Food is always an indispensable part of any trip in the world. So is Tibet tour. Under the influence of geographical environment and hash climate, what you would eat in Tibet would be much different from other destinations. Here I don’t want to talk about traditional Tibetan food any more but help you to find the delicious cuisines you want.
In this post, I’ll guide you to the exact place to enjoy Western, Tibetan, Nepali, Indian, Chinese and Korean dishes, take a sip of Tibetan sweet tea, taste spicy potatoes and barley bread, etc.
Lhasa Namaste Restaurant
For a traveller visiting Lhasa for the first time, I’d like to recommend you to Lhasa Namaste Resaurant. It has many of the most fantastic Tibetan cuisines in a cozy space, where you can also enjoy some Chinese, Indian and Nepali dishes. And then you’ll find out how perfectly Indian naan matches with the curry beef. A piece of lemon cheesecake would leave a fresh feeling in your mouth. In a word, it must be the first stop for your Tibetan food journey.
Roaming along Beijing East Road, you must be attracted by this Tibetan-style restaurant – Ganglameduo. Most tourists would love the warm atmosphere and pleasant music at the first sight. Here you can order a pot of sweet tea and taste several kinds of local snacks or just enjoy your time by reading some books. By the way, you’ll find a mini theatre, art gallery and tattoo studio inside.
Located at the north of Jokhang Monastery, the two-story Xueyu Restaurant will offer you the most authentic Tibetan dishes and Nepali meals.The food taste is wonderful and the yak steak is quite popular. By the way, the menu is in English, Chinese and Tibetan. Almost servants here can speak English fluently. Once entering the dinning hall, you must like the comfortable environment and spacious seats. After having lunch, you can pay a visit to Guangming Teahouse nearby, which is a great place to eplore Tibetan tea culture.
Lamu Zang Can
Transformed from the local Tibetan house, Lamu Zang Can is well-known for its fancy decoration. The atmosphere here is really good and it’s suitable for a couple of friends to dine together. What’s interesting thing is that you’ll be greeted with holy hada and the lovely Tibetan girls will sing and dance for you during meals.
Makye Ame Tibetan Restaurant
When it comes to the sixth Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso, most people would think of Makye Ame. This famous two-story yellow reataurant is located at the southeast corner of Barkhor Street and has nice views of Lhasa City. On the top floor, you can catch a glimpse of Tibetans paying homage to Jokhang Temple and taking koras around Barkhor Street. Chances are that you are likely to share the table with strangers for a large number of visitors would come here to explore their love story. Hope you don’t mind it!
Barbecue Restaurants in Tibet
Jiedai Chedui Barbecue
The highlight in this barbecue store is mutton shashlik, which matches very well with the pancakes. Even the food snobs can be easily satisfied here. But it’s not easy for tourists to find it. Just ask our tour guide to take you go there if you like it.
Arirang Barbecue City
Arirang Barbecue City is a Korean barbecue shop in Lhasa, which has been operated for more than a decade.The Korean boss has his own unique insights on traditional food and a lot of things like cookers and ingredients are imported from South Korea. Here I’d like to recommend you to try some roast beef, cold noodles and Bibimbap.
Tibetan Sweet Tea
Cang Gu Si Tian ChaGuan
Sitting in the corner of Cang Gu Si (Anitsangkung Nunnery), Cang Gu Si Tian ChaGuan is quite popular among the locals. Here you can try some tasty local foods at a very reasonable price. For example, a bottle of sweet tea would just cost you three to five yuan. One special thing is you’ll be warmly severed by the nuns inside. With the fragrant smell haunting in air, you’ll clearly hear the subtle sounds of pray wheel rotation and pilgrims’ chanting.
Guangming Gang Qiong Tian ChaGuan
Guangming tea house is the place for Lhasa locals to go for breakfast and Tibetan noodles. But the consumption of sweet tea here is quite different from Cang Gu Si Tian ChaGuan. What you need to do is get an empty cup and then put small notes aside.The servant will approach you with a kettle in hand and refill the cups regularly. Here the noodle itself is very chewy and often comes with spicy yak meat. If you want a true Tibetan food experience, this is the place to be. Find more Tibet Sweet Teahouses Hidden in Lhasa City
Tibetan Potatoes and Jelly
On the way to Xianzu Island, you shouldn’t miss out Cuomu Jelly. This family workshop has run for many years and held great reputation among the locals for the fantastic tastes. And due to the limited space and large crowds, some tables and chairs have even been set outside the shop.
Sister Fried Potatoes
Here you’ll enjoy a feast of Tibetan potato, including tender potato chips, crisp potato slices, sticky potato cubes, etc.
Personally measured: the original is to go to Tibet University to see the sunset, the local friends received the sister to eat fried potatoes, potatoes outside the coke inside, potato chips crisp and delicious, potato pieces sticky sticky waxy, like a potato feast.
Barkhouses in Tibet
Accordion is one of the best bakeries in Tibet. It has been run by a couple from Shigatse for ten years. Pasang Tsering, the own of this bakeshop, has integrated Tibetan cow dung culture into western bread. Without any decoration, the black barley bread looks similar to dried cow dung. But the taste is really good and now it has become the most representative desert in this shop.
As for foods and drinks, different people have different taste. Covering an area of over 1,200,000 square kilometer, Tibet actually has more to offer. In addition to the restaurants and tea houses mentioned above, there are a lot of tasty snacks waiting for you to explore!