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Ambient Cafe

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Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
+975 2 325578,
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 93
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
The best fruit shakes in town

Arguably the most popular hangout for visitors to Bhutan, it is located just next to the traffic circle and is a cozy lounge with free WiFi (you get a free voucher for 2 hours), and good coffee. A variety of fruit shakes and iced tea are also available and the food is healthy as well as nutritious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Drukbounty
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Thimphu District, Bhutan
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dessert
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181 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Thimphu District, Bhutan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Arguably the most popular hangout for visitors to Bhutan, it is located just next to the traffic circle and is a cozy lounge with free WiFi (you get a free voucher for 2 hours), and good coffee. A variety of fruit shakes and iced tea are also available and the food is healthy as well as nutritious. Has fast service... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

As said in the title. Lovely owners, super chilled, free wifi and a healthy and affordable menu. Tip, check out the fresh orange juice, it's the tastiest I had in Bhutan!

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Wodonga, Victoria, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Cheerful service, Wifi, yummy cakes, real coffee, book swaps, good location for other shops in easy walking distance

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Jindabyne
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Ambient is very popular with visitors and locals. Great coffee, good food and nice home made cakes combined with very friendly staff. Very convenient location near the hand signalling policeman roundabout.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is cafe, located in the heart of Thimphu City. Food is mostly vegetarian. Wi-fi is free. , frequented by expatriates in Thimphu. Service and atmosphere is excellent

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Great coffee,great service,outstanding hospitality, a place not to be missed out in Thimpu and a place you can get used to very fast, Letho and his crew is friendly,unassuming,sincere. Food and the desserts are great. And a place for great conversations.....

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Jackson, Wyoming
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Over the course of 11 months working in Bhutan, the Ambient was like a second home. I must have spent well over 40 hours there, to work, to meet people, to have a good lunch or just a coffee. It's cozy, the coffees are great, the food is always fresh and Letho always has his finger on the pulse of... More 

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on the road
Top Contributor
188 reviews 188 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Upstairs off Norzin Lam in Thimphu. Good custom coffee, with a small roastery upstairs. Not a big menu, but the whiteboard behind the pastry counter has specials of the day which are worth trying. Offers a book swop facility. Toilets one flight further up are OK to good for Bhutan. Cold water, toilet paper, and soap when I tried them... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Ambient Cafe is located on Norzin Lam, the second floor of R Penjor's building. Letho and Juno, the owners, are very friendly and so is their little son Jigme. Their drinks are really good, from the coffee to the hot chocolate all the way to the ice tea and the smoothies. You're welcome to sit a few hours and read... More 

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Singapore
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Coffee is good n reasonably priced.Free WiFi for two hours.easy to locate. Great place to chill with nice music and sofa to laze.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Norzin Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Location: Asia  >  Bhutan  >  Thimphu District  >  Thimphu
  • Phone Number: +975 2 325578,

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?