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Restaurants and Tea shops in Tibet

Tibetans like eating out with their friends and family. You will easily find a variety of restaurants and tea shops everywhere across the plateau.

Restaurants are typically large, with lots of seating options. Some tables can be in Chinese style – round with the center part spinning around. But mostly tables are rectangular and can seat up to 8 people. Tibetans go to restaurants for celebrations with large companies.

Tea shops are smaller than regular restaurants, and Tibetans go there for an everyday meal. It is rare to see a menu in a tea shop. Usually, the menu is the same everywhere and all Tibetans know it. Typical dishes are meat or vegetable noodles in a broth, and momos, or Tibetan dumplings. Tea shops also serve sweet tea with milk or butter tea.

In addition to traditional Tibetan restaurants, you can find some Western-oriented restaurants in large cities.They would offer a menu in English with a combination of Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian and Western cuisine. A few coffee shops opened In Lhasa in recent years. They offer a good selection of coffees, teas and deserts.

There are a few fast food chain restaurants in Lhasa and Shigatse, including KFC, Burger King and Chinese fast food chain restaurant Dicos.

Restaurants in Lhasa

Lhasa Kitchen

Great restaurant on the opposite side of Bakhor square from Jokhang temple. Very easy to find by the curved staircase leading to the second floor. Restaurant has plenty of seating room, can accommodate both small and very large companies. Staff speaks English and is very friendly. There is an English menu and a variety of Tibetan, Nepalese and Western dishes.

Tibetan Family Kitchen

The restaurant is located on the same street as the Lhasa Kitchen, you need to walk a little further towards Beijing road and you will see a sign on the right side. Follow the sign, go through the arch into the court yard, make right turn and go up the stairs to the second floor, make another right and you will enter the restaurant. It is located in a typical apartment building and first you will walk through the kitchen. As you can imagine, the process of cooking is very transparent and makes you feel like you are at home, indeed.

There is an English menu with a good variety of Tibetan dishes. They also offer cooking classes if you would like to learn how to cook them yourself.

Third Eye

The restaurant is located on Beijing Road in a shopping center. Third Eye offers Nepalese, Western, Tibetan and Indian dishes. It is decorated in Western style. The food is always delicious. It is a great place to visit if you miss the taste of pizza or burger.