Food Crawl In Leh: These Are Our Top 8 Picks

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All the huffing and puffing, efforts to acclimatise and climbing high passes around can build up quite an appetite in Leh. And as you become acquainted with local Ladakhi favourites such as salty butter tea, steaming hot thukpa and slurpy skyu, you'll be longing to give them a try as soon as you can.

This list of restaurants features a mix of places that serve traditional and other cuisines such as continental, Korean, Italian and others.

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Photo of Bon Appetit, Karzu Road, Leh by Himani Khatreja

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

Ladakh Cafe

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

Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

Standout dishes: Soups, red Thai curry, pizza, ginger lemon honey tea, desserts

Location: Main Market, Leh

Located in the busy Leh market, Chopsticks is a pan-Asian restaurant that is popular with both tourists and locals. The food includes juicy momos, nasi goreng, Thai curries, pad Thai and other Asian delicacies. But be aware that even though they list items according to the level of spiciness, most of their dishes are still quite hot. The restaurant even serves a few local dishes, such as skyu and Ladakhi curries.

Cost: Rs. 800 for two

Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Standout dishes: Tom yum noodles, vermicelli spicy salad, mutton momos

Location: Raku Complex, Fort Rd

Contact: 9622378764

Amigo Korean Restaurant

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Photo of Chopsticks Noodle Bar Leh, Fort Road, Leh by Himani Khatreja

For when you are bored of eating noodles, momos, pasta and pizza, head over to the Amigo Korean Restaurant on the Changspa Road thronging with hipsters. This simple-looking joint serves the best Korean food in Leh and doles out dishes such as vegetable pancakes, bibimbap and sushi rolls, fresh and delicious each time. Try their Korean tea for a taste of something different.

Cost: Rs. 1,000 for two

Cuisine: Korean

Standout dishes: Bibimbap, sushi

Location: Changspa Road

Contact: 097974 91134

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Photo of Gesmo Restaurant, Leh by Himani Khatreja

Gesmo Restaurant is one of the most recommended eateries in Leh, mainly for its convenient location and the variety of cuisines it serves. The restaurant has a few seats lined up near the window, which look out onto the market. Ask to sit there, so you can watch locals and tourists go by as you enjoy dishes that range from Italian, Indian, Tibetan and others.

Cost: Rs. 700

Cuisine: Multi-cuisine

Standout dishes: Yak cheese pizza, cinnamon rolls, special omelette with yak cheese

Location: Fort Road, Leh

Contact: 94180 64040

This unique organic store is good for a quick pick me up. It offers clean filtered water that travellers can fill up in their bottles, all kinds of apricot products, such as apricot preserve, kernels and even apricot moisturiser, and fresh sea buckthorn and apricot juices. You can also buy sun-dried tomatoes, tahini paste, Himalayan pink salt and dried garlic.

Cost: Rs. 400 for two

Cuisine: Organic ingredients

Location: Near Zangsti Car Park, Leh

Amdo Food

Not to be confused with Amdo Cafe, Amdo Food is a small restaurant where the locals eat. Located in the main market on the second floor of a shop, it is good stop after a hectic day of shopping, but only if you can find space. Don't go expecting a spick and span place; go for the food, which is definitely worth it all.

Cost: Rs. 300 for two

Cuisine: Tibetan

Standout dishes: Cheese and spinach momos, mutton thukpa

Location: Leh Market, above HDFC ATM

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