Sky Wok Restaurant
Although this is a relatively new outlet, it has already garnered much popularity among locals and tourists alike and it is easy to see why. The first impression that Sky Wok gives is a cosy ambience with great lighting, soothing music playing in the background, comfortable setup and warm hues. They also offer al fresco dining on the top floor of the building.
This is a multi-cuisine restaurant that offers some delicious mutton dishes prepared with fresh ingredients and locally sourced spices. They are also well known for their Thai preparations such as Khao Mangai and Phat Kaphrao. The restaurant is located in the main market of Leh and is one of the few food joints here that have good Wi-Fi connectivity.
What to eat: Veg momo, thin crust pizza, bok choy and chicken
Timings: 11:30am – 8:30pm
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KC Garden Café and Restaurant
If you are planning to go pub hopping in Leh or hunting for a place to hang out with friends, end your search here. This café and restaurant, apart from delectable food also offers live music, private bonfire and the works. It is set in a calm and soothing location with magnificent views and comfortable seating.
Some of the tables are set up under tents or canopies and some are left to be enjoyed directly under a starry sky. For groups who wish to dine indoors can do so into the dining room or one of the nicely done up family rooms as well. The menu is extensive with options from a variety of cuisines and virtually goes on forever. They are one of the few restaurants in Leh that serves wine, beer and whiskey.
What to eat: Sizzlers, Chicken thukpa
Timings: 8am – 10pm
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Are you looking for a homely place to eat with some shopping options as an icing on the cake? Namza is a boutique and café rolled into one and is one of the best places in Leh to shop and eat. They deal in some great quality and a variety of traditional Ladakhi dresses as well as serve mouth- watering dishes, some of them recreations from centuries old recipes.
One of their specialties, the Yarkandi Pulao which attracts diners from far and near, needs a special mention. The recipe can be traced back right up to the time when the Silk Route was discovered and travellers all the way from Yarkand in Xinjiang traversed through Ladakh to get to India.
What to eat: Ladakhi platter, blueberry cheese cake
Timings: 11am – 10pm
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Do you want to make the most of this high-altitude destination and at the same time satiate your taste buds? Bodhi Greens can do both for you with spectacular views of the majestic snowy mountains and great food to go with it. This place is also ideal if you are looking for one of the best restaurants in Leh that serves vegan and vegetarian food.
The café style outlet has a terraced seating area that is cosy, casual and comfortable with long brown tables, bench-like seating, canvassed ceiling and light bulbs suspended from there by rustic hawsers. They serve fresh meals in bowls and whether it is their excellent salads, delectable pastries or nutritious falafel bowls, they undoubtedly know how to make healthy and wholesome food look good.
What to eat: Falafel bowl, fruit basket, smoothies
Timings: 12:00pm – 9:30pm
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Good eating is not only about the food but also about great creations, service and ambience. With its traditional style architecture overlooking snow clad mountains, Bob Appetit offers a unique dining experience. This restaurant in Leh sits amid verdant fields, away from the bustling markets, a perfect setting for a satiating meal. You can dig into some lip smacking Italian and Continental fare here apart from great tandoori items that they specialize in.
The menu here is continually evolving, however, they take care to always keep fresh and local produce as part of their ingredients. Do not get deterred by the approach lanes which are narrow and dark as once you reach the restaurant, the views will take your breath away. The place keeps busy most days and so it is best to call and make prior reservations.
What to eat: Lemon and apricot iced tea, Spinach and cheese Lasagna, Roast chicken with vegetables
Timings: 11am – 9pm
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Chaska Maska Restaurant
This is one of the few restaurants in Leh that offer great South Indian food which is why you may find a lot of locals here enjoying their crispy dosas and steaming vadas. The restaurant is clean and hygienic with a simple and comfortable setting.
The staff here is very accommodating especially with vegetarian diets and if you require your food to be prepared with no onion or garlic, they will happily oblige. A few minutes’ walk from the main market of the city, the place is well located and easily accessible. It is also very popular among biking tourists. The service is quick and efficient and the vegetarian dishes are wholesome, tasty and served absolutely fresh.
What to eat: Masala dosa, Veg sizzlers, Palak paneer, Naan
Timings: 7:30am – 9pm
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This is more of a casually chic hangout place that offers chilled beer and a comfort menu for the entire day. Although they have little to offer to the vegetarians, some of the meaty fares are to die for. You would certainly not want to miss out on their delicious fried mutton momos, the spice infused rogan josh, the fiery Chinese noodles or the endless variety of pastas.
Yet another treat the Summer Harvest offers guests is the stunning views from the terrace that you can enjoy from here. You will find a lot of back-packers walking in here and may even end up rubbing shoulders with some of them over beer or butter tea.
What to eat: Kashmiri pulao, mutton rogan josh, Thukpa, Cheese momos, Fish tikka
Timings: 10:30am – 10:30pm
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Does the sound of the eponymous terrace seating with snug and comfortable sofa chairs along with great tastes of Himalayan cookery, allure you? If yes, you must make it to this unassuming, no frills restaurant where you can relax and watch the world go by.
