After six months living in Kathmandu, I found this place hidden in Thamel Square (50m south of Namaste Supermarket on Ganeshman road). After one brunch here, it instantly became my favourite KTM hang out: I give the place high marks for music selection, atmosphere, totally charming staff and food miles above the quality you'd expect in Thamel.
The cliental is a mix of chatty French expats and hip locals. It's a little hard to find the place, but so worth it, because you really feel like you've escaped the tourist scene and Thamel hustle once here. The place is very chill during the day and livens up during the evening, with Friday and Saturday bringing a significant crowd.
Phat Kat is majority balcony space with a cosy, communal feeling. The inside area is a pillowed lounge with an entire wall covered by a genius local artist's mural. The menu is French serving authentic crepes, some seriously delicious 'Nepali-fusion' items and (yes, I finally found it!) a proper cup of coffee. I would suggest the Nepali galette or the stuffed chicken for something more substantive. Happy hour starts early (3pm) here which is perfect as the bar is well stocked with real Scotch and, true to its French origins, they even have Richards.
So there you have it, I let you in on my little secret...you lucky ducks, you....
Happy travels & Namaste!
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