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Guidebook for Kathmandu Patan

Sailesh, Sohan, Nigen
Sailesh, Sohan, Nigen
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Sailesh, Sohan, Nigen

Guidebook for Kathmandu Patan

Coffee & Breakfast
Cafe Swotha is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner at our doorstep! fresh food, a revolving black board menu, small outdoor area, good wifi and a very sweet and dedicated staff. The menu is mainly western but there’s also a very good Daal Bhat (Nepali Thali).
Traditional Homes - Swotha
Cafe Swotha is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner at our doorstep! fresh food, a revolving black board menu, small outdoor area, good wifi and a very sweet and dedicated staff. The menu is mainly western but there’s also a very good Daal Bhat (Nepali Thali).
Just behind Café Swotha. The Inn Patan is located in a Newari/ Rana house beautifully restored and converted into a b&b. The place is great for the beautiful courtyard where the restaurant is set (cold in winter). Food is okay but not to be compared with Café Swotha’s.
The Inn Patan
Just behind Café Swotha. The Inn Patan is located in a Newari/ Rana house beautifully restored and converted into a b&b. The place is great for the beautiful courtyard where the restaurant is set (cold in winter). Food is okay but not to be compared with Café Swotha’s.
Owned and managed by the friendly Ruby, the place (a bit like a Berlins’ underground spot) is hidden in a tiny alley on the right hand side when going from Swotha Square to Durbar Square. Small white board menu only but everything Ruby serves is extra fresh and well prepared (always by him). Very cheap for the quality (between 150 npr and 400 npr). Good atmosphere, open kitchen, local clientele.
Coffee Tea & Me
Owned and managed by the friendly Ruby, the place (a bit like a Berlins’ underground spot) is hidden in a tiny alley on the right hand side when going from Swotha Square to Durbar Square. Small white board menu only but everything Ruby serves is extra fresh and well prepared (always by him). Very cheap for the quality (between 150 npr and 400 npr). Good atmosphere, open kitchen, local clientele.
On Patan Durbar Square, nearby the waterspout and the school. The Nepali/Indian food is good. Go to the upper terrace for the view over the temples and the water spring. Frequented by tourists but also by a lot of Nepalese which is a good clue (compared to the very touristic Café du Temple nearby that does not serve quality food). Espresso Bar.
Casa Pagoda
On Patan Durbar Square, nearby the waterspout and the school. The Nepali/Indian food is good. Go to the upper terrace for the view over the temples and the water spring. Frequented by tourists but also by a lot of Nepalese which is a good clue (compared to the very touristic Café du Temple nearby that does not serve quality food). Espresso Bar.
Located in the garden of the museum (3rd courtyard), the café has a fabulous and peaceful location, inside a garden (very rare in Patan!) Go there for lunch or a drink after exploring Durbar Square or the museum. The food is pretty good but bit expensive :)
PATAN MUSEUM CAFE
Located in the garden of the museum (3rd courtyard), the café has a fabulous and peaceful location, inside a garden (very rare in Patan!) Go there for lunch or a drink after exploring Durbar Square or the museum. The food is pretty good but bit expensive :)
Honacha is the real bara place! It’s been favored by the locals for 50 years and as such delivers proper Newari Food: 'bara and egg barra' (lentils crepes), "alu" (potatoes), "kerao" (chickpeas), “ sekuwa” (cured meat)... Watch out, there’s no menu so just order a mix: ‘’Ali ali sabaï dinus”! Drink home-made Chang or Rakshi to go with (local rice alcohol) The place is located just behind Krishna Temple on Durbar Square . It’s a dark ground floor- part of the experience- or a small terrace on the 1st floor with a view on Durbar Square – Opened only during day time.
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Honacha is the real bara place! It’s been favored by the locals for 50 years and as such delivers proper Newari Food: 'bara and egg barra' (lentils crepes), "alu" (potatoes), "kerao" (chickpeas), “ sekuwa” (cured meat)... Watch out, there’s no menu so just order a mix: ‘’Ali ali sabaï dinus”! Drink home-made Chang or Rakshi to go with (local rice alcohol) The place is located just behind Krishna Temple on Durbar Square . It’s a dark ground floor- part of the experience- or a small terrace on the 1st floor with a view on Durbar Square – Opened only during day time.
