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Nina & Hager (Market)

Nina & Hager (Market)

20120710-155616.jpgLocation: Maharajgunj, back of Saleways parking lot Establishment: Market & Café Cost: groceries 30 nrs – 2500 nrs for decent wine Near by walking: Saleways, Kathmandu Grilled Chicken, Japanese Market, Café BeBe, 76 Miles Bar/Café, New Bhatbhateni Super Market Info: After a three-month closure (April-June 2012) and relocation to the Saleways parking lot, N&H has taken over the old Cafereena dining area as well as erecting a cozy well-lit and air-conditioned dining cottage . Sidle up and get a sandwich or hot plate. WiFi available, ask for the key. Niraj’s Uncle owns the place; Niraj went to University in Denver… 20120126-160125.jpg

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The Cheddar Melt Burger

Buddha Metal Centre

Buddha Metal Centre

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Location: Nayabazar (the road between Kantipath/Lazimpat and Ring Road on the west side) Establishment: Metal working shop Cost: 18,000 rps for a Steel roof rack for a Maruti, 6,000 for iron or aluminum Near by walking: tons of “get ‘er done” shops Info: (01)-4383516 Prakash Lama: 9841541871 “We Deal In: Roof Rack, Bumper Guard, Seat Modification, Solar Water Heater, Other Vehicle Related Work, Stainless Steel, Aluminum and All Metal Works.” Located about three quarters of the way from Lainchur and Ring Road, Buddha Metal Centre is an unassuming, if not incredibly dirty and dingy shop with a bit of a front lot to it. Metal roof racks lean out front, catching the eye of this reviewer, who was in sore need of one for his micro-safari Maruti Gypsy lately.
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Though the shop is not as clean as the dirtiest of back rooms in a warehouse, it is a trustworthy place. The owner and operator, Prakash Lama, is fluent enough in English that not even rudimentary Nepali is required for negotiation. Prakash’s workers have enough experience under their belts to construct roof racks for most vehicles (they didn’t even need to measure the Maruti, just knew it). They even went to the trouble to lay rubber (pieces of inner tube?) between the rack’s contact patches and the roof of the vehicle. The only room for improvement is the install process and water-proofing. The “installation” took place in a lot a few minutes away and included fabrication of the contact patches and posts, over a three hour period one day, the time primarily owing to the petrol shortage and the fact that the yard is using the alternator from a large diesel engine to generate their electricity. My advice: send the driver or take a good book. And prepare to apply water-proofing adhesive or other during the install process or soon after to insure 100% water proofing. For long term uses, prepare to get the machine screw measurements and replace the screws with galvanized ones after install; they just have steel screws as of this writing.20120710-160818.jpg

Himalayan Single Track

Himalayan Single Track

Jenny, the proprietor, peeks around the corner

Location: Sathgumti (7 Corner), Thamel
Establishment: Bicycling Shop
Cost: depends!
Near by walking: Electric Pagoda, Thamel
Info:
mob: +977-9803343098
Office: +977-1-4700909
email: info@himalayansingletrack.com
www.himalayansingletrack.com

If you’re hankering for a bike ride and need to rent or buy quality gear and perhaps do a guided ride, HST can help you. Situated a fair way down the seven corners road and down an alley, HST has a tiny little shop front suitable to hanging out with Jenny, the owner, while her mechanics work on your bike or while you’re waiting for your guided tour group to all show up. Jenny knows her stuff, as she’s out riding a lot of the time and uses quality equipment and decent staff.


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Yak & Yeti Enterprise Pvt. Ltd

Yak & Yeti Enterprise Pvt. Ltd

Location: Lazimpat
Establishment: Silk and Jewelry Manufacturer, Exporter
Cost: totally depends, less than other retailers b/c of export focus
Near by walking: Radisson Hotel, shops on Lazimpat
Info:
Te: +977-1-4428599, 4413552
email: yysilver@mos.com.np
www.yysilver.com

The Yak & Yeti Hotel is the oldest in Kathmandu; this is not that hotel. This place (will have photo of entrance soon, as this is HARD to find) is tucked into a parking lot off the road with the tiny police station on Lazimpat and is a silk and silver jewelry manufacturer and exporter. Since the showrooms are so tiny and out of the way, and the business is primarily into export, prices are more reasonable than similar goods sellers. This makes the Y&Y an ideal place to visit for tourists and gift-buyers alike.
Downstairs is the silk goods room, where shirts, shawls, and wool coats are available. Upstairs the jewelry shop has several glass counters of all types of jewelry on display.
The Y&Y is a must-visit for anyone seeking this stuff.


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Rainbow Jeans

Rainbow Jeans

20111111-124746.jpgLocation: Bangemudha, Kathmandu
Establishment: Jeans tailor
Cost: 1500 Nrs avg for pair of jeans
Near by walking: Kathesimbu Stupa‎, Gita Paper Handicraft
Info:
ph: 4218158


Welcome to Kathmandu, where all clothes are too small for YOU. Not to worry, you can have that pair of faded western-sized jeans duplicated! Saunter south through Thamel, way beyond your comfort zone and once you’re on the paving-stone streets, keep an eye out for Rainbow Jeans. They may not have the most durable denim, but for the price, it’s as good as a pair of Old Navy jeans in whatever style and fit you require.
A typical pair of jeans requires about a week. If you don’t have access to a clothes washer, request a “pre-wash” to get that crazy dye out.

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