Dharamsala

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main square, mcleod ganj

Popular hangout with both westerners, locals and holidaying Punjabis. Has the only dance floor in the area. Both Indian and western tunes are played until 1AM. The only nightclub in the region.

Common Ground Cafe
Sewarg Ashram Rd (Tushita Rd)
+91 98 1627 3240
1 minute uphill from the main bus stand

This is a gathering point for the local community and visitors to share Taiwanese, Chinese and Tibetan cuisine. Also an events venue, providing a platform for a community-based common ground for learning and exchange. A non-profit business venture which helps generates a sustainable source of income for Common Grounds Project, and vocational training and employment opportunities for a small group of Tibetans in the Dharamsala exile community where unemployment runs high.

Cafe Boom Boom the Fifth
Jogibara
+91 98 1603 2208
mid range
8AM-10PM
halfway to te Tibetan Library
Café Budan
Hotel Himalayan Paradise complex, Jogibara Rd
Rs 50~120
15 min walk from McLeodganj's main square of chowk

Under the same management as moon•peak espresso; Indian owners with Tibetan staff. Good breakfast options The place looks like a converted garage. Free wifi.closed

moon•peak espresso
Temple Rd
Rs 50~120
7AM-8PM
10 min walk from McLeodganj's main square of chowk

Coffee for Rs 40~70, while it is possible to find better coffee in McLeodganj this is nevertheless a very pleasant café to visit. All-Tibetan staff and Indian owners. Good, if smallish, sandwiches and several breakfast items. Teas, including herbal; Rs 50~60). This is one of the very few places in McLeodganj with free and really functional WiFi. A notice printed within the menu uncharacteristically enjoins the patron to "please order a few things" if "you are going to sit on the net for a while".

Heart Rock Cafe
Post Office Jogi Bada Rd, McLeod Ganj
Thea 10 Rs
10AM-11PM
down Jogi Bada Rd, about 10 min walk from the bus stand

There are better decorated places, but not as pure as this place. On the walls there are pictures of Kali, Jesus and some Sikh Guru's. Here religion is second to human rights. Being tucked away a bit you might almost miss it. In the afternoon you might encounter local workers sipping away some thea at lunch. Alcohol is not served, it is a place to relax, not to get drunk. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served here.

Refill your waterbottle with filtered-water

Many water-filtering stations to refill your bottle are available in the town: lha at temple rd, environmental education centre at bhasgu rd and dogga-centre at jogibara rd. some restaurants, including nick's and green hotel also offer filtered water refills for a charge rs 5, but green hotel asks for rs 10.

Cafe Illiterati
Lower Jogibara Road
On the way to the Library

Absolutely fantastic view and very good menu. One can sit, relax, read a book or play carom or piano!!! Perfect.

Mandala Cafe
Temple Rd
Few walks from Main Square or Temple

Tibetan Mandala Cafe is a long time travellers' favourite cafe; a family run business has been offering the best breakfasts in town with freshly blended arabic coffee, with a wide range of leaf teas, fresh juices, shakes, iced teas and cakes. Has an open kitchen, clean cafe, all drinks and salad served and washed with filtered water. Also lunch and dinner including pizza, lasagne, noodles, rice and Tibetan food. High speed FREE Wi-Fi