Rabsel Garden Cafe at Shechen Monastery

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    ( 2 reviews )

Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tranquil setting in the courtyard of the Shechen Monastery Guest House, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Serves Tibetan and Nepali food, plus traveler staples such as pizza, pasta, salads, fresh juices, and more. Vegan options are not clearly labeled, so please inquire. All produce is organic and completely purified. Restaurant is open to non-guests. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, Indian, International, Italian, Organic, Western, Juice bar, Asian, European, Tibetan

2 Reviews

First Review by earthville

Beautiful garden setting - Edit

I don't find the food very special, as mentioned the usual traveler staples, nothing I would go out of my way for. But the setting! That's what I come here for occasionally: the lovely, peaceful, green garden - no traffic noises, just birds. Watching a squirrel or the butterflies while I wait for my order.

Pros: Wonderful garden setting

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A peaceful oasis near the Boudha stupa - Edit

Rabsel Garden Cafe has to be one of the most peaceful places in Kathmandu. Set in a tranquil courtyard at one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, it's a lovely spot to have a leisurely meal, snack, or drink while contemplating compassion (or, you know, checking your email).

The menu covers all the usual bases for a traveler restaurant in Nepal: pizza, pasta, salads (said to be mostly organic and hygienically prepared), plus Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian fare. As is common in this part of the world, not everything on the menu is always available. I particularly appreciate the fresh juices.

Everyone is welcome (you don't have to be staying at the monastery, though they do have a nice guest house), and there's plenty of seating both indoors and outside in the garden. Proceeds support the important work of the monastery to preserve Buddhist tradition.

FINDING IT: From the Boudhanath stupa, take the road that goes north (opposite the small temple at the main entrance to the interior courtyard of the stupa) and follow the signs to Shechen monastery (you'll fork left, and then after a minute or two the monastery entrance will be on your right, near an ecologically-themed mural). Once inside the Shechen monastery compound, walk up the steps and then take the left path, following the signs to the Shechen Guest House. Walk along a row of stupas and then the entrance to the garden will be on your left.

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