Unique Food & Drink:
Hans ko choyala is a traditional Nepali dish made of marinated barbecue duck with local herbs and spices. No special occasions are required to eat this dish, and it is readily available throughout the year. You can order it at any local restaurant, but one of my favorites is Nanglo Resturant (Durbar Marg, Kathmandu), one of the oldest bars in the Kathmandu, which sells local drinks and typical Nepali food. It’s clean, has a great atmosphere, and the prices are just right. The service is excellent, and mostly locals visit during evening.
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Special Places & Pastimes:
The Rum Doodle Bar & Restaurant has a nice ambiance, and is a great hangout spot for listening to local and Western music. It’s named after the book The Ascent of Rum Doodle, written by W.E. Bowman—a classic comedy about mountaineering in the Himalayas—and is also known as "40,000 ½ ft. Bar" after the height of the fictional mountain in the book. It’s a popular spot with mountaineers, and visitors to the bar are encouraged to write their names on cardboard yeti footprints and attach them to the bar’s wall—if you look, you can find Sir Edmund Hillary’s name among them.