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Cafe Swotha

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Narayan Temple | Swotha Tole, Patan (Lalitpur) 44700, Nepal
+977 1-5551184
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe Swotha is just at the edge of Patan Durbar Square. I walked in, was seated, and handed the menu, and looked through it while the waiter adjusted the radiant heater. It's a meager menu. I liked the looks of the Nepali thali except for the dessert, which was yogurt. I asked if I could substitute a dessert from their... More 

Thank Paul K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Swotha is beautiful, the food is exceptional, and the staff incredibly kind. The not-so-English Breakfast and pita-stuffed chicken sandwich are favorites, the specials are also reliably good. Pricey for the area but well worth the money for a meal (if you need a break from Nepali cuisine) and comes with some of the strongest and most reliable wifi around.

Thank Ashley T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

Spent a day in Patan and found Cafe Swotha tucked away at the end of an alleyway. It's a classical Western cafe with a chilled out feel. Service was very prompt, and the penne i ordered was el dente, just as good as any fancy Italian eateries back home in Sydney. It's more expensive than local cafes with smaller portions,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

We were taken right away by the very cozy and modern ambience. Spent Christmas and New Years Eve in Patan and Cafe Swotha became our holiday home away from home. It's upscale for the area, so a little pricier than some, but fair and really worth it. Everything we tried was outstanding- esp the quiche, soup of the day- pumpkin... More 

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Had a pleasant dinner with my wife. The food is really nice. Highly recommended. The cafe itself is a renovated old style Newari house, which gives you an authentic Experience

Thank wondererlust
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

After staying in India for a long time I was delighted to come here and order a steak, and they even asked how I wanted it cooked and delivered what I asked! The dark chocolate mousse is a must for dessert. Their wine is well-kept so it tastes as it should, and the margaritas are 👌🏿. Highly recommend this place.

Thank EvaFrances
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

You can not go to Kathmandu and not come to eat to this place. Is just the best food I had in Nepal even if I been many times. Back at home in Barcelona I am still missing their food and service.

Thank SwKali
Long Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Enjoyed this restful cafe almost everyday during my 9 day visit to Patan. Food was good with lots of menu options. Service was excellent.

Thank Elizabeth L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We came here on the first day of our trip, and decided to have our last meal in Nepal here as well on our last day. Their Nepalese meal, the Nepali Thali was the only local dish on the menu, but also one of the best Nepalese meal i've had. Service was great - fast and english-speaking staff, and location... More 

Thank vonnt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Came here twice during my short stay in Patan. Service was good and fast and the ambience was great. The food is pretty good although they only have 1 nepalese dish on the menu with the rest are all western and middle eastern choices. Definitely come by for the ambience and the local dish -

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $20
Cafe, Nepali, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Narayan Temple | Swotha Tole, Patan (Lalitpur) 44700, Nepal
  • Location: Asia  >  Nepal  >  Central Region  >  Bagmati Zone  >  Kathmandu Valley  >  Patan (Lalitpur)
  • Phone Number: +977 1-5551184
Café Swotha is the restaurant of our now famous Boutique guest-house "Traditional Homes- Swotha". A quiet and peaceful oasis in the heart of historical Patan, just behind Durbar Square.Fresh and organic food from the daily market, small fixed menu and revolving blackboard menu where our Chef flexes his creative muscles. Café Swotha welcomes you for All-day breakfasts, lunch, tea break (try the most famous cheese cake in town!), and dinner. From 7am to 9pm- Free WIFI

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