The Ultimate Food Guide for Your Tibet Tour in 2017

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.

Western/Tibetan/Nepalese/Indian/Chinese Dishes

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.

Lhasa Namaste Resaurant

Specialties: yoghurt cake, butter chicken masala, lemon cheesecake, spicy naan, dal, palak paneer, chicken tikka masala, paneer tikka masala, lassi, and ginger tea
Average spend: CNY 56
Address: Lupug 5th Lane, Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet

Ganglamedo

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.

Ganglamedo

Specialties: Tibetan sweet tea, fresh beer, beef pie, yak tongue, chicken meal, Tibetan lamb chops
Average spend: CNY 70
Address: No.127 Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet (opposite the Yak Hotel)

Xueyu Restaurant

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.

Xueyu Restaurant

Specialties: yak steak, curries and naan bread, chicken masala, Tibetan monos, fried potato, honey ginger tea, yak potata stew, yak noodle, western pizzas
Average spend: CNY 57
Address: Address: Building1, No.4 Zangyiyuan Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet (near the Jokhang Temple)

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.

Lamu Zang Can

Specialties: yogurt over rice, potato buns, lamb chops, tsampa, highland barley wine, blood sausages, Tibetan hot-pot
Average spend: CNY 81
Address: Najin West Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet

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!

Makye Ame Tibetan Restaurant

Specialties: Tibetan sweet tea, roast beef, roasted mushrooms, Tibetan lamb, yak soup, fried rice
Average spend: CNY 83
Address: southeast corner of Barkor Street, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet (opposite to Telecommunications Bureau)

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.

Jiedai Chedui Barbecue

Specialties: mutton shashlik, pancake
Average spend: CNY 50
Address: Linkuo West Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa,Tibet (near to The People’s Government of Tibet)

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.

Arirang Barbecue City

Specialties: bulgogi, bibimbap, seaweed soup and mulberry juice
Average spend: CNY 57
Address: Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet

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.

Cang Gu Si Tian ChaGuan

Specialties: Tibetan sweet tea, Tibetan noodles
Average spend: CNY 7
Address: Linkuo South Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet (near Hada Lane)

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 

Guangming Gang Qiong Tian ChaGuan

Specialties: sweet tea, Tibetan noodles, fried potatoes
Average spend: CNY 7
Address: Near Danxielin Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet

Tibetan Potatoes and Jelly

Cuomu 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.

Cuomu Jelly

Specialties: bean jelly, cold noodles, fried potatoes, yogurt popsicles, milk
Average spend: CNY10
Address: Shengtaiyuan Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet (near to Four Point by Sheraton Lhasa)

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.

Sister Fried Potatoes

Specialties: fried potatoes, fried potato chips, fried potato pieces, gluten
Average spend: CNY 7
Address: No. 23 Jiangsu Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet (opposite to Mandala Hotel)

Barkhouses in Tibet

Accordion Bakery

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.

Accordion Bakery

Specialties: barley cow dung bread, barley yogurt puff, yogurt smoothies, yogurt cake
Average spend: CNY 51
Address: Xianzudao Garden Unit, Chengguan District, Lhasa, Tibet

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!

So if you’re ready to an Adventure Tour to Tibet

1.) enjoy the mind-blowing Himalayas

2.) trek to the foot of Mt. Everest, the world’s summit

3.) explore mysterious Tibetan Buddhism

4.) appreciate the beauty of holy Tibetan lakes

5.) experience divine kora around holy Mt. Kailash

6.) witness exotic Tibetan culture

7.) taste Tibetan, Nepali, Indian cuisine

8.) look for a paradise of photography

9.) have safari on the roof of the world

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