Vegan Guide to Kathmandu

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Published October 2022

Here is our Vegan Guide to Kathmandu in Nepal, featuring our favourite vegan, veggie and vegan friendly options in the Nepalese capital. It also includes a selection of vegan friendly hotels in Nepal, our experience at the first ever Himalayan Vegan Festival, and the forthcoming vegan tours to Nepal and Everest Base Camp which both start in Kathmandu, with the award winning Vegan Travel Asia.

Vegan Restaurants in Kathmandu

Loving Heart

Opening Hours: 9am-9pm every day

Loving Heart

Located on the ground floor of Hotel Avatar in the heart of Thamel, this 100% vegan restaurant serves Nepalese and international cuisine. This is where we enjoyed our first ever Nepalese dal bhat and also our first ever momo experience. We can confidently say that we are now huge fans of these Nepalese staples and you really won’t go wrong if you choose to enjoy them at Loving Heart. Check out the Buddha Bowl too, it was very good indeed, you just have to eat here during your time in Kathmandu, it’s exceptional.

Loving Heart exterior
Loving Heart dal bhat
Loving Heart vegan momos
Loving Heart Buddha Bowl


Opening Hours: 9am-9pm every day

Kumari Marg

We had a packed schedule whilst in Kathmandu, meaning that we didn’t manage to visit Hamrovegan, however we did manage to sample their seitan, seitan pickle and homemade vegan yoghurt at the Himalayan Vegan Festival. The seitan was superb, as was the yoghurt, we will definitely be paying them a visit next time we are in Kathmandu.

Hamrovegan seitan
Hamrovegan seitan pickle

C-YA Vegan

Opening Hours: 9am-8pm every day

C-YA Vegan
Just South of Jhamiskhel Big Mart
(opposite side of the road)

The team from C-YA Vegan were also at the Himalayan Vegan Festival so we sampled some of their dishes at the food market. Sadly we didn’t get to visit their restaurant during our time in Kathmandu, but as one of only three 100% vegan restaurants in town, we decided to feature them in our vegan guide to Kathmandu anyway.

C-YA Vegan Nepal 2
C-YA Vegan Nepal 1

Vegetarian Restaurants in Kathmandu

Utpala Cafe

Opening Hours: 7am-9pm every day

Utpala Cafe
Pawo Gompa Rd

Ok the outskirts of town, adjacent to the UNESCO world heritage site of Boudhanath Stupa, and next to Ka-Nying Monastery is this simple veggie cafe set in peaceful gardens. On our first visit, we ordered vada with tomato chutney and a slice of divine looking vegan banana chocolate cake. The vada chutney combo hit the spot as always, and the cake was moist and indulgent. Our following visit was to enjoy a gala buffet as part of the Himalayan Vegan Festival, and the team at Utpala excelled themselves with a huge array of local and international plant based dishes, the finest hospitality and traditional entertainment. And yes, we had the vegan banana chocolate cake again, and it was just as good as the first time! We loved the food, the staff team are super friendly, and the cafe gardens are a tranquil spot where you could easily wile away a good few hours. You should all visit here for sure!

Utpala wada
Utpala vegan cake
Utpala vegan Buffet 1

Always Happy Food Co

Opening Hours: 7am-9pm every day

Always Happy Food Co
J P Marg
(opposite Penguin hotel)

Very impressed with this food counter with limited seating. The tortilla wrap we had was excellent, packed with salad veggies, seitan sausage, vegan chilli mayo, extra black beans and extra avocado. It was so good we’ll struggle not to return to this excellent vegan option in Kathmandu. The entire menu is vegan, but they have ‘extra’ dairy cheese and dairy milk for customers who want to add to their food or smoothies. This is such a shame as it is so close to being 100% vegan!

Always Happy sign
Always Happy vegan wrap

Places Restaurant

Opening Hours: 8am-11pm every day

Places Restaurant
Chaksibari Marg

Veggie menu with clearly marked vegan options, from which we ordered tofu and veg skewers, followed by the ‘Places Vegan Tart’. The skewers (served with rice and a BBQ sauce) were absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. The sweet and tangy sauce was perfect and the spicy homemade vegan mayo was an excellent addition to the dish. The tart was rich and flavourful, providing the perfect sweet end to our lunch. This bright and airy space on the first floor is their new location and we liked it a lot. All of the staff (and owner) who we spoke to were friendly and welcoming, even more importantly they all understood the difference between veggie and vegan.

Places vegan tofu veg bbq
Places vegan chocolate tart

Sabal Khaja Ghar

Opening Hours: 6am-10pm every day

Sabal Khaja Ghar
43/33 Paknajol Marg

Excellent local veggie spot, tucked away at the end of an alleyway in a courtyard garden, you will find yourself surrounded by locals eating local veg and vegan food. The staff member who served us fully understood what vegan meant and ensured that our amazing Nepalese Thali was free from butter ghee and dairy, and that our moreish momos were vegan too. Super cheap, super friendly, super local. Highly recommended.

Sabal Khaja Ghar sign
Sabal Khaja Ghar entrance
Sabal Khaja Ghar Nepalese thali
Sabal Khaja Ghar vegan momos

Vegan Friendly Restaurants in Kathmandu

French Bakery Kathmandu

Opening Hours: 7am-9pm every day

French Bakery Kathmandu
Paknajol Chetrapati

This vegan friendly spot deserves inclusion as they have a separate vegan menu which is always good to find. No more worrying about ingredients, communication or explaining what vegan means! They advertise soy, almond and coconut milk for your coffee but on the day that we visited, only coconut was available. Coconut cappuccinos all round please! The menu featured vegan breakfast favourite, scrambled tofu on toast, whilst other dishes include wraps, salads, burgers, pasta and sandwiches, also a selection of ‘Asian Fusion’ dishes were available. As it was breakfast time we ordered the ‘Big Breakfast’ consisting of grilled tomato, sautéed mushrooms, grilled tofu, hash brown, spinach and multigrain toast. It was exactly what we craved and certainly hit the spot. Whilst this may not be the cheapest option in town, it’s a very nice coffee shop cafe, perfect spot to relax with a coffee and they’ve even got vegan brownies for that sweet fix.

French Bakery coffee
French Bakery vegan breakfast
French Bakery vegan brownie
French Bakery vegan truffle

Vegan Festival in Kathmandu

Himalayan Vegan Festival

The first ever Himalayan Vegan Festival was an incredible experience and the perfect opportunity to plan our first ever trip to Nepal. Initially scheduled to take place in Kathmandu, Nepal and Thimpu, Bhutan during 2021, the festival was sadly postponed due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. September 2022 finally saw the festival take place, in the Nepalese cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. It was an honour to be invited and speak alongside inspirational and influential vegans from around the world.

Himalayan Vegan Festival banner
Himalayan Vegan Festival stage

Festival guests included a trio of plant vegan food creators who between them lead the way in development, innovation and distribution of some of the finest plant based products on the planet. Seth Tibbot, founder of Tofurky needs no introduction as he is a true trailblazer, Derek Sarno, co-founder of the excellent Wicked Kitchen and responsible for the development of the Plant Chef range at Tesco, and Abishek Sinha, CEO and co-founder of GoodDot, a plant based meat start up in India who are currently seeing huge growth. So when we were invited to a first tasting of a brand new GoodDot product, which was to be prepared by Chef Derek Sarno, we of course said yes. Many thanks to Mr Sharma and Exec Chef Vinay from The Soaltee for helping us to make this happen!

Chef Derek Sarno and Abishek GoodDot
GoodDot vegan meat tasting

Vegan Tours in Nepal

Everest Base Camp

Join vegan mountaineer, Kuntal Joisher and his team of expert Sherpa on this 18 day vegan trek to Everest Base Camp. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to challenge yourself both mentally and physically on this epic Himalayan adventure which starts in the vibrant and exciting city of Kathmandu.

Vegan Travel Asia Himalayas 2
Vegan Travel Asia Himalayas 1

Nepal Vegan Adventure

This 14 day vegan tour from award winning Vegan Travel Asia promises to “head off the beaten path and delve into the heart and soul of the Himalayas”. With departure dates in March and October every year, this Nepal Vegan Adventure is an incredible opportunity to experience everything that Nepal has to offer.

Vegan Travel Asia Nepal 1
Vegan Travel Asia Nepal 2

Vegan Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Nepal

Check out these ‘tried and tested’ vegan friendly luxury hotels and resorts in Nepal that one of our team has stayed at. Each of them understood our request for plant based food and ensured that our experience as vegan guests was very enjoyable. We would always recommend contacting your hotel or resort in advance to advise them of your dietary choice, and then to follow this up upon check in by asking to speak with either the restaurant manager or member of the F&B team.

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu mezze
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
Pokhara Grande vegan curries
Pokhara Grande
The Soaltee vegan momos
Soaltee Kathmandu
Tiger Mountain vegan trio of salads
Tiger Mountain

HappyCow in Kathmandu

Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app. Their Vegan Kathmandu page currently lists more than 70 vegan and vegetarian restaurants for you to choose from, the 3 vegan restaurants are featured above and we hope there are even more to experience on our next visit to Kathmandu.

Other Vegan Guides to Kathmandu and Nepal

Check out the excellent Vegan Nepal website from plant-based Chef Babita for lots of healthy Nepalese vegan recipes, also these other vegan guides to Kathmandu and Nepal that we found online will help you to plan your next vegan travel adventure to this enchanting nation:

Vegan eating guide to Kathmandu from North Abroad
Vegan restaurants in Pokhara from Suitcase Stories
Vegan guide to Nepal from VegNews

Other Vegan Guides from Vegan Food Quest


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  1. Sanjay November 10, 2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    you have not featured Aniyor Veg & Vegan Restaurant in Kathmandu, Nepal. Quite surprised. There are so many more Vegan places in Nepal which have not been covered. Give them a try!

    • Vegan Food Quest November 11, 2022 at 2:11 am - Reply

      thank you for your comment and highlighting another vegan option in Kathmandu! we will be sure to visit next time that we are in town. our last trip had a very busy schedule, we were guests speakers at the Himalayan Vegan Festival, and also working with a number of hotels during our visit. next time we will hopefully have more free time…

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