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What to Eat and Drink Tibet

Tibet is famous for its Shangri – La Cuisine filled with delicious seafood, noodles, casseroles, barbecued meats and much more. The name Shangri La comes to mind as its the most common and appraised food chains in entire China leave alone Tibet.

Since Tibet is located at height, the foods have a hot tendency which are rich in calories including yak meat, mutton and goat meat. While most of the restaurants offer local Tibetan food but there are also which offer Nepalese, Indian, Sichuan, Chinese and even Western foods.

Some of the famous dishes include Gyurma (blood sausage made with yak or sheep’s blood, Thupka(noodle soup served with mutton or yak meat), Tingmo(steamed bun or bread stuffed with meat or cheese), Tsampa(national food of Tibet made with barley flour mixed with butter or yak butter tea), Tsam – thuk(soup made with tsampa, cheese and yak stock).

In drinks one can try out Yak Tea Butter (made out of yak butter, salt and tea leaves); chang(local beer made of barley) and Pinjopo (wine made of rice).


While there are many food joints in entire Tibet, yet there are certain names which have made their mark all the way offering Chinese, Indian, Western and Sichuan dishes. While your operator  will best guide you where to eat and where not to eat, still here some of the well – known ones which you can try if you wish to. However, it is advisable that you take your trustworthy guide or tour operator along if you wish to try restaurants on your own. Most of the resturants in entire Tibet open at 08:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.

Alu Cang:
Its a restaurant which is very much liked by the locals. Try out curry rice dishes here.

Ganglamedo Bar & Restaurant:
Its a evening lounge with local music, books, tattoo parlour and hot coffee. Its good for fast foods including Chinese items to pizza.

Xinfeng Restaurant:
Its good one for lone travellers and adventurers who love evening walks. Try out ham roast here and french fries.

Xue Shen Gong Restaurant:
Want to try authentic Tibetan food, be here. With waiters speaking fluent english its a good place to try something new if you are a non – vegetarian.

Lhasa Namaste Restaurant:
Its a Nepali restaurant in the backstreets of Lhasa surrounded by garden courtyard.

New Mandala Restaurant:
Mural filled 2nd floor or sunny roof – top  its a good place well known for its Nepali Thali and chicken sizzler. It has branches in Shigatse and Tsetang.

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