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"Expensive" in Tibet means anything over $10, but don’t expect to shell out more than $15 per entrée. Eating for under $5 is common throughout the region.

Top Restaurants in Tibet


Although run by Dutch owners, Lhasa’s cleanest kitchen serves up an impressive menu of Tibetan dishes like yak sizzler alongside western faves like burgers, pasta, and salads. Due to the high prices (still reasonable by U.S. standards), most customers are foreign.

100 Beijing Donglu, Tibet, 011-86-891-633-3374
Tags: moderate | american | tibetan


This rooftop hangout is popular with locals and tourists willing to brave linguistic difficulties and slow service for great views over the Barkhor and authentic Tibetan cuisine.

Barkhor, Tibet,
Tags: moderate | tibetan

Makye Ame

This multi-storied orange building stands at the coolest corner of the Barkhor. Travelers flock to this cozy little nook for its funky furnishings, sparkly clean interiors, and top-notch Tibetan food.

Barkhor, Tibet,
Tags: moderate | tibetan


Renowned for their desserts, chocolate cake in particular, the comfy booths at this laidback restaurant are great for relaxing after a long day. The Internet cafe behind the restaurant offers printing and CD burning.

Zang Yiyuan Lu, Tibet, 011-86-891-633-7323
Tags: expensive | dessert

Tibet Summit Fine Art Café

In the Shangbala Hotel courtyard, Tibet's latest nod to western modernity comes in the form of Italian espresso and cappuccinos for a relatively hefty price. Computer access here is reliable.

1 Danjielin Rd., Tibet, 011-86-891-691-3884, www.thetibetsummitcafe.com
Tags: expensive | cafe

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