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Freak St | Basantapur, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea

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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
Great Hangout in Durbar Square

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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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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malta
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 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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Sheffield
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54 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This place might not look like much but it's very special! The chocolate cake is AMAZING, even if the power is off (which it usually is!) take a seat in the downstairs of this tiny cafe. Part of the original hippy trail from the 60s, this restaurant is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of Freak Street and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This place has fabulous cakes, home made style. Dark chocolate was delicous. I also had fresh peach juice and it was very tasty. Prices are reasonable and owner very friendly!

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The place serves great pastries.One of the very best in the town. And,the place gives a kind of "hippie era" feel. Always a pick when you are craving for cakes,and need some time out for yourself!

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Delicious!! One of the greatest place you have to experience. Their bakes are really awesome. Mural on the walls add great ambiance to the place.

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Phuket, Thailand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

The snowmans cakes are amazing. Went there looking for a slice of cake to celebrate a birthday while in Khatmandu. Tried Chocolate Love, coconut dream and double chocolate, all were just great! Power goes off occassionally, and dont use the restroom!

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Yangon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

After Durbar Square, Snowman's is great to grab a tea/coffee and a slice (or two, if you can manage it) to replenish your energy reserves. The slices are huge and a fair price. Chocolate, Chocolate-Banana, Mocha cake, Coconut cake, Carrot cake, plus a few others, conspire to create the classic cake dilemma of which one to have. They all look... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

After an exhaustive walk around Durbar Square in Kathmandu, seeing the Living Goddess and the personal effects of 3 generations of Nepali monarchs, you need a sit-down, a drink and a debrief. This place is great for that. Nearby, on Freak Street, it's tucked away but still easy to get to. The atmosphere is a bit grungy, dark, a bit... More 

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

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