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.