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Reviewed October 13, 2019

I came to Kar.ma in order to work on my laptop. The venue is big and beautiful and at first glance, it seems like an ideal and relaxing environment for my ends. I ordered a lime soda and espresso. Although the place was not busy...at all it took 20 min until I got the lime soda. Then I realized they forgot about my espresso. It took another 15-20 min until I got my espresso. I asked for the bill as I notice that everything takes time and I was supposed to be somewhere in 40 min time. The waitress said ok but nothing happened for the next 15 min. Only when I saw that someone paying at the register I realized that I should pay at the register. Although the waitress spoked English, she didn’t say anything about it... The espresso was ok. However, the Rhino Coffee and the Himalayan Java Coffee Serve better coffee!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed July 23, 2019

Our group took a cooking class here and learn how to make momos. They. We’re delicious! However mine looked nothing like a memo as a need much more practice! The coffee was also great and the cafe had plenty of space for work or leisure.

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed April 29, 2019 via mobile

Great place to sit outside and get some work done. Or just have a coffee and catch up with a girlfriend. Coffee is amazing and so is the food. This place is in a building where loads of things are happening, cultural and sport wise....Go and check it out! I promise you’ll love it!More

Date of visit: April 2019
KarmaCoffee, Inhaber at kar.ma COFFEE, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2019

thanks for that lovely review. glad you love it :-)

Reviewed April 12, 2019 via mobile

Have searched for a place like this. Beautiful environment with conscious mindful business. Coffee is great, and also all the displayed local artisan purchasable goods. I jeep bringing my friends over here since they have good wifi and it is a suitable place to work...as well. The only thing is missing is a restroom. You have to go down and up in the parking lot to find it. Anyways, it is a highly recommended cafe shop in Kathamndu!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 22, 2019 via mobile

I visited this cafe with a couple of friends and have since returned alone to enjoy this peaceful cafe. Recommended to go in the daytime if you want total peace as it gets busy after work. I ordered a masala tea and was tempted by...the freshly made green salad and yoghurt muesli. The relaxed decor was charming and included lampshades made from coffee filters. There were coffee paraphernalia for sale such as coffee pots, mugs, soap made from coffee beans and also delightful tea sets. The wooden chopping boards were inexpensive as were the small boxes of fragrant incense sticks that I bought as a gift, the attention to detail caught my eye as the plain brown box had a raffia tie with a metal label with kar.ma cafe on it. The whole cafe has been designed thoughtfully with coffee at it's heart .The cafe is situated on the 2nd floor of a building that overlooks a courtyard and also houses an indoor bouldering/climbing wall, a yoga studio and a jazz musicians recording studio. I would recommend spending a couple of hours sitting in the shade on one of its balconies sipping a hot drink relaxing.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

A great place for a delicious pour over coffee and some breakfast snacks. In a nice quiet location it is the perfect place to escape the chaos of Kathmandu’s busy streets! Pour over coffee is ‘pay what you feel’ and trust me, you will love...it!More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

This is my 2nd time in this kar.ma COFFEE jhamsikhel lalitpur, same great test of coffee.. and ofcours this time trying pancakes and this is perfect. i will definitely recommend for this place for coffee special & cakes also staff is very friendly..!

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

We came here many times on our stay in Kathmandu. It allowed us an escape from the busy streets and has a very relaxed and chilled atmosphere. We also love coffee and struggled to find a good coffee anywhere, so this is an absolute gold...mine if you love coffee and a chill out!More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Very nice relaxt coffee place with hangout spots, music, gift shop, various type of food and snacks and... most important... Really good coffee! Nice to see that you can escape the busy dusty streets and relax in a place with real atmosphere :) Prices for...food are really fair and for the coffee you pay what you think it's worth.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

This coffee shop is amazing! It has such a chill relaxed vibe. The food is super healthy and cheap and great coffee you pay as you feel. Love everything they stand for here.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Fantastic coffee, chai and atmosphere, and such lovely staff. Also wonderful merchandise for sale, including rice paper agendas and pottery. The setting is also great, in a buzzing courtyard next to yoga, fitness and arts centre. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

It's a place where I feel myself at home. Very pleasant staff and interesting menu. You need to read the "kar.ma coffee" book to get in touch with the history of this place and to discover how and where all the ceramic pots are made,...how everything related to coffee is handmade. The organic coffee beans are provided by local farms located over 1000m altitude. I already spend a couple of hours here chilling out from the perpetual Thamel rush. You can buy from here coffee related stuff, even soap and candles made from grounded coffee.More

Date of visit: October 2018
KarmaCoffee, Manager at kar.ma COFFEE, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thanks for your great feedback Vali. We are happy that you like the story, the products and the place. Its fun to work with great customers like you :-).

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for the best coffee in town just head to Kar.ma Coffee. It’s amazing and the coffee soap and honey they have are also absolutely beautiful!! This is a must visit if you are in Ktm!! The coffee is only rs.100 a...cup and we also tried their oatmeal chocochip cookies, lovely combination!!More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed November 27, 2017

Almost the whole cafe sprawls across a long terrace on the second floor of the complex where this cafe is located. There are indoor seatings, but because the winter in Kathmandu valley is mostly mild and sunny I decided to sit outside and bask in...the pleasant morning sun that hits the outdoor seating area. It's a really pretty place in a quieter side of Jamsikhel. The meticulously arranged seatings and the overall decor of the cafe is very inviting. The tables and the decoration that sits of those tables are clean, and so are the chairs, the floor, the utensils (you got the point!). I think the staff have a hard time striking the balance between being professional and laidback. Here's my experience: On my first visit when I made it to the second floor I saw a lady perching out of the balcony. I went inside the cafe and having seen no one came right back out. Then, I asked the lady whom I had seen earlier if she worked there. She smiled and replied affirmatively. So I told her that it was my first time there and she immediately pointed towards the menu board. She did not recommend anything. No worries, I thought to myself. Right before I ordered another staff member had entered and so the two had started to engage in a lengthy conversation. So, finally after catching the lady's attention I ordered a cup of drip coffee ( which was ok) and asked her how and where I should pay. She said pay here and I could sit anywhere I would like (inside or outside). Then, they started engaging in, I am guessing, an important conversation. The trinkets that were on display caught my attention and started looking at them. I was really impressed by what they had on display so I hurriedly asked the servers (now there were two of them) if they were on sale and exclaimed how beautiful they were in Nepalese. [So, here is the thing I haven't lived in Nepal for 20 (I'm 28, almost) years, so having lived in the West for so long my Nepalese accent is a bit blah.] Immediately after I asked them those questions, a burst of laughter cracked. Now I am not sure if that was directed towards me or they were laughing at whatever they were talking to each other about. I felt embarrassed, nonetheless. After a minute or so, the other lady jumped and told me that they were all on sale. I thanked her for her response. Then I asked the lady who took my order if I can pay (again). Now she was sitting down and replied that I could. At this point I was a bit annoyed because of what had transpired and I wasn't particularly sure where to pay, so I looked at her straight and said "so can I pay now." Anyway, I don't think she got my point. I paid and got myself a table. That same lady brought the coffee to my table. I thanked her. I sent out an email (they have free wi-fi, yippie!) and left. In retrospect, I really think this was all a big misunderstanding, and I sure hope that they were not laughing at me. I am saying that this was all a big misunderstanding because don't think anyone can be that rude, especially not Nepalese people. But, I don't see how I can go back to this otherwise nice place.More

Date of visit: November 2017
KarmaCoffee, Inhaber at kar.ma COFFEE, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

Dear friend, thank you for your valuable feedback. I am foreigner myself and can totally understand your confusion about the reaction of my staff. I like to reassure you that they would never laugh about you and especially not because you speak in Nepali. The...More

Reviewed November 24, 2017

the 'interiour' (the cafe is on a balcony) is very stylish. it is a good place to spend some time, relax and enjoy good coffee and sweets.

Date of visit: November 2017
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5