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Ambient Cafe

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Norzin Lam | Opp. Druk PNB Bank, Thimphu 11001, Bhutan
+975 17 11 66 61
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Fri - Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Melbourne
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place to drop into for a coffee and a snack, always interesting people, good service, good selection of food and probably the best coffee in Thimphu.

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Thank Barb_GMelbourne
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stumbled upon this place on my morning walk and it was such a delight. I met this young international child who was with her parents drawing on my table and we shared breakfast together. Her family is now local and she also speaks zonka. It was a great place to meet interesting people and good place too.

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Thank Jennifer C
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After wandering around various towns and cities of Bhutan and experiencing the local cuisines I was looking for a good American breakfast. I came across this cafe in Norzin Lam which seemed to be quite cool as soon as we entered in. As the name suggests the cafe is ambient and quite relaxing. It is a typical cafe which boasts... More 

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Thank Nishant s
Thimphu, Bhutan
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great ambience, friendly owners, good books and great coffee! Perhaps the best best 'Americano' in town.

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Thank tenzin_littlebhutan
Thimphu, Bhutan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was last Thursday when i took my guest to the cafe for a light meal. The team are very excellent communicator and treat their customer in the very best they could. More over the meals served at worth the price, they are very tasty and as expected.

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Thank Nim D
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a real joy to have proper roasted coffee again after 3 weeks of instant coffee! We visited here 3 times in 2 days during a guide-free weekend in Thimpu and, although we loved the local food, it was great to have a couple of more familar meals for a change. The owners and staff are kind and attentive.... More 

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Ennetbaden, Switzerland
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120 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After 3 days of horrible Nescafe - we absolutely needed REAL 100% Coffee, and Ambient did not disappoint or let us down. So glad a few real coffee places have arrived to fulfil a much thirsty tourist crowd in need of their fix. Thank You

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Thank JC505
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had read very good reviews of this restaurant on trip advisor so specially went to visit it. But I was horrified by the bad food served. The veg thali was not edible Only the cappuccino was ok

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Thank RAJ B
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just go. Mandatory in Thimphu. AND the best Wi-Fi with individually logged access codes for those who haven't given up on security. Coffee is unbeatable. Any cakes that look healthy are religiously tasteless; go for the chocolate and swoon.

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Thank mestres2016
Branford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

There are many cafes in Thimphu - Karma coffee has great expresso, Central Cafe has great pastries and Coffee Culture is renowned for its cheese cake. But the crowning jewel of the cafe scene is Ambient. Cozy chairs with soft lighting (all-too rare in much of Bhutan), fantastic tea perfectly brewed, excellent cold brews. The husband and wife team who... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Cash Only, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Norzin Lam | Opp. Druk PNB Bank, Thimphu 11001, Bhutan
  • Location: Asia  >  Bhutan  >  Thimphu District  >  Thimphu
  • Phone Number: +975 17 11 66 61

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?