Common Ground Cafe
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.
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
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.
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