Category Archives: Coffee or Tea Shop

R.B. Cafe

R.B. Cafe

20111018-111934.jpgLocation: Kathmandu Business Park, Buddabari, Teku (off Tripeshuwar, west of World Trade Center)
Establishment: cafe
Cost: 80-200 Nrs for a meal
Near by walking: auto repair shops, a kids bicycle shop
Info:

10:00am – 8:00pm (Saturday too?)
01-4104516

If you get marooned in this hell hole section of town (let’s say you’re getting new tires, hypothetically), this may be your best bet for not going crazy.
R.B. Cafe seems to be catering to the upper classest of folks working in this mostly blue collar neighborhood, and probably also some of the folks working in the adjacent business park.
The brick establishment with paving stone walkway is up and away from the road, enough to provide a break from the nearby bustle.
R.B. Cafe’s menu sports some real local flavor, offering both Newari and Nepali set plates for silly low prices, under 200 Nrs in all cases. Along with these platters, you can also get snacks and mains for 80 – 150 Nrs from local, Chinese, and Indian menus.
Of note: parking is available in the business park (which has an entrance on Tripeshuwar for those eastbound, and one up the street of the corner with the petrol shop for westbound drivers not wishing to cause a ruckus with a crazy u-turn around concrete barriers. )
Not bad for those in need. I wouldn’t take my parents here, but it serves.


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Cafereena (Maharajgunj)

Cafereena (Maharajgunj)

20110924-094602.jpgLocation: Maharajgunj, Saleways parking lot
Establishment: multi-cuisine cafe
Cost: 200 – 400 Nrs for a dish
Near by walking: Saleways, Kathmandu Grilled Chicken, Bawarchi (uptown)
Info:
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Situated in the back of Saleways parking lot, the Maharajgunj Cafereena location may be hard to spot. Better to be on the lookout for the bright green Saleways storefront and parking entrance just south and across the street from the U.S. Embassy.
Cafereena’s laminated, spiralbound menu is colorful and the selections span India, Thailand, the U.S. and Nepal, though the photos, sparse layout and small text size make one wish for a course in graphic design. The span may be large, but the range of selections isn’t. Perhaps the owners were forced to pick the best of what’s offered from the Durbar Marg location and throw together a menu.
The momos (pictured) come in a steel-reinforced bamboo steamer on a bed of banana leaves, picturesque. They need it, not being as good as those from Bhumi.
Buried in small text in the Indian section are the Kathi rolls, probably the best thing on the menu. Adventurous? Try the pad thai. I’m sure it’s different than anything you’ve experienced.
Of note, ample parking room. No view whatsoever.

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Cibo

Cibo

Iced Espresso at Cibo

Iced Espresso at Cibo

Location: Just off Lazimpat, same road as British Embassy
Establishment: sandwich and coffeeshop
Cost: 350+ Nrs for sandwich, drink
Near by walking: Bawarchi, Irish Pub, etc
Info: 8:30am-5:00pm, breakfast and lunch
441-0727
Cibo123@gmail.com

Tucked behind the Ambassador Hotel is Cibo, a nondescript, tiny one room sandwich shop that somehow manages to convey the same feeling one gets in a small town venue.
The menu is a simple affair that seems to focus on sandwiches and simple accoutrements. I had heard Cibo’s spicy chicken sandwich was excellent, so I immediately ordered up a Chicken Tikka Pita (supposedly they make their own pitas, and they are tasty enough). The iced espresso caught my eye. Indeed it was a demitasse of the black stuff, a creamer of milk, and another demitasse of simple syrup all to be poured over a glass of ice. It was excellent.
Chicken Tikka Pita at Cibo

Chicken Tikka Pita at Cibo

The Pita sandwich arrived in short order, stuffed to full with a mix of slaw (mayo and cabbage/carrots) and tikka chicken mince. The cafe serves it on a bed of kettle cooked potato chips, though this may change with availability.
Of note, parking is sparse. Try to park at Hotel Ambassador and/or ride a bike/motorbike. No bathroom as far as I can tell. Free wifi available, just ask for the password.
Open for breakfast, lunch, not dinner.

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Chikusa Coffee Shop

Chikusa Coffee Shop

Entrance of Chikusa Coffee in Thamel

Entrance of Chikusa Coffee in Thamel

Location: Jyatha, Thamel
Establishment: coffee shop
Cost: 50 – 500 Nrs for coffee/tea and a meal
Near by walking: Thamel
Info:

977-01-422-3216
chikusacoffee@hotmail.com
www.chikusacoffee.com
Weekdays: 7-7
Sunday: 7am-2pm
You’ve arrived in Kathmandu and have the jet lag to beat all, ready to go by 6:00am even a few days in. Chikusa is your ticket. They open early, enough to give you some coffee before the lazy goings on of Thamel kick into gear around 10. Chikusa has a breakfast menu suitable for all day, but the Iced Coffee is where its at.
Iced Coffee, with coffee ice cubes, at Chikusa Coffee

Iced Coffee (with coffee ice cubes!) at Chikusa Coffee


Chikusa uses real coffee ice cubes, something no where else in Kathmandu (that I’ve seen thus far) does, outside of my own kitchen. Check it out, and don’t miss the entrance. It’s easy to with all the hub-bub of Thamel. Hint: the street is slightly wider here and it’s on the right if you’re walking south. No parking to speak of and I don’t know if they have a restroom. It is almost certain that if they do, it’s not western-style.

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Blue Note (Coffee Shop)

Blue Note (Coffee Shop)

Ginger Tea, Brownie at Blue Note

Ginger Tea, Brownie at Blue Note

Location: Lazimpat, corner of Radisson Road/Lazimpat
Establishment: Coffee Shop
Cost: 50-300 Nrs for coffee/tea + breakfast
Near by walking: shops on Lazimpat, Radisson Hotel, etc.
Info:

Blue Note has everything you’d expect in a westernized coffee shop in Kathmandu; coffee, tea, WiFi, and a little atmosphere. Walking just up the street from the Radisson, it’s a convenient place to watch the world go by if you’ve gone street-side and shops haven’t yet opened (10am).
Avoid the brownies unless you can get the proprietor to convince you they are less than a few days old. If you need a charge for your device, bring your adapter, NCell has provided a charging station (which may or may not be there in the future, who knows) for customers’ convenience.

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