Nepal, February 2011

If you ever have the opportunity to go to Nepal, you should absolutely go, immediately, without question. It’s one of my favorite places. Unfortunately, it is plagued by some of the things you’d expect in a country ranked #138 (out of 169) on the UN Human Development Index, but I can pretty confidently say that Nepalis are some of the nicest, most generous people you’ll ever meet.

If you can make it through the 24+ hrs traveling, it’s absolutely worth it. The best cappuccino and best pizza I’ve ever had were in Nepal, both in Thamel.

The cappuccino came from Himalayan Java (and is pictured below). The coffee ship is on the 2nd floor of the building and has a big, covered outdoor seating area as well as a large, open interior filled with plenty of couches to sit and relax. This trip to Nepal the highs during the day were in the low 70s, and Himalayan Java had all the doors and windows open so a gentle breeze blew through the whole space as I sipped my cappuccino and read the Kathmandu Post or Himalayan Times. It was perfect.

My favorite pizza came from Roadhouse and was a four cheese pizza: mozzarella, parmesan, asiago, and yak cheese. Yes, yak cheese — it was awesome.

I have yet to leave Kathmandu Valley — Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, and KTM — during my trips to Nepal, but my Mom always says you should save something for the next time. So in that spirit, next time I go, Pokhara, Mustang, and Nagarkot are on my list.

In summary — Go to Nepal!

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2 Comments

  1. Satyam 03/11/2011 at 9:59 am #

    Claire,

    You seriously made me tear up! oh i could hear and feel the Nepal i know in your pictures!
    Himalaya Java IS the best coffee shop! i think i had my first taste of mocha there and i’ve been trying to recapture the same taste ever since and star bucks doesn’t come close!

    • Claire 03/16/2011 at 2:47 pm #

      Aw, thanks 🙂

      I doubt I’ll ever have a cappuccino as good as the ones at Himalayan Java, seriously amazing!

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