One of the most popular multi-cuisine restaurants in Leh, La Terrasse offers an extensive menu which includes everything from a sumptuous Israeli breakfast to salads, pizzas, fries and everything in between. This is a perfect pit stop to refuel when you are shopping in Leh. The food portions are quite generous and staff friendly and helpful. Prices are reasonable and you get good value for money. There is also a huge screen which runs big ongoing sports tournaments.
What to eat: Chicken Shashlyk, Aubergines cooked in coconut milk
Timings: 9am – 10pm
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The Nook is without a doubt, one of the best restaurants in Leh for Indian food. Situated right in the heart of the city, the restaurant can be easily located and is a great place to refresh and cool off after a busy day of shopping and sight-seeing. This is one of the few places around here that serves beer apart from a great selection of drinks.
The menu comprises of Asian and Indian cuisine, with excellent grill, vegetarian and vegan options as well. From dals and curries to naans and rice dishes, the taste of food served here is unparalleled. The ambience is cosy, comfortable and is a good place to enjoy a happy meal with friends. The staff is friendly and attentive and prices are reasonable.
What to eat: Mutton biryani, Butter Chicken, Veg burger, Tandoori Chicken
Timings: 11am – 10pm
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Il Forno Restaurant
Head to Il Forno for a delicious meal with wonderful rooftop views of the mountains and the Leh Palace above and the bustling main street below. The menu they offer is extensive with great multi-cuisine options to pick from. This is one of the best restaurants in Leh to visit, especially on the weekends when they organise live music shows.
The palpable foot thumping live music combined with excellent food makes for an extremely enjoyable dining experience. Although the restaurant is renowned for their wood fire pizzas, they offer something that will appeal to all palates.
What to eat: Chilli paneer, Garlic bread, Non veg pizzas, Lasagna Bolognese, Butter chicken
Timings: 10am – 12am
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Are you craving for a hearty Punjabi meal complete with hot naans fresh out of the tandoor and creamy butter chicken? One of the best restaurants in Leh serving North Indian food, the Leh Dhaba is the place to be if you are in the Main Bazaar area. It is situated right in the centre of the city square which gives it certain locational advantages. The view of the bustling market area from here is great and so is the service and food.
The restaurant offers halal meat which makes it especially popular in the area. Apart from typical Punjabi meals, they are also famous for their biryanis, tandoor items and non-vegetarian thalis. This is also a great place if you are looking for a romantic getaway with someone special, as they organize candle lit dinners as well.
What to eat: Biryani, Tandoori chicken, Jeera Pulao
Timings: 10:00am – 11:30pm
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Tenzin Dickey Tibetan Restaurant
A visit to this Himalayan kingdom cannot be deemed complete unless you have had a taste of authentic Tibetan fare in the quintessential Spartan surroundings at one of the local restaurants in Leh. Tenzin Dickey is one such place where nothing but the food served is primary. The warm and simple service, clean environment and some of the best vegetarian cooking will instantly steal your heart away.
The food is kept healthy yet tasty with not too greasy cooking or the use of artificial additives. The portion size of the dishes is extremely generous, so think before ordering too much. Finish off with one of their famous lemon, ginger and honey tea and you will be good to go.
What to eat: Crispy noodles, Veg Manchurian, Potato cheese fried momos, Lemon and honey pancakes
Timings: 9am – 11pm
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Local Cuisine Restaurant
As the name suggests, the restaurant serves some of the tastiest Ladakhi local food you can get in the best restaurants in Leh. However, the restaurant does not restrict itself to just the local fare, they also excel in Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes.
What first woos you to one of the most homely restaurants in Leh, is their very warm and welcoming staff who make you feel at home the moment you step in. Meals are served hot and fresh with excellent taste and prices are extremely pocket friendly. Whether you stop here for only a snack or decide to pack an entire meal, your entire experience will be a pleasurable one. The fish plates are a specialty here and certainly not to be missed.
What to eat: Chutagi (local Ladakh dish), Non-veg spring rolls
Timings: 12am – 12am
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Wonderland Restaurant & Coffee House
One of the most popular rooftop restaurants in Leh on the Changspa Road, this long established place has served guests with delectable, homely fare for years together. While you cannot head here in the hopes of enjoying spectacular views of the Himalayan range with your meal, you can certainly expect to be served consistently reliable great quality food.
The restaurant was started by an exiled Tibetan family who have unflinchingly maintained the authenticity of Tibetan cuisine in their food. The Indian dishes offered on their menu are also excellent and worth trying. If you give yourself an early start, this is the best place to go for some of the best coffee and cakes, as they open their doors well before most others.
What to eat: Veg burger and fries with mustard mayo, Italian coffee
Timings: 9am – 10pm
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A food lover’s paradise, this dreamy restaurant in Leh is set overlooking snow covered mountains through tall conifers. It offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as a third seating area with low seating and tons of cushions in true Kashmiri style. The outdoor seating is especially pleasant under soft pink hued parasols on a gravelled terrace.
The restaurant is quite spacious and ideal for big gatherings as well as outings with friends. Make this your go-to place on a cold night for a sumptuous hot meal by the bonfire and the sight of old world mural paintings on the wall. They serve Indian and Italian cuisines with some great choices in tandoor items, pizzas and salads.
What to eat: Wood fired pizza, ginger lemon tea
Timings: 11am – 9:30pm
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