are the only menu items.
Phoenix Coffee and Restaurant is a bright, clean place with potted green plants and just a few tables, located in the part of downtown closest to the ancient Rinpung Dzong that looms over Paro.
Phuensum Gakhil Restaurant serves respectable Bhutanese and Indian dishes in a cozy setting just off the big children's play park in the heart of Paro town.
Risum Restaurant is the dining facility of Risum Resort, a 3-star hotel with 26 rooms in the remote and little-visited Haa Valley of far western Bhutan.
Hidden away in north Thimphu up beyond the new Supreme Court enclosure, this unprepossessing eatery is a worthy entrant in the treasure hunt for Thimphu's best momos.
Lodged inside [Simply Bhutan](https://mybhutan.com/explore/thimphu/simply-bhutan-museum) — a museum built in the style of a traditional farmhouse, to provide a view into rural Bhutanese life — this restaurant specializes in domestic food tweaked to the palates of foreign visitors.
Any hike up to the iconic Tiger’s Nest in Paro is considered incomplete by many without a preview of the grand cliff clinging monastery while holding a cup of hot tea or coffee at the Taktsang Cafeteria.
When visiting any foreign capital, it's always fun to visit local hangouts and see ordinary life play out beyond the choreography of cultural monuments and religious sites and hotel restaurants.
There is a reason this restaurant has been around so long — fantastic quality food!
As close to a sports bar as Thimphu has, the Zone is a local hangout with consistent quality food, a good bar menu, and a great outdoor patio.
Thimphu Bakes, the cafe next to Namgay Heritage Hotel's pool and fitness facility, is a light, airy refuge that serves coffee, tea, beer, pastries and pies, and Western items like spaghetti, french fries, and waffles.
The district of Haa hasn’t really woken up to the speed of development the rest of Bhutan has been affected with and the town of Haa is still a sleepy little town, with very limited modern touches and a whole lot of traditional clinging. Thinley Dorji Restaurant and Bar lives up to this ambience, a nostalgic little restaurant that seems to exude an air of tranquility, at any given hour of any day. The restaurant, with its simple settings and the charming, all-in-the-family operations crew, embraces you right into its warmth the moment you walk through the traditional painting-like entrance. Inside, the usual local customers of all ages and backgrounds make up a compact tiny Bhutan, smiling and chattering away while they wait to be served. Thinley Dorji Restaurant and Bar is a perfect stopover for lunch when you are visiting the amazing district of Haa, for a treat of local delicacies as well as a variety of popular fast food items.
A little taste of Tibet, nestled in a cozy corner in the capital city of Bhutan, offers a splendid fusion of two very similar cultures.
Boasting a large outdoor patio and a mostly Italian menu, Upstairs makes a great destination for any occasion.
If you are ever in Thimphu's Centenary Farmer’s Market and if the various fragrances that surround the market suddenly give way to a peculiar aroma wafting through the air that seems to pull on your hunger strings, don’t be alarmed.
Started by a Thai man who married a local woman, Yegyel Restaurant is Paro's only Thai restaurant, centrally located toward the south end of the main market area.
In large red and gold lettering, above potted bamboo plants, the Zen Family Restaurant announces its presence.