When in the mountains, eat like the mountain people do. But you know, experiencing food in Dharamshala is much more delicious than that. The town has a very strong and a deeply rooted Tibetan heritage. Goes without saying that the Tibetan roots have influenced the cuisine in Dharamshala. Apart from that, Dharamshala becoming a popular tourist destination over the years has also opened up doors for a variety of cuisine.
If you’re a foodie, you don’t have to worry about this mountain town disappointing you. Dharamshala has a good mix of both local and global cuisine which you can try. What’s really great is that you can find everything from vegetarian, non-vegetarian and even vegan food here. Some dishes might seem common, but trying them in Dharamshala is a different experience altogether. So here’s a list of some really mouth-watering dishes you must try!
This is a very traditional Tibetan dish that’s famous here. Thukpa is basically soupy noodles which generally includes meat and some veggies. The noodles are usually springy and the soup can sometimes have a stock-like consistency. Thukpa is really flavourful and is easily available here.
Don’t worry, there are vegetarian variations to Thukpa also. You will most commonly find Chicken, Mutton and Veg Thukpa. Egg & Tofu Thukpa is also fairly common. The dish becomes all the more comforting when you’re up in the cold mountains. It’s definitely a dish worth trying.
You know just as well as us how popular this dish is in India. Then again, eating momos in Dharamshala is not the same as trying it elsewhere. Here you will discover the Tibetan taste of momos. The filling is different but oh my god it’s good! Once again, you will most commonly get Chicken, Mutton & Vegetarian options.
Then there will be variations which include cheese, Paneer and even something like a Spinach Momo Soup. You can also choose between the traditional steamed momos or even the fried ones if that’s what you prefer. From street food stalls to cafes, momos will always be just around the corner for you, in Dharamshala.
One of those non traditional dishes which folks in Dharamshala have absolutely nailed. Just like us, you will be surprised at how amazing Pizzas in Dharamshala can be. Even beyond the famous restaurants like Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen & Nick’s Italian Kitchen, there are multiple places which serve delicious wood fired pizzas. In some cases, you will even get pizzas made in clay ovens. These get a unique earthy flavour which is worth trying.
Dharamshala As a popular tourist destination, Dharamshala attracts travellers from all over the world. Which is why there are so many multi-cuisine restaurants. You will also find Dominoes here but we would recommend you avoid them. Unless of course you are craving something very specific that you can get from Dominoes.
There’s a reason we have added this to the list. Burgers in Dharamshala can be authentic and unusual at the same time. You will find them in fancy restaurants & cafes but also in street food stalls. If you miss burgers, there are definitely a lot of good places to try yummy burgers. But unless it’s a very authentic cafe or restaurant, the burgers can be more like sliders.
Not in terms of the bun. More like what’s between. Seekh Kebab and Sausages burgers are some unusual types of street food burgers here. And then there are some other types also both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. So Burgers in Dharamshala are definitely worth trying, both the regular and unconventional kind.
Aloo Tikki with Pav
This is a famous street food snack in certain parts of India. It’s available in Dharamshala too. We’ve added this to the list simply because this is a quick hot snack that really complements the mountain weather and vibes. Fresh hot potato tikki removed from the frying pan, stuffed between a pav with spicy green chutney and some chaat masala. What’s not to like about this savoury and spicy snack?
This is one of those dishes on the list which is not common in Dharamshala but definitely worth trying. Lung Ta is a famous Japanese restaurant that serves Sushi. The restaurant is a vegetarian place but their Sushi is amazing. There are a couple of other places too if you would prefer the original version with fish in it. You could also try Kimbap in Dharamshala. It’s basically a Korean version of the dish and slightly different.
This one is for those with a sweet tooth. Actually, everyone should try this three layered tasty delight. Bhagsu Cake is a very local and regional dessert that originated in the little village Bhagsu Nag. The cake is made of a layer of chocolate on the top, caramel in the middle and then a layer of crumbly cookies at the bottom. Bhagsu Cake is creamy, buttery and supremely tasty. No matter what, do not miss out on trying this amazing dessert.
There are a number of cafes and bakeries that serve some pretty amazing pancakes. And they are all freshly made. You get all sorts of options too. From maple syrup and honey to chocolate dressed pancakes, you get everything. Even ones topped with fresh fruits. We get that there is nothing unique about pancakes and it’s always available in touristy places. But there’s something amazing about having fluffy and chocolatey pancakes in Dharamshala.
Not the most commonly available item on the list, but one that is worth trying nonetheless. There are a few bakeries and cafes which serve carrot cakes. But they are really good. Most places that offer carrot cake, bake it really well. It’s moist, sweet and has that tinge of spice from cinnamon. Best part is, there are places which make it from freshly plucked carrots from gardens nearby. It’s especially a great companion for your evening coffee.
Like we said earlier, getting good food in Dharamshala is not a problem. And you get all kinds of cuisine that’s native to different countries. The list we shared are purely because they’re either really great in Dharamshala or because they make for an interesting culinary experience. Do you have a particular type of cuisine or dish that you prefer in Dharamshala? Let us know in the comments below.