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Restaurants in Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh cuisine has major influence of Punjabi and Tibetan style of food. The people of Himachal Pradesh prefer very spicy food items. The variety of food items reflect the vibrant and dynamic yet simple life of the people of Himachal Pradesh. Traditionally, Himachali cuisine is dominated by red meat and wheat bread. The cuisine of Himachal Pradesh  has a significant influence of the Thick and rich gravy, with aromatic spices, is used in abundance as the base of many dishes. Now, steamed momos (dumplings) and noodles are also readily available and popular with tourists who want to graduate to Indian food slowly.

Shimla being one of the major tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh has a great number of restaurants serving variety of cuisines like Indian, French, Lebanese, Continental, Asian, Chinese, Italian etc. Authentic Pahadi food may be sampled at many places. Indian chaat and other quick bites are available along with an assortment of quality confectionery.

Manali offers a variety of options when it comes to eating. You can find Punjabi, South Indian food to Italian, Tibetan and Chinese. The famous Mall Road of Manali has many eating options ranging from roadside food stalls to lavish restaurants.

Mcleod Ganj has numerous restaurants offering Indian as well as international cuisines.Vegetarians can go to Lung Ta on Jogibara Road serving Japanese food. Tibetan snacks like momos, thupkas and tingmo can be found at some restaurants on Jogibara Road. Again, for Chinese, Continental and Indian cuisines, tourists can go to Jogibara Road. Some coffee bars on Temple Road and cafés on Jogibara Road are bar-cum-restaurants with well-stocked bars, serving good vegetarian and and non-vegetarian  dishes. 

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Cecil, Shimla

In house restaurant of Oberoi Cecil Hotel is one of the best places in Shimla to have excellent food with style. The grand old world charm ambience is inviting. They serve excellent service with lots of vegetarian and non vegetarian choices. Non- Vegetarian Platter, Biryani, Fried Fish, Grilled Trout with lemon butter Sauce and homemade muesli with yogurt and honey are worth trying.
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Wake & Bake Cafe , Shimla

Located right opposite the town hall building, nestled on the first floor above the row of shops is the “Wake & Bake” Cafe. This place is best suited if you are looking for a small and cozy place on the busy Mall Road of Shimla to sit and chat with someone over coffee or to just sit all by yourself with a book The place is small but very well planned. Apart from the pizzas, you also have the option of ordering a variety of crepes, kathi rolls, pasta, salads, falafals, hummus, or ask for the “Daily Special”.
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Scandal Delights, Shimla

Located at The Mall with views unimaginable and good food makes this place very special. A decent lounge on the terrace with the bar well stocked and excellent service are enough for beautiful evening at. Try amazing Thai food and mouth watering desserts in great atmosphere.
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Qilaa, Shimla

With nice middle eastern ambience, beautiful hanging lights and old photos of Shimla this restaurant at The Mall is popular amongst tourists. Recommended falafel, Afgani chicken, succulent and juicy tandoori chicken, creamy heaven of dal makhani, ludicrously indulgent paneer butter masala and fresh Naans.
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Baljee's, Shimla

Baljee’s is located opposite Town Hall at the heart of Mall Road. Has quiet ambiance but awesome food. Baljee’s is highly recommended for having a satisfying breakfast. Mutton Roganjosh and Butter chicken, gulab jamuns, omelets and dosas are famous here.
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Casa Bella Vista, Manali

The location is excellent with the Beas river flowing in the background letting you enjoy its soothing sound. Absolutely delicious pizzas served straight from a wood fired oven to your table with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Very thin crust pizzas are also recommended. They offer 100% Italian spicy homemade Pizzas in Manali.
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Cafe 1947, Manali

Cafe 1947,that\'s a amazing name, well there is more to it than the name. Has a lovely riverside view and a huge tree adds to the scene. This place serves the best food in and around Manali and also it has a neat and cozy sitting plan. The Chicken Tomato Lasagna and Olive Mushroom Pizza are recommended besides Lemon Hanna and Honey Lemon Ginger on Ice. If you are looking for relaxing and cool place this is the best choice.
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Johnson's Bar & Restaurant, Manali

This is definitely one of the best Restaurant and Lounge to eat and relax with a few drinks in Manali. Locatd very close to main Manali market area it’s a huge restaurant with big lawn and outside seating area for lunch and dinner. Excellent choice of Italian, Indian and Continental dishes are available here with some great cocktails.
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Drifter's Inn and Cafe, Manali

Located in Old Manali, Drifters Inn is the best suited place to relax. The ambience of the place is warm and cozy. Has separate smoking and non-smoking sections. They stock a wide variety of board games and books, so both groups and individuals can keep themselves amused while waiting for or eating their meal. The menu is an international mix with a couple of items from here and there. Dishes are well presented and portion sizes are pretty good, special mention for the breakfast platters and the burgers, sandwiches and desserts. Also have a well stocked bar to make your evenings more enjoyable.
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LA PLAGE, Manali

Situated at one of the most beautiful scenic spot of Manali it’s a lovely place surrounded by apple orchards with amazing ambiance & view The French food and the hospitality is awesome. The desserts are amazingly delicious, mocktails too are very good. A place must to visit for a life long remembrance of good people and good delicious French food.
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Lung Ta, McLeod Ganj

Lung Ta has a choice to sit in front room or in the cool open terrace overlooking the mountains at the back. It is known for its nice ambience, warm atmosphere and excellent Japanese food - all vegetarian and extremely cheap. Its non-commercial outlet run as a non-profit operation and proceeds go to Tibet Welfare. It is closed on Sundays.
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Woeser Bakery, McLeod Ganj

One of the best bakeries in town Woeser Bakery is small but serves wide range of shakes, smoothies, tea, coffee, cupcakes, tarts and sandwiches. The best part is they are made out of healthy ingredients as baking powder or baking soda are not used. Amazing desserts are also available here.
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Mandala Coffee Shop, McLeod Ganj

This is an awesome place to have breakfast whille in Mecleod Ganj. Nice little place which is clean, well maintained and serves good food. Cafe serves best Cappuccino and fruit and Curd Muesli in Mcleodganj. Their fresh juices are great and they have the best cakes in town.
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Gakyi Restaurant, McLeod Gunj

Gakyi is a small place serving healthy vegetarian Tibetan food. Lamen with egg/tofu/garlic sauce along with momos are a must have. Besides, traditional Tibetan delicacies, you can dig into delicious spaghetti along with tea and milkshakes. Here you can eat to your heart\'s content and you shall still feel light and healthy.
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Tibet Kitchen, Dharamshala

At Tibet Kitchen the ambience is great with a plenty of seating space. May it be locals, tourists or monks all come here and bask in the warmth of the place. The food is authentic in huge portions and totally non spicy but they give you all sauces to make it according to your taste. Chicken Pokchoy which is dish made with sliced chicken and mixed vegetables cooked in spices and oyster sauce and Chilly Pork that is dry sliced pork cooked with onions, capsicum in a chilly based sauce are recommended.
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