So, about 2010 I wandered into Nepal for the first time and, as with many first time travel experiences, the places you go tend to stick with you and become favourites and on the first morning in Kathmandu our first stop for coffee and breakfast was the Chikusa Cafe.
Since 2010 I’ve been back to Nepal many times, often several times a year when possible and I always make my way to the cafe for coffee and breakfast and to catch up with the guys who work there. Suresh and the lads run a busy little shop.
Tips? Sit in the front of the restaurant, it’s more lively and sit at the counter if you’re travelling solo. Have the local yogurt, it’ll help get your digestive system in order for Nepal. Definitely have the coffee, but they make a mean lemon-ginger tea if that’s your preference.
As for any western ideals you’ve brought with you to Nepal, lose them. Honestly, leave them at home. Restaurants in Nepal aren’t going to live up to Canadian or French standards and if you insist on looking at the world that way then you will doubtless be disappointed.
Chikusa is a tiny oasis of coffee and banana pancakes; here’s a tip - avoid processed meats when travelling anywhere you go - and suddenly life gets less uppity. The cafe os my first stop on day one when I arrive for a reason - it’s welcoming, warm, the coffee is good and the people are friendly.
There are a lot of places to get coffee in Kathmandu now, but none is quite like Chikusa; they’re missing the sense of place and that aura of the familiar. Do yourself a huge favour, stop in for a coffee, take a deep breath and order some banana pancakes. You won’t be sorry.
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