To travel safely and healthily through Tibet, food is essential to prevent unnecessary illness or trouble in the middle of a wonderful trip. We always suggest that our clients choose the restaurant carefully and eat light meals on the day of their first arrival in Lhasa.

Food: Traditional Tibetan food is quite basic, and stems from the staples of barley and yak products. The most common main dishes are Tsampa (roasted barley flour, yak butter, and tea mixed into a dough), Momos (steamed dumplings filled with meat or vegetables), and Thugpa (a noodle stew with meat and/or vegetables). Tsampa is an acquired taste – ask your guide to show you how Tsampa is mixed with tea in a bowl. Momos are extremely moreish, and Thugpa is great comfort food. A special treat (with a slightly acquired taste), if you are lucky enough to find fresh yogurt has a superb taste, which nomads make from yak milk.

You will also probably be offered Tibetan tea at some point; a salty tea made of yak butter, milk, salt, and tea leaves. While Tibetans love it, it is an acquired taste for most foreigners. Tibetans are very hospitable and will serve you tea continuously. You are welcome to take a sip or two out of respect but the host will keep refilling your cup. It is also OK to ask for hot water or sweat tea if butter tea is not to your liking.

There are just a few Tibetan restaurants specializing in local fare, and the further you go from Lhasa, the less traditional food you will find. Most restaurants in Tibet are Chinese and serve spicy Sichuan-style dishes. The food is hot and many dishes are stir-fried, eliminating most safety concerns. Most restaurants are safe to eat in, but if it looks deserted and dirty, or you just feel uncomfortable, you should probably seek another option.

Guesthouses cater to backpackers and the occasional hostel or hip restaurant will offer a Western breakfast menu of pancakes with honey and bananas, yogurt, or cereal. Otherwise, most hotels will serve a Chinese-style breakfast, including steamed dumplings, eggs boiled or scrambled with tomatoes, hot veggies, a bland form of rice pudding, and tea.

Vegetarians will have no trouble finding vegetable, noodle, and tofu dishes in Chinese restaurants. While you may get tired of the same words over and over, you are bound to find a favorite; whether it be spicy eggplant, fried green beans, or spicy tofu (watch out for tofu and meat combinations).

Water: Tap water is not considered safe for drinking for most Westerners, but is OK for brushing your teeth with. We recommend purchasing bottled water, bringing purification tablets, or boiling your own water if trekking. Note: There are no recycling facilities in Tibet, so please be mindful of your waste. You may be able to save your plastic bottles and turn them in at a convenience store, where they have a slightly better chance of being carted off to a landfill or the rare recycling plant in China. It is our most important to maintain the Tibetan environment for our future generations.

Below we have selected some best restaurant that serves very good dishes with a wide-range option of Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian food.

Recommended Restaurants In Tibet


Tashi Restaurant in Gyantse

This restaurant is run by Nepali which has a branch in Shigatse....

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House of Shambhala Restaurant

The House of Shambhala Restaurant is located at heart of Lhasa city, Tibet. It...

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Sichuan Restaurant

This restaurant is located near to Samye monastery town people’s government, you...

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Yushu Tu Ba Wan Restaurant

Yushu Tu Ba Wan Restaurant is located near Tibetan Medicine Hospital in Yushu...

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Four Seasons Garden Eco Café

This café restaurant is located quite near to the old town of...

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Lhasa Namaste Restaurant

Lhasa Namaste Restaurant serves Tibetan, Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Western food. It is...

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Tashi Restaurant

Tashi restaurant is located in Shigatse, Tibet. It is one of the...

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Amdo Restaurant

Amdo restaurant is located in old Tingri town. It is one of...

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Mt Everest Restaurant

Mt Everest Restaurant is located in Tingri county which is attached with...

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Chongqing Xiaolongkan Old Hot Pot (Shannan Branch)

Xiaolongkan in Shannan is very close to Tan Yutou and People's Canteen,...

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Third Eye Restaurant

The Third Eye Restaurant is located in Shigatse, Tibet. It is a local restaurant...

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Tashi I Restaurant

There are two Tashi Restaurant in Lhasa- Tashi 1 and Tashi 2. Tashi 1...

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Po Ba Tsang Restaurant

Po Ba Tsang Restaurant is located in Lhasa. It is one of...

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Nepali Restaurant Yushu

Nepali restaurant is located in Yushu city. It is the one Nepali restaurant...

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Tingri Qomolangma Resort Restaurant

Qomolangma resort restaurant is located in the heart of Tingri county. It...

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Tibetan Family Kitchen

Tibetan family kitchen is located at Lhasa city. The restaurant has two floors...

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Qongmulama Restaurant

Qongmulama restaurant is located in opposite to China Post office in Yushu City....

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Rose of Sharon Bistro Restaurant

The Rose of Sharon Bistro Restaurant is located at heart of Yushu...

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Holy Yushu Restaurant

The Holy Yushu Restaurant is located in Yushu city which is the...

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Lhasa Kitchen

It is located right in front of the Jokhang temple and nice...

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Aku Tonpa restaurant

This restaurant is located 700m away from the Samye monastery, this is...

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Mayke Ame Restaurant

Mayke Ame Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in Lhasa. It...

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Songtsen Tibetan Restaurant

Songtsen Tibetan Restaurant is located in Shigatse, Tibet. It is one of the...

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Gyantse Monastery Restaurant

This restaurant is perfectly located in the courtyard of Pelkor Chöde. This...

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Woeser Zedroe Tibetan Restaurant

The Woeser Zedroe Tibetan Restaurant is located in Lhasa and it is...

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Gyantse Kitchen

The restaurant is located in Gyantse town. This place is quite popular...

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Ancestral Forbidden City Restaurant

This Tibetan restaurant is located at Gaqu alley and quite near to...

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Shigatse Wordo Kitchen

Shigatse Wordo Kitchen Shigatse Wordo Kitchen is located at the heart of...

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Dunya Restaurant

One of the best places to eat in Lhasa is Dunya restaurant....

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Kyichu Restaurant

This is one of the best restaurant in Lhasa. The restaurant is...

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