A nice old Rana villa transformed into a restaurant. It is relatively hidden from the outside but once you enter, you discover a beautiful courtyard with comfortable seats, good food and cocktails. Entrance is on the left of Patan Dokha.
Dhokaima Cafe (Yalamaya Kendra)
A nice old Rana villa transformed into a restaurant. It is relatively hidden from the outside but once you enter, you discover a beautiful courtyard with comfortable seats, good food and cocktails. Entrance is on the left of Patan Dokha.
You can find it 100 meters after passing Patan Dokha (on the way out of the old town), at the corner leading to Bhat Bhateni Supermarket (Krishna Galli). Enjoy freshly cooked wholesome food in a charming outdoor garden with a gazebo. Mini Library inside + Wifi
Cafe Cheeno
You can find it 100 meters after passing Patan Dokha (on the way out of the old town), at the corner leading to Bhat Bhateni Supermarket (Krishna Galli). Enjoy freshly cooked wholesome food in a charming outdoor garden with a gazebo. Mini Library inside + Wifi
We love this little Japanese restaurant set in Restaurant road, Jawalakhel. Dan Ran has a friendly green garden and serves tasty Japanese home cooking. The sushi here are not the greatest (for best sushi, be sure to go to Kotesu in Lazimpat, inside the Ambassador Hotel) but the bento boxes for lunch are great!
DanRan Japanese Restaurant
We love this little Japanese restaurant set in Restaurant road, Jawalakhel. Dan Ran has a friendly green garden and serves tasty Japanese home cooking. The sushi here are not the greatest (for best sushi, be sure to go to Kotesu in Lazimpat, inside the Ambassador Hotel) but the bento boxes for lunch are great!
In Ekantakuna, 100 meters on the right of the huge tree. Piano B is a busy Italian Bistro set up by the friendly Bubu- Real Italian quality food: antipasti, homemade pasta, arrancini, prosciutto, imported Italian cheese… Very good wines to accompany your meal- Price are on the upper scale but still really ok for the quality. Closed on Sundays
Piano B
In Ekantakuna, 100 meters on the right of the huge tree. Piano B is a busy Italian Bistro set up by the friendly Bubu- Real Italian quality food: antipasti, homemade pasta, arrancini, prosciutto, imported Italian cheese… Very good wines to accompany your meal- Price are on the upper scale but still really ok for the quality. Closed on Sundays
Chez Caroline is the French restaurant in town. Enjoy a luxurious we brunch or a fancy dinner set in this beautiful Rana courtyard (looking somehow Mediterranean). Excellent service and extensive menu.
Babar Mahal
Chez Caroline is the French restaurant in town. Enjoy a luxurious we brunch or a fancy dinner set in this beautiful Rana courtyard (looking somehow Mediterranean). Excellent service and extensive menu.
Welcome to Kyoto! Authentic Japanese food executed with great love and skill by a fantastic Chef in an open kitchen/ sushi bar. Real efficient and friendly service. Kotetsu is by far the freshest and best fish / seafood restaurant of KTM; closed on Sundays and often full for dinner, make sure to book.
Kotetsu Japanese Restaurant
Welcome to Kyoto! Authentic Japanese food executed with great love and skill by a fantastic Chef in an open kitchen/ sushi bar. Real efficient and friendly service. Kotetsu is by far the freshest and best fish / seafood restaurant of KTM; closed on Sundays and often full for dinner, make sure to book.
Chez Caroline is the French restaurant in town. Enjoy a luxurious we brunch or a fancy dinner set in this beautiful Rana courtyard (looking somehow Mediterranean). Excellent service and extensive menu.
Chez Caroline
Chez Caroline is the French restaurant in town. Enjoy a luxurious we brunch or a fancy dinner set in this beautiful Rana courtyard (looking somehow Mediterranean). Excellent service and extensive menu.
Essentials
These little grocery shops on Swotha Square are like Alibaba’s cave. Fresh beers, soft drinks, snacks, eggs, yak cheese, butter, cookies, cigs, razors or toilet paper…Basically all you need can be found there !
PATAN MINI STORE
These little grocery shops on Swotha Square are like Alibaba’s cave. Fresh beers, soft drinks, snacks, eggs, yak cheese, butter, cookies, cigs, razors or toilet paper…Basically all you need can be found there !
Like 7/11 in Thailand. Very handy small supermarket located on the right of Durbar Square on Mangal Bazar Road (the road that goes to Pulchowk). Opened from 8 am to 10pm.
KK MART
Like 7/11 in Thailand. Very handy small supermarket located on the right of Durbar Square on Mangal Bazar Road (the road that goes to Pulchowk). Opened from 8 am to 10pm.
It feels a bit "plastic-y". We much prefer to encourage local businesses but sometimes big supermarkets are handy… You will find lots of things from food to hardware.
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Bhatbhateni Supermarket And Departmental Store Pvt. Ltd.
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It feels a bit "plastic-y". We much prefer to encourage local businesses but sometimes big supermarkets are handy… You will find lots of things from food to hardware.
Nice early in the morning to buy fresh veggies, fish and meat; only if you don't fear fish smells and goats' heads! Numerous fruits sellers at the corner called Sasto bazar, including one that make the best mixed fruit juice in town!
Dhauga Bazaar
Nice early in the morning to buy fresh veggies, fish and meat; only if you don't fear fish smells and goats' heads! Numerous fruits sellers at the corner called Sasto bazar, including one that make the best mixed fruit juice in town!
A very busy road where you find lots of local vegetables sellers in the early morning. Later in the day, they make room for clothing/fabrics resellers. The area is super lively (and noisy!), also famous for its copper and brass wares.
Lagankhel
A very busy road where you find lots of local vegetables sellers in the early morning. Later in the day, they make room for clothing/fabrics resellers. The area is super lively (and noisy!), also famous for its copper and brass wares.
Next to the British School in Sanepa. Brand new “quality grocery store”. From far the most expensive but also the only one where you can find a good selection of imported products (mozarella, trout caviar (!), prosecco…. It is also the only place where we would recommend buying frozen products (cold chain respected, quality meat, fish and sea food)
Nina & Hager Grocer
Next to the British School in Sanepa. Brand new “quality grocery store”. From far the most expensive but also the only one where you can find a good selection of imported products (mozarella, trout caviar (!), prosecco…. It is also the only place where we would recommend buying frozen products (cold chain respected, quality meat, fish and sea food)
In Bakundhole, near the Norwegian Embassy - Following their motto “Journey to blissful health”, the center offers a very holistic approach to well being. Amazing massages (i think the best, we have ever tried), yoga, ayurvedic consultation with a specialist doctor, pain management, energy healing program...
Moksha Ayurveda & Panchakarma Center Nepal
In Bakundhole, near the Norwegian Embassy - Following their motto “Journey to blissful health”, the center offers a very holistic approach to well being. Amazing massages (i think the best, we have ever tried), yoga, ayurvedic consultation with a specialist doctor, pain management, energy healing program...
Getting Around
It is located at the "Patan Gate" (the entrance of Patan when coming from Kathmandu.) That's where we advise you to take and drop off taxis. Please avoid entering the old town by car as it is so fragile and narrow ;) Buses are also available all day long to go to Kathmandu and only cost a few rupees. You have to experience them!
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Patan Dhoka
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It is located at the "Patan Gate" (the entrance of Patan when coming from Kathmandu.) That's where we advise you to take and drop off taxis. Please avoid entering the old town by car as it is so fragile and narrow ;) Buses are also available all day long to go to Kathmandu and only cost a few rupees. You have to experience them!
You can pretty much go everywhere in the Valley from this bus station. Be ready to look for some time before finding your bus, as the way things are organized seems slightly mysterious ;-)
Lagankhel Bus Station
You can pretty much go everywhere in the Valley from this bus station. Be ready to look for some time before finding your bus, as the way things are organized seems slightly mysterious ;-)
Everything Else
Just under Patan Dokha (the white arch/ Patan gate)- There’s a good selection of books/ maps/ Nepali language methods.
Patan Book Shop
Just under Patan Dokha (the white arch/ Patan gate)- There’s a good selection of books/ maps/ Nepali language methods.
Entertainment & Activities
There is a QFX cinema in the 4th floor of Labim mall (the new Mall right in Pulchowk.)
Roadhouse Pizzeria
There is a QFX cinema in the 4th floor of Labim mall (the new Mall right in Pulchowk.)
Drinks & Nightlife
A vegetarian laid back restaurant in crazy Thamel, serving innovative and inspiring food of high quality. ‘Places’ is great for hanging out any time of the day or night with plenty of cushioned floor seatings, quality street art, live music on Wednesday, fast internet, good vibe and friendly service. One of the only places we are happy to recommend in Thamel.``
Places Restaurant & Bar
A vegetarian laid back restaurant in crazy Thamel, serving innovative and inspiring food of high quality. ‘Places’ is great for hanging out any time of the day or night with plenty of cushioned floor seatings, quality street art, live music on Wednesday, fast internet, good vibe and friendly service. One of the only places we are happy to recommend in Thamel.``
Inside the yellowish “Gaudi” building. Antoine serves you the best wine available, along with a nice little menu of assorted Bruschetta, mini burgers, “fondue” and “raclette”. Some fine epicery also available in the bar where you can buy good cheese, special condiments, breads and pork products.
Vino Bistro
Inside the yellowish “Gaudi” building. Antoine serves you the best wine available, along with a nice little menu of assorted Bruschetta, mini burgers, “fondue” and “raclette”. Some fine epicery also available in the bar where you can buy good cheese, special condiments, breads and pork products.
WHAT TO SEE AROUND?
There are many monuments and temples you can visit. But if you really want to get to know Patan - and fall in love with it - our best advice is to wander around the many alleys (called gallis) until you find hidden courtyards and secret treasures or dead ends. The Old Patan is a very safe area so no worries about entering dark and narrow gallis!
See the magnificent Durbar Square with all its temples and its lively daily life. Witness the magic in the early morning (pigeon feeding and "puja"), and the wonderfulness anytime of the day.
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Patan Durbar Square
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See the magnificent Durbar Square with all its temples and its lively daily life. Witness the magic in the early morning (pigeon feeding and "puja"), and the wonderfulness anytime of the day.
Kumbeshwar Temple is a five-storey temple directly north of the Golden Temple. It is believed that this temple was built in 1392, making it the oldest (and highest) temple in Patan. The best times for prayers and offerings are Thursday and Saturday mornings. Wake up early and visit on those days, you won’t regret it ;)
Kumbheshwor Temple
Kumbeshwar Temple is a five-storey temple directly north of the Golden Temple. It is believed that this temple was built in 1392, making it the oldest (and highest) temple in Patan. The best times for prayers and offerings are Thursday and Saturday mornings. Wake up early and visit on those days, you won’t regret it ;)
Mahaboudha temple is located near sundhara. Walls of Mahaboudha Temple is engraved up to nine thousands carvings of images of Buddha, giving Mahaboudha its name and showing off the designs.
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Mahabuddha
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Mahaboudha temple is located near sundhara. Walls of Mahaboudha Temple is engraved up to nine thousands carvings of images of Buddha, giving Mahaboudha its name and showing off the designs.
On Swotha Sq, the greatest tea spot in town! Two tables laid down between the amazing temples. Great selection of teas and Italian coffee. Ranzu smile and Bikash friendliness, what else? Open 9 -18
Swotha Road
On Swotha Sq, the greatest tea spot in town! Two tables laid down between the amazing temples. Great selection of teas and Italian coffee. Ranzu smile and Bikash friendliness, what else? Open 9 -18
It is really worth visiting. The architecture of the royal palace, the garden and the exhibitions (a collection of religious art and displays of Newari architecture) are amazing. Don't forget to shop for coffee or lunch at the museums's restaurant (the beautiful garden in the third courtyard of the museum). Your ticket also gives you the access to Sundari Chowk and Mulchowk (other entrance on Durbar Square - right side of the museum)
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Patan Museum
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It is really worth visiting. The architecture of the royal palace, the garden and the exhibitions (a collection of religious art and displays of Newari architecture) are amazing. Don't forget to shop for coffee or lunch at the museums's restaurant (the beautiful garden in the third courtyard of the museum). Your ticket also gives you the access to Sundari Chowk and Mulchowk (other entrance on Durbar Square - right side of the museum)