Walking on the cobbled path that leads to Bon Appetit almost makes you feel like you are in Goa's famous Greek tavern Thalassa. But the incredible views of the majestic Himalayas and the unusually tall trees around, quickly remind you of where you are. Hiding away in an alley on Changspa Road, the sophisticated restaurant is an example of minimalist architecture and offers continental cuisine along with wood-fired pizza and pasta. They also serve wine and beer. If you are here for dinner, sit outside under the stars and dine by candlelight.
Cost: Rs. 900 for two
Cuisine: Continental, Italian
Standout dishes: Sea buckthorn juice, roasted pumpkin soup, any of the wood-fired pizzas, chocolate momos
Location: Changspa Road, Leh
Contact: 01982 251 533
Possibly the only vegan cafe in Leh, this tiny hole-in-the-wall eatery is a favourite with foreigners. With a wall dedicated to hand-scribbled messages by customers, colourful paper hangings and a curated collection of pashmina stoles, this cute cafe is perfect to grab a healthy snack or a juice boost in the evening.
Cost: Rs. 800 for two
Cuisine: Healthy vegan food
Standout dishes: Detox daisy juice, couscous and hummus salad, green salad and vegan hot chocolate
Location: Music School Lane, Leh
Rendezvous Café Leh & German Bakery
Italian, Mexican, Israeli, Thai, German, Indian, Tibetan... whichever cuisine your heart desires, you will find it at Rendezvous Café Leh & German Bakery. This simple restaurant seats you on plastic chairs in an open space that is shared by three other eateries. The food at the cafe is freshly prepared, delicious and very reasonably priced. The turn-around time is quick and the portions are large. So, if you are looking for some flavoursome food that is light on the pocket, then this cafe is where you should eat.
Cost: Rs. 600 for two
Standout dishes: Soups, red Thai curry, pizza, ginger lemon honey tea, desserts
Location: Main Market, Leh