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Restaurants to visit in Thimphu: your Summer 2023 guide

As the summer season descends upon the mesmerizing kingdom of Bhutan, Thimphu, the nation's capital, gears up to welcome gastronomic adventurers from all corners of the globe. With an enriching blend of traditional Bhutanese cuisine and global flavors, Thimphu offers a unique culinary journey that's certain to tantalize your taste buds.

Here's our summer 2023 guide to the best food places you must check out when you're in Thimphu.

Wednesday: Rising to popularity through a feature on BBS, Wednesday boasts a charming ambiance and palatable cuisine. Although some visitors find the food to be 'okayish', the aesthetics of the place more than compensate for it.

Babesa Village Restaurant: A bit off the usual path, this restaurant offers an authentic Bhutanese dining experience with dishes like phaksha paa (pork with red chilies). The traditional setting of the restaurant is an added attraction.

Folk Heritage Museum Restaurant: As part of the Folk Heritage Museum, this eatery offers traditional Bhutanese cuisine while immersing you in the rich cultural history of Bhutan. An absolute must-visit for those seeking a more cultural dining experience.

Mamas: This local favorite is best known for its delicious fried chicken and refreshing virgin mojito. Mamas also stands out for its chill ambiance and affordability, making it a great stop for casual dining.

Hari Restaurant: This hidden gem in Babesa, although lacking an official Google listing, is lauded for its cheap yet delicious snacks. It's a great spot to grab a quick bite while exploring the city.

Kuenga Momo: Renowned for its affordable and tasty momos, Kuenga Momo is a must-visit for any dumpling lover.

Bathup Place: Located near the flyover bridge in Changzamtog, this place is known for its scrumptious Bathup - a traditional Bhutanese noodle soup.

Dantak: Famous for Indian cuisine like Samosa and Chole Bhature, Dantak offers a delightful change of pace from the traditional Bhutanese dishes that dominate Thimphu's culinary scene.

The Bhutanese: For a touch of luxury, head to The Bhutanese. This high-end restaurant serves an array of Bhutanese, Tibetan, and Indian food. The buckwheat pancakes come highly recommended.

Laphing Place: For those looking to venture into more unique Bhutanese dishes, this spot serves excellent Laphing and Bathup.

Although each of these places comes with high recommendations, do check the latest reviews to get the most current feedback about their service and food quality. And of course, explore beyond this list! Thimphu is full of culinary surprises waiting to be discovered. Enjoy your gastronomic journey in Thimphu this summer 2023!

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