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“Darjeeling Attractions: Mountaineering Institute, Tiger Hill, Zoo, Hot Stimulation...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hot Stimulating Cafe

Hot Stimulating Cafe
Jawahar Road West | Richmond Hill, Darjeeling 734101, India
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Ranked #11 of 88 Restaurants in Darjeeling
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast
Kathmandu, Nepal
2 reviews
“Darjeeling Attractions: Mountaineering Institute, Tiger Hill, Zoo, Hot Stimulation...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Hot Stimulating Cafe was our pit-stop on the long walk back from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Darjeeling Zoo. Rumba, the proprietor, is super-friendly and extremely articulate (if any part of Darjeeling history, culture, geography, or politics is confusing you, he can straighten things out; not to mention the usual questions: ATMs, currency exchange, sites, etc.). Try his veggie momos, both steamed and fried: no regrets.

The view rocks, the egg tree is an unexpected plus, and be sure to sign his guestbook before leaving (take a look at the older ones he keeps, too: they're fascinating). Great taste in music.

Don't leave Darjeeling without stopping by.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rothesay, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great and unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

This spot was a real treat. Just so different from everywhere else in Darjeeling. Had momos, tea, and listened to some Western music. A nice surprise for sure.

Visited December 2011
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Berlin, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“passed the best times already”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

suggested by lonely planet and on our way to the zoo we tried and were only half satisfied. friendly guy and the momos were nice, even if not the best i tried. but as a place special for momos i expected more. evrything was old and misty, as is india in general and it looked as time stopped since the review in lonely planet. nice balkony to sit outside but nothing more than average.

Visited November 2011
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great place to rest and relax without any hassle.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011

The food is good. The service awesome. The atmosphere is perfect, rustic, charm.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best cafe in India!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

We stumbled upon the Hot Stimulating Cafe when walking to the Zoo, stopped in for a cup of tea and ended up staying for a few hours! They have a great view from outside, had awesome music playing (the Doors and Bob Dylan) and have lovely service. We ended up coming back the next 2 days for food and they definitley have the best momos ever! so yum! if youre in Darjeeling you must stop here at some point. Ask for the guest book too :)

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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