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Some cafes in Manali are good and some are bad. But there are some extraordinary ones too. So check out this list of Top 10 best places to eat in Manali.

Manali, a paradise tucked in between Lush Pine trees and Beas River is one of the famous Himalayan Hill station both for foreign nationals and also for newly-wed Indian couples. For a long time, Manali has been visited by a lot of tourists in search of Nirvana, peace and scenic views. Trekking enthusiast comes here for the plethora of trekking options which it provides. Adventure junkies visit this place due to its enormous number of adventure activities. Plus being just an overnight drive from New Delhi, you will also find a lot of weekend travelers. Not only that, Manali is also famous for its scenic beauty which attracts a lot of couples from different regions of India and world. So Manali is a place which serves you everything from backpackers, solo travelers, Yoga enthusiasts, Honeymoon couples, weekend travelers, trekking enthusiasts and so on.

And to cater this enormous and vivid kind of age groups and travelers, Manali has a huge list of restaurants and cafes. Menus which include

New Manali and Mall Road is famous for North Indian , South Indian and other Indian cuisines. Whereas Old Manali which is just a 15mins. walking distance from New Manali is known for its Israeli cuisines and European cuisines and beautiful cafes. Plus in this region of India, you might get a lot of German Bakeries too. So in regards of options, it can be termed as one of the best hill stations of India.

But do keep in mind; trying out everything thing might not be good idea as it would take a lot of time. Plus all these Manali cafes and restaurants are not that good too. Yet there are some lip-smacking ones, which I would surely suggest you to try. With the help of this blog, I would share with you a list of the Best places to eat in Manali.

Top 10Best Places To Eat In Manali

Café 1947 Manali

Café 1947 Manali

In the 10th best places to eat in Manali list is Café 1947 located in Old Manali. Located just at the beginning of Old Manali as soon as you cross the small bridge of Old Manali on your left hand side is Café 1947 celebrating the philosophy of freedom. Famous for its interiors and Italian dishes like Risottos, Pizzas, Bruschettas and Paninis this quaint restaurant has its own charm which would take you to a different place. Have a beer pint on their outdoor veranda seating and you would feel the cold breeze coming from the River flowing just beside you. This pub cum café is popular among locals for its Italian dishes which are prepared from home made cheese and spices and for live music.

Address: Old Manali, Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Pub cum Cafe

Cuisine: Italian

Meal For Two: 1000INR

Specialty: Pizza, Pesto and Cheese Bruschetta

Author’s Ratings: 3 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page:  Cafe1947

Contact No: 09418711947


The Lazy Dog Manali

The Lazy Dog Manali

Undoubtedly one of the most popular and one of the most finest places to visit in Manali. With having one of the best outdoor seating arrangements you can order yourself a beer pint with a baked Trout fish and listen to the chirping of birds and gushing waters.

What more should anyone want?

The Lazy Dog café has been started by Mr. Gopal Kaushik once a famous journalist turned restaurateur from Delhi. With an excellent location, good food, awesome interiors, friendly staff and live music it would make you fall in love with this place.

Address: Manu Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Outdoor Cafe

Cuisine: Continental and Himachali Dishes

Meal For Two: 800 INR

Specialty: Grilled Trout Fish and Chicken Schnitzel

Author’s Ratings: 3.5 out of 5  (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: The Lazy Dog

Contact No: 01902 254 277


Rose Garden Manali

rose garden Manali

Rose Garden Restaurant in Manali is a fine dining restaurant which is famous for its Italian cuisine. So anyone looking for Pizzas or Pastas or any delicious Italian food, I would suggest you to go for Rose Garden Restaurant. It is located in Vashisht, Manali with an inner dining area and an open garden café. This restaurant also features a live kitchen in its garden.

Rose Garden is known for its Pizzas, Panini, Focaccia, Breads and Desserts. This fine dining restaurant is one of the best places in Manali to savour authentic Italian delