5 Travel Tips for Finding Vegan Food Options in Nepal
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The small but mighty South Asian nation of Nepal neighbors China in the North and India in the South. With Mount Everest sitting on the border between Nepal and China, the nation is well-established as an ultimate destination for hikers.

But hiking isn’t the only activity the nation has to offer. Nepal is home to several animal sanctuaries, including the Kopan Monastery’s Animal Liberation Sanctuary where goats and cows rescued from slaughter are given a new home for life, and exposed to the Buddha Dharm.

Though primarily Hindu in religion, Nepal has an impressive Buddhist population. Volunteering at a monastery is a great way to show your kindness, to learn from compassionate individuals, and to immerse yourself in a culture of peace. Travel groups such as Real Gap offer Nepal Monstery Experience trips, where travelers teach English to young monks, take part in meditation and prayer, and visit temples, all while learning about Nepalese tradition. Buddhists are known for avoiding animal products and promoting the principle of non-violence to all creatures.

As for your everyday food requirements, plant-based offerings can be found throughout the nation’s teashops, restaurants, and street markets. Many traditional Nepalese dishes are vegan-friendly. The staple dal bhat is a lentil curry, usually featuring rice, cooked vegetables, pickles, and, of course, lentils. Another staple, particularly among Sherpas, is dhido and gundruk. The former is essentially a thick porridge made from millet flour, cornmeal or buckwheat; gundruk is the side dish of fermented leafy green vegetables. Another traditional dish is momos, or dumplings, which are commonly filled with vegetables.

Nested in the Himalayas, Nepal is surpisingly is abundant in plant based cuisine – from health food stores to local delicacies and hidden-gem eateries. Be sure to check them out or come prepared if you’re planning on making the summit!

5 Places to Find Vegan Food in Nepal

1.Green Organic Café

5 Travel Tips for Finding Vegan Food Options in Nepal

The Green Organic Café, located in Kathmandu’s Thamel district, opened in 2004 and has become a hotspot for both travellers and locals who enjoy fresh food and drinks. The restaurant focuses on providing visitors with local and organic food, and offers a full vegan menu featuring curries, roast vegetable sandwiches, and vegetable noodle soup, or thukpa.

Find out more here.

2.OR2K

5 Travel Tips for Finding Vegan Food Options in Nepal

This Israeli eatery chain, OR2K, has locations in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The veggie and vegan restaurant has a 3-floor restaurant in Thamel; in Pokhara, the location features a view of lakes and the Himalayas. Both boast a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere, smiley service, and delicious food including hummus, falafel, crepes, Buddha bowls, and vegan cheese pizza.

Find out more here.

3.BLISS Pure Foods

5 Travel Tips for Finding Vegan Food Options in Nepal

Located within Boudha Stupe Circle in Kathmandu, BLISS Pure Foods (previously known as BLISS Raw Cafe) is a raw, sugar-free vegan and veggie eatery specialising in probiotic rich, nutrient dense food and drink. The first organic fusion superfood and herbs health store in Nepal, the eatery offers dishes including sushi, noodle soup, tempeh kebabs, and desserts, as well as drinks including kefir soda and kombucha.

The brand is called BLISS because it “stand[s] for peace and longevity through ahimsa and vegetarianism.”

Find out more here.

4.Loving Heart Vegan Restaurant

5 Travel Tips for Finding Vegan Food Options in Nepal

Nepal’s first fully vegan restaurant, Loving Heart – located in Thamel – “aim[s] to offer the best national and international cuisines to travelers.” The eatery offers Indian, Continental Chinese, and Nepalese dishes, including vegan ginger fish, dumplings, noodles, and curries. It also offers a breakfast menu which features a tofu omelette and pancakes.

Find out more here.

5.Vegan Dairy Nepal

5 Travel Tips for Finding Vegan Food Options in Nepal

Located at Sahid Sukra Galli, this vegan store offers dairy-free yoghurt, cheese, Indian sweets, and a range of plant milk from almond to coconut to cashew. Its products are freshly made, preservative free, organic, and sure to impress any traveler with a creamy texture and taste.

Find out more here.


Image credit: Green Organic Café | OR2K | BLISS Pure Foods | Loving Heart Vegan Restaurant | Vegan Dairy Nepal

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