Meals and Restaurants in Tibet
To travel safely and healthy through Tibet, food is very important to prevent unnecessary illness or trouble in the middle of a wonderful trip. We always suggest that our clients choose the restaurant carefully and eat light meals on the day of their first arrival in Lhasa.
Food: Traditional Tibetan food is quite basic, and stems from the staples of barley and yak products. The most common main dishes are Tsampa (roasted barley flour, yak butter and tea mixed into a dough), Momos (steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables), and Thugpa (a noodle stew with meat and/or vegetables). Tsampa is an aquired taste – ask your guide to show you how Tsampa is mixed with tea in a bowl. Momos are extremely moreish, and Thugpa is great comfort food. A special treat (with a slightly acquired taste), if you are lucky enough to find fresh yogurt has a supreb taste, which nomads make from yak milk.

You will also probably be offered Tibetan tea at some point; a salty tea made of yak butter, milk, salt and tea leaves. While Tibetans love it, it is an acquired taste for most foreigners. Tibetans are very hospitable and will serve you tea continuously. You are welcome to take a sip or two out of respect but the host will keep refilling your cup. It is also OK to ask for hot water or sweat tea if butter tea is not to your liking.

There are just a few Tibetan restaurants specializing in local fare, and the further you go from Lhasa, the less traditional food you will find. Most restaurants in Tibet are Chinese, and serve spicy Sichuan-style dishes.The food is hot and many dishes are stir-fried, eliminating most safety concerns. Most restaurants are safe to eat in, but if it looks deserted, dirty, or you just feel uncomfortable, you should probably seek another option.

Guesthouses catering to backpackers and the occasional hostel or hip restaurant will offer a western breakfast menu of pancakes with honey and bananas, yogurt or cereal. Otherwise, most hotels will serve a Chinese-style breakfast, including steamed dumplings, eggs-boiled or scrambled with tomoatoes, hot veggies, a bland form of rice-pudding and tea.

Vegetarians will have no trouble finding vegetable, noodle and tofu dishes in Chinese restaurants. While you may get tired of the same dishes over and over, you are bound to find a favorite; whether it be spicy eggplant, fried green beans or spicy tofu (watch out for tofu and meat combinations).


Water: Tap water is not considered safe for drinking for most Westerners, but is fine for brushing your teeth with. We recommend purchasing bottled water, bringing purification tablets or boiling your own water if trekking. Note: There are no recycling facilities in Tibet, so please be mindful of your waste. You may be able to save your plastic bottles and turn them in at a convenience store, where they have a slightly better chance of being carted off to a landfill or the rare recycling plant in China. It is out most important to maintain the Tibetan environment for our future generations.

Below we have selected some best restaurant that serves very good dished with wide-range option of Tibetan, Nepalis and Indian food.
Lhasa Kitchen
It is located right in front of the Jokhang temple and nice
Dunya Restaurant
One of the best places to eat in Lhasa is Dunya restaurant.
Songtsen Tibetan Restaurant
Songtsen Tibetan Restaurant is located in Shigatse , Tibet.
Third Eye Restaurant
The Third Eye Restaurant is located in Shigatse, Tibet. It i
Gyantse Kitchen
The restaurant is located in Gyantse town. This place is qui
Gyantse Monastery Restaurant
This restaurant is perfectly located in the courtyard of Pel
Mt Everest Restaurant
Mt Everest Restaurant is located in Tingri county which is a
Tingri Qomolangma Resort Restaurant
Qomolangma resort restaurant is located in the heart of Ting
Amdo Restaurant
Amdo restaurant is located in old Tingri town. It is one of
Yushu Tu Ba Wan Restaurant
Yushu Tu Ba Wan Restaurant is located near Tibetan Medicine
Qongmulama Restaurant
Qongmulama restaurant is located in opposite to China Post o
Holy Yushu Restaurant
The Holy Yushu Restaurant is located in Yushu city which is
Nepali Restaurant Yushu
Nepali restaurant is located in Yushu city. It is the one Ne
Tashi Restaurant
This restaurant is run by Nepali which has a branch in Shiga
Rose of Sharon Bistro Restaurant
The Rose of Sharon Bistro Restaurant is located at heart of
Sichuan Restaurant
This restaurant is located near to Samye monastery town peopl
Aku Tonpa restaurant
This restaurant is located 700m away from the Samye monastery
Four Seasons Garden Eco Café
Four Seasons Garden Eco Caf季花园生态咖啡厅 This caf
Chongqing Xiaolongkan Old Hot Pot (Shannan Branch)
Chongqing Xiaolongkan Old Hot Pot (Shannan Branch)重庆小龙
Ancestral Forbidden City Restaurant
Ancestral Forbidden City Restaurant山南市先祖故都藏餐


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