Nepal does good good breakfasts with Thamel ranking as the best location in Kathmandu for great breakfast restaurants. Though in all cases 7am is about as early as most restaurants open for breakfast. Not all restaurants have good breakfasts so let's take a look at the ones that do!
The breakfast restaurants listed here offer everything from pancakes to scrambled eggs on toast to fresh fruit with yogurt and more. Most but not all include freshly made tea or coffee. Surprisingly large hotels often don't have an espresso machine and also use tea bags. So keep an eye out for that.
These restaurants are tried and tested personally. Enjoy!
Merhabah Turkish Halal Restraunt
Merhabah's winning edge for breakfast is the largest breakfast in Nepal (and possibly Asia) which is also excelent in taste and budget. The Turkish Set is by far the best choice though there are plenty of other options.
The Turkish Set consists of fresh flat bread, green lentil soup, eggs (scrambled, fried, boiled), cheese, olives and a coffee or tea. The flat bread is made fresh, as in right before they serve it to you. Butter, honey or jam comes with it. That alone with with fresh green lentil soup is enough for more people. But the food keeps coming! Eggs, salad, cheese. Plus tea of coffee. You'll be full past lunch time!
With a breakfast like the above it's hard to want another. But the menu options are there. German style sausage, Nepali sets and a cheese board all await you at rock bottom prices. Do let the owner Sunil know you came from The Longest Way Home and you might just get something extra.
Location: Chaksibari Street, Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Telephone: +977 98-40931141
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7am-10pm
Prices start from: 280 rupees
Recently renovated Mitho is no longer the local place listed in out of date guidebooks, it is a vibrant, modern and spacious place. Mitho has a large breakfast menu on offer. Though take note that the prices are quite high for many dishes though the ingredients are fresh and the dishes have generous portions.
The mushroom omelette is a very good example of this with fresh flat mushrooms used. Served with two slices of toast and salad it's one of the more economical breakfasts here.
Larger appetites and budgets can go for the full breakfast or the various bacon combination breakfasts on offer with fried potatoes, toast, beans, salad and coffee.
Location: Chhetrapati, Thamel, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7am-11pm
Prices start from: 300 rupees
Opened in 2018 this small restaurant is quickly building a reputation for the best breakfasts in Kathmandu. There's a small quiet courtyard outside while inside are neat tables.
There rule of thumb is delicious but simple. The eggs Benedict is listed as famous and it's easy to understand why. Two poached eggs and sauteed ham gorged in creamy hollandaise sauce. It comes with a side of fresh vegetables with tea or coffee.
Other great options include the buck wheat pancakes with honey, eggs of your choice and fruit. It's one of the few breakfast restaurants to offer all this with fluffy pancakes - most just offer pancakes alone. They also offer continental breakfasts and Nepali style breakfasts. There's a new espresso machine and the coffee is Jalpa. Best of all it's all very reasonably priced and the staff are friendly.
Location: Kawabahal , Kathmandu 44600, Nepal ( Next to Hotel Yala Peak)
Telephone: +977 1-4219135
Opening hours: 07:00 - 21:00
Prices start from: 280 rupees
One of Kathmandu's oldest traditional cafes and coffee houses. It's popular with locals and those in the know.
The coffee is the main attraction here as it's probably the best in Kathmandu. It's highly ranked in the best places for a coffee in Kathmandu. For breakfast try the lemon crepes. Thin crepes are made up behind the breakfast bar before you and served with freshly squeeze lemon juice and large crystals of sugar.
Other favorite breakfasts include the large heavy pancake which could keep you going all day. They also serve large bowls of muesli and curd. French toast with honey. Or, simple boiled eggs and toast. The nice thing about Chikusa is that it's one of the only places which hand cuts fresh bread!
Finally here's the insider secret to Chikusa only locals and a few others here have known for years. The cloth filtered and hand blended coffee is made right in front of you and is very good. Suresh has worked here for years and still remains the best to ask for coffee. Go on, you can tell him Dave from The Longest Way Home told you!
Location: Amrit Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1-4223216
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 6.30am-6pm
Prices start from: 260 rupees
A top rated restaurant for a reason. With a nice potted garden style courtyard or a quiet seated indoor area Rosemary offers great filling breakfasts.
From bacon breakfasts, to pancakes and omelets there's an extensive breakfast menu here to choose from. Personal favorites for breakfast choices here include the bacon breakfast along with with the lighter fruit curd. Rosemary excels at cleanliness and the staff are friendly though the prices are now amoung the highest in Thamel.
Location: Kawabahal, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1-4267554
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 7am-10pm
Prices start from: 360 rupees
One of the longest running restaurants in Kathmandu also makes for a great place to have breakfast. Helena's may also qualify for being the tallest restaurant in Kathmandu. There's a double rooftop patio making for great sunny mornings and also a floor with indoor seating.
The bacon breakfast here is one of the better options with a nice portion of bacon, eggs done in a style of your choice, toast, butter/jam, hash browns (potato) and coffee/tea. Their corn bread is not always available but when it is then you'll be in for a treat.
Otherwise the dedicated breakfast choice menu is quite extensive with one of the few offering a steak breakfast and a sausage breakfast. There's a bakery here too, so you'll know the pastries are fresh too. Best of all the prices are quite reasonable.
Location: Chaksibari Marg,Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Telephone: +977 1-4266979
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 7am - 10pm
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