Himachal Pradesh’s Manali is a resort town in the high and mighty Himalayas that millions of Indian and foreign tourists frequent yearly. While the town offers spectacular views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and many outdoor activities, it has some delectable food. So, if your travel persona is a foodie and you want to explore Manali for its mesmerizing vistas and culinary delights, read on. This article will take you through to the top 7 restaurants in Manali. So, sit back, scroll on, and don’t forget to lick your chops!
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1. Johnson’s Café and Johnson’s Lodge, Old Manali
We recommend starting your Manali culinary experience at Johnson’s Café, one of the most distinguished eateries in the resort town. The café’s ambiance is captivating; its food will leave you craving more. First, try one of the trout dishes – it will tantalize your taste buds. Then, if you want to try some delicious Mughlai, Pan Asian, or Continental dishes, visit Johnson’s Lodge, a recently built extension of the café.
2. Drifters’ Cafe, Old Manali
Another famed Old Manali establishment, Drifters’ café, is a place that makes you want to drift without caring for the world. That’s all down to the relaxing music coupled with the low seating. This joint is best visited for breakfast, and their waffles are wow! The pancakes are worth a try as well. At night, the café becomes a cacophonous cauldron full of talkative people and live music, which also makes for quite an experience.
3. Il Forno, Siyal
As far as Italian cuisine is concerned, there’s no better establishment in Manali than Il Forno. Run by a local family, the eatery isn’t just known for its excellence in serving the most famous Italian dishes – its setting is also stunning. Surrounded by apple orchards, Il Forno is a treat not just for the tummy but for the soul as well. The restaurant is best experienced from the terrace, which features a beautiful garden and magnificent mountain views.
4. The Lazy Dog Lounge, Old Manali
The interiors of The Lazy Dog Lounge are cozy and classy, but the outdoor seating area takes the cake here. While it can get quite chilly by the banks of the Manalsu River during the winter months, if you’re visiting Manali in the summer, the outdoor area is the best place to experience this eatery. The menu is extensive and consists of a diverse array of cuisines. So, take your pick based on what your taste buds are craving, and you won’t be disappointed.
5. Chopsticks, Mall Road, New Manali
Old Manali might be home to most of the good stuff that Manali has to offer, but there are a few gems in New Manali as well – Chopsticks is one of them. If you’re craving Chinese food in Manali, this is the best place to visit. In terms of its interiors, it might not compare to the fancier Manali food establishments. However, if it’s the food quality you’re primarily concerned with, Chopsticks won’t disappoint. The best thing about Chopsticks is that despite its high-quality food, the rates are pocket-friendly, making it a Manali eatery for the masses.
6. The Fat Plate, Naggar Road
The Fat Plate is a must-visit if you enjoy wonderfully maintained kitchen gardens and restaurants that source their ingredients locally. Head inside Gurung Cottages on Naggar Road, and you’ll spot this excellent eatery that has set tongues wagging in recent years. While waiting for your food, take in the amazing views and appreciate the finesse with which these guys maintain the interiors and the exteriors. Once the carefully cooked food arrives, let the flavors take over the senses. Before leaving, don’t forget to pick up a bottle or two of the homemade jams available here.
7. Café 1947, Old Manali
We’ll end our list with Old Manali’s favorite eatery now – Café 1947. Despite newer establishments opening amid much excitement and fanfare, this eatery has retained its customers due to its casual and laid-back vibes. Of course, the food here is also amazing, with many Indian, continental, and Israeli options. To experience the café at its very best, we recommend ordering either the Metallica pasta or the burger of Bodom. What’s more? This is one of the best places to eat in Manali, where you can enjoy live music at its finest, with gigs held frequently.
Manali offers a delightful culinary experience with its diverse and vibrant restaurant scene. From traditional Himachali cuisine to international delicacies, there is something to please every palate. The 7 best restaurants in Manali that we have highlighted are sure to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.
So, why wait? Plan and book your trip to Manali, and let your taste buds embark on a flavorful adventure. And for a seamless and personalized travel experience, don’t forget to utilize the Travel-Wise AI trip planner. Happy travels and bon appétit!