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Snowman Restaurant

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Freak St | Basantapur, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
If you hate Starbucks you'll love Snowman

Independently run, spooky , weird , dark little cake and coffee shop. Once you get used to the interior, the locals are friendly and chatty and the cakes are quite simply divine. Those who like their Starbucks will hate Snowman. Those who hate Starbucks will adore Snowman. My favourite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
onlyonematclark
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Wuhan
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Wuhan
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Independently run, spooky , weird , dark little cake and coffee shop. Once you get used to the interior, the locals are friendly and chatty and the cakes are quite simply divine. Those who like their Starbucks will hate Snowman. Those who hate Starbucks will adore Snowman. My favourite afternoon hangout in all KTM.

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Thank onlyonematclark
Mountain View, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Some of the best cakes I've ever had, definitely try the chocolate love. The atmosphere is a bit dark, but it makes for a surreal Casino Royale kind of scene.

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Thank Alex B
Kathmandu, Nepal
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

The most amazing pies and cakes! The coconut cake is to die for! While it's a bit for the younger crowd, it's still worth a visit. Even ordered two pies for a recent Thanksgiving get-together that everyone went crazy over. Much better than the over priced selection at the Radisson bakery in my opinion. Just wished they delivered!

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Thank Kim N
Vigo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Apparently this place was big back in the hippy heyday of Kathmandu. Now it's just as good for the munchies. I stumbled across it by accident and if you're not looking for it its easy to miss. Quite a large selection of cakes. I'd recommend the banana chocolate cake or the apple crumble but on a good day you can... More 

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Thank chriiis55
Calgary, Canada
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81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Walking past the pitch-black cafe with the strong stench of cigarettes, it's not the typical place I'd think of stepping inside, much less eating at. Nonetheless I took a chance, and for only 80 rupees the chocolate cake was quite good. Snowman makes for a unique experience after you've spent some time wandering around Durbar Square.

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Thank tch77
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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

When I arrived there it's a really tiny cafe, dark and full of super strong smell of cigarette inside, I even can't breath and stay one second. But I took a long walk to arrive there so I made decision to take a cake away. Nice boss and chocolate brownie (but it's not the best chocolate of this world....I saw... More 

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Thank 27lunay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

Apple curd is deliccciiiious:) Atmosphere is hippie style, the only ting, that smoking is allowed there and it is uncomfortable for non-smokers. Interior is good for photo shooting!:)

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Thank Sabina K
Cape Town, South Africa
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I loved this little cafe. Hidden away in Freak Street, Durbar Square. Its been open since 1965 and passed from father to son. They serve great coffee and cake and the gloomyness inside is exceeded by the interesting people your sure to meet there. Locals, travellers who forgot to leave Kathmandu and newbies looking for the real flavour of KTM.

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Thank JofromWorld
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

It's dark, smoky and packed with local students - I doubt it has seen a lick of paint since 1980.But if you fancy apple pie it's the best in Freak Street.

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Thank Andy T
malta
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Snowman cafe is almost an institution - it has been around forever and many hippies ate their cakes there in the heyday of Kathmandu...there dont seem to be many hippies anymore but the cakes are still very good - the place was a little dingy and dark but that adds to its charm....it seems determined to resist change....

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  • Address: Freak St | Basantapur, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Location: Asia  >  Nepal  >  Central Region  >  Bagmati Zone  >  Kathmandu Valley  >  Kathmandu

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