11 Mountain Cafes In Dharamshala That Will Make Your Tummy & Trek Absolutely Blissful

When seeking escape and hibernation away from the city, we can’t help but drift our ways mountain-wards. For all the peace seekers, Dharamshala & McLeodganj are undoubtedly the best options. These areas offer a bounty of sightseeing options that range from temples to monasteries, from ancient towns to natural beauty. With this invigorating place comes interesting fare too. Here’s a list of the best cafes in Dharamshala that will make your visit worthwhile. 

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1. Illiterati Books & Coffee

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Illiterati is a book cafe sitting pretty a little away from the middle of the town, in all its bliss. The place is beautifully rustic and oozes an old world charm, making it super instagrammable. Not only this, you can also sit here and marvel at the beauty of the sprawling hills outside. By the way, the ravioli served here is to die for. 

Head to Lower Jogiwara Road, Above the Osho Spiritual Institute, McLeodganj

Say hello at 9736479353

Pay INR 400 for two people (approx) 

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2. Moonpeak Espresso

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Of course, you can go to the hills and unwind  peacefully but then did you know you could work there too? This cafe and gallery space serves the best coffee in town and has free Wi-Fi. So make way to this place when you’ve got to do some work in the midst of tranquillity. Also, miss their Banana cake & Apricot chicken at your own loss. 

Head to Shop 3-4, Surya Complex, Temple Road, McLeodganj

Say hello at 0189 2220375

Pay INR 300 for two people (approx) 

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3. Shiva Cafe

An abode of hippies, Shiva Cafe is a mysterious eatery. You really have to up your trek game to reach here. But hey, the mesmerising view and delicious momos make it absolutely worth it. 

Head to Bhagsu Nag Waterfall, Pathway, McLeodganj 

Say hello at +91 9625028530

Pay INR 400 for two people (approx) 

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4. Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen

As the name suggests, Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen serves sumptuous Italian food. Think of authentic Italian pastas and pizzas, and they serve them all. This sister concern of Clay Oven has a sleepy service, so head here with a lot of time on your hands. 

Head to Jogiwara Road, McLeodganj 

Say hello at 9459259754

Pay INR 500 for two people (approx) 

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5. Trek & Dine

For those who have traversed further and made their way to Dharamkot, Trek & Dine is the perfect place to be. It’s settled far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and hence is extremely peaceful. Also, we recommend you try the espressos and wood-fired pizzas served here.

Head to Main Centre Market, Dharamkot

Say hello at 097363 65156

Pay INR 400 for two people (approx) 

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6. Indique

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This cafe is sitting pretty on the main temple road and has a magnificent view of the Kangra Valley and the Pong Dam. It’s one of the few places that serves home-like Indian food on the hills. However, the best part about this place is the music. From the tunes that keep playing in the background to the musical evening gigs; each tune played here is bound to rejuvenate your soul. 

Head to Mount View Complex, Temple Road, McLeodganj

Say hello at 088943 66188

Pay INR 400 for two people (approx) 

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7. Peace Cafe

Run by a family, Peace Cafe is a warm and welcoming cafe that makes you feel at home. They serve traditional Tibetan bread in the most delicious way possible and guarantees piping hot food even in the cold weather. If you’re the experimental one, then try the butter tea served here. 

Head to Main Road, McLeodganj 

Pay INR 100 for two people (approx) 

8. Woeser Bakery

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Located in a town that has very little to offer, Woeser Bakery is a small bakery that breaks the stereotypes. This cutesy bakery serves a plethora of options for all the sweet tooths out there. You can expect gluten free cake, vegan cake, and almond tarts, Chocolate lollipop and a calming ambience. 

Head to Jogibara Road, McLeodganj, Dharamshala 

Say hello at 09870 55048

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9. Norling 

Mountains and Tibetan food go hand in hand at cafes in Dharamshala. And that’s where Norling comes into the picture. This teeny tiny haunt offers authentic Tibetan food that ain’t for the spice lovers. The safest bet would be a plate of chicken momos and a drink that fascinates you. 

Head to Dolma Chowk, McLeodganj

Say hello at 9418105108

10. Carpe Diem 

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Think rooftop, mountain view and oven baked pizza and that’s precisely what Carpe Diem has to offer. Doing absolute justice to its name, this cafe lets you forget your worries, live in the now and make memories. 

Head to Jogibara Road, McLeodganj

Say hello at 09882192294

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11. Clay Oven 

One of the oldest and the most loved cafes in Dharamshala in the main square of McLeodganj is Clay Oven. This place brings food and people together, from all walks of life. They serve Tibetan, Continental and Nepalese cuisine. When here, do try the hot dumplings, chicken momo and hot peach tea

Head to Main Square, McLeodganj

Say hello at +91 9816116862

Pay INR 400 for two people (approx)

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