Skip to content

Best things to do in Lalitpur

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“A cultural world heritage site. Must go place to observe ancient architecture.”
39local recommendations
Museum
“It is really worth visiting. The architecture of the royal palace, the garden and the exhibitions (a collection of religious art and displays of Newari architecture) are amazing. Don’t forget to stop for /coffee or lunch at the museum’s restaurant (the beautiful garden in the 3rd courtyard of the museum). Your ticket also allows you the access to “Sundari Chowk and Mul chowk” (other entrance on Durbar Square - right side of the museum) ”
10local recommendations
Boarding House
“500 years old Terracotta temple, also known as Nine Thousand Buddha Temple.”
6local recommendations
Temple
“Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (12th Century) is an important Buddhist temple in Nepal. There’s a golden roof and artifacts. The Golden Temple is especially nice in the early morning during prayer times, and on full moon nights.”
5local recommendations
Grocery or Supermarket
“It feels a bit "plastic-y". We much prefer to encourage local businesses but sometimes big supermarket are handy... You will find lots of things from food to hardware. ”
8local recommendations
Book Store
“If you are around the Sanepa/Jhamsikhel area, go to Café Soma for breakfast or lunch. Good burgers and sandwiches, soups, salads, Panini, fresh juice, original teas, homemade cakes etc... Soma is also a good spot to work on the computer as it provides customers with a reliable wifi connection. Closes at 7pm.”
7local recommendations
Shopping Mall
“There is a QFX cinema in the 4th floor of Labim mall (the new Mall right in Pulchowk.)”
6local recommendations
Food
“Honacha is the real Bara place! It’s been favored by the locals for 50 years and as such delivers proper Newari Food: "bara and egg barra" (lentils crepes), "alu" (potatoes), "kerao" (chickpeas), “ sekuwa” (cured meat)... Watch out, there’s no menu so just order a mix: ‘’Ali ali sabaï dinus”! Drink home-made Chang or Rakshi to go with (local rice alcohol) The place is located just behind Krishna Temple on Durbar Square . It’s a dark ground floor- part of the experience- or a small terrace on the 1st floor with a view on Durbar Square – Opened only during day time.”
4local recommendations
Zoo
“Only Zoo in Kathmandu Valley. Visit there to observe Various flora and fauna closely”
7local recommendations
Café
$
“Authentic Newari cuisine at a reasonable price. Plus it's running for a good cause, empowering women. so it's a win win.”
4local recommendations
Restaurant
“On Patan Durbar Square, nearby the waterspout and the school. The Nepali/Indian food is good. Go to the upper terrace for the view over the temples and the water spring. Frequented by tourists but also by a lot of Nepalese which is a good clue (compared to the very touristic Café du Temple nearby that does not serve quality food). Espresso Bar. ”
3local recommendations
Music Venue
“Moksh Live has great jazz and rock-n-roll music on Tuesdays and the weekends. Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory is located in the premises.”
5local recommendations
Restaurant
“A nice old Rana villa transformed into a restaurant. It is relatively hidden from the outside but once you enter, you discover a beautiful courtyard with comfortable seats, good food and cocktails. Entrance is on the left of Patan Dokha.”
5local recommendations
Bed & Breakfast
“Café Swotha is is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner at our doorstep! Fresh food, a revolving black board menu, small outdoor area, good wifi and very sweet and dedicated staff. The menu is mainly western but there’s also a very good Daal Bhat (Nepali Thali). ”
2local recommendations
Restaurant
“In Ekantakuna, 100 meters on the right of the huge tree. Piano B is a busy Italian Bistro set up by the friendly Bubu- Real Italian quality food: Antipasti, homemade pasta, Arrancini, Prosciutto, imported Italian cheese… Very good wines to accompany your meal- Price are on the upper scale but still really ok for the quality. Closed on Sundays.”
7local recommendations
Café
$
“Owned and managed by the friendly Ruby, the place (a bit like a Berlins’ underground spot) is hidden in a tiny alley on the right hand side when going from Swotha Square to Durbar Square. Small black board menu only but everything Ruby serves is extra fresh and well prepared (always by him). Very cheap for the quality (between 150 npr and 300 npr). Good atmosphere, open kitchen, local clientele. ”
3local recommendations