Continuing from the previous article where I covered a list of all vegetarian only restaurants in Leh city and other areas of Ladakh; In this article I will put together a list of a few good restaurants in Leh City, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. I have eaten at some of these places myself but not all. A few are my own recommendations; some were suggested by friends; and a few were added to the list after I read great reviews about them over the web.
Good Restaurants in Leh
Quite honestly, eating in Ladakh sounds to me like “world on a plate”. There is just so much here that you can try, from Kashmiri to Ladakhi, to Tibetan and the list is endless. Some of the places are a little costly but there are plenty where you can eat as much as you want without going bankrupt. I will try to keep the list as comprehensive as I can.
Leh View Restaurant
If you want to try some delicious Kashmiri dish with an awesome view around, eat at Leh view restaurant. They have some amazing Kashmiri dishes on the menu as well as some other regular north Indian food.
This one is probably one of the most recommended restaurants in all of Leh and is almost on every list of good restaurants in Leh. It serves great Indian & Chinese and at quite an affordable price. Their menu is quite comprehensive and the only thing amiss is probably south Indian food. I even usually avoid eating at the hotels that I stayed at and go to Lamayuru for lunch and dinner. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Neha Snacks / Sweets:
This one comes highly recommended if you want to grab a quick bite. Their Puri Chhole and samosa chaat is quite famous. It is a great yet affordable place to try some other delicious snacks. It is in fact so popular that you will literally have to squeeze through people to get your order.
Chaska Maska Dosa House
Craving to try a delicious Dosa? Visit Chaska Maska and eat all that you can. It is a great place to try some south Indian.
Want to try an amazing pizza with cheap beer and an amazing view? Go to Il Forno. Their Beer is quite good and cheap and the view from their rooftop garden is good as well. It is not only limited to Pizza here though, they offer other main courses as well for reasonable price.
This is another great place to have some good pizzas and cheap beer in an attractive garden. Try their thin crust pizza, it is quite good and reasonably priced between Rs. 200 – Rs. 300. A mug of beer would cost around Rs. 150. They also have a pumpkin soup of the menu for Rs. 90 or so which too I will recommend.
If you want to try some Asian food, then Chopsticks is a great place to eat at. Their Thai green curry is very delicious and just for Rs. 90.
This is another great rooftop cafe that serves great Indian and Chinese food. The view of the mountains while having your dinner is amazing.
Craving for some of the regular and delicious Desi dishes at a Dhaba? Are you on a budget trip? If yes then Chandan Dhaba will be a great place to eat at. For about Rs. 60 you can get a thali with daal, sabzi, rice and roti. Food is quite good and well within budget.
Another great restaurant to have some desi Punjabi food. Try their Lassi, it is good.
Another great option if you are on a budget trip. Their Thali is for about Rs. 100 but more than enough for one person to eat.
This is located on Changspa and has been recommended highly by a few friends of mine. Their menu is quite vast, prices are reasonable and service is excellent.
If you want to have a sophisticated candle light dinner with your spouse, then you should visit Gohil’s restaurant. They have an open sided roof where they light candles and paraffin lambs on the table while serving dinner, a perfect romantic setting. They serve delicious Punjabi and Himachali food.
I just remember this place for one item only, their “Chicken Dynamite”. Try it out, it’s amazing. Their specialty is spicy crisp fried chicken but they serve pasts, burgers, juices as well. The chicken dynamitet comes with a coleslaw side and two toasted sandwiches filled with chili-herb-garlic mix.
If you are in a mood to have a few drinks with friends at a Bar while eating some delicious lamb strips, then you should go to Lehchen. They are famous for their cocktail bar and lamb strips.
Another one of the most well known and recommended restaurants of Leh. It is situation on Old for road and is famous for their Yak Cheese Pizza. Lamayuru restaurant that I mentioned above is quite near to Gesmo.
This is one of my most favorite places for Kashmiri food. Their Kashmiri dishes mouth watering. If you are a non-vegetarian then you must visit this place a visit while you are in Ladakh. It is highly recommended by me.
I hope this information on good restaurants in Leh was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I would be glad to answer. Also, if you have eaten at a restaurant in Leh which is not on the list above, please do recommend it in comments. If you ate a restaurant that was not good or overpriced, you can add feedback on that as well in order to help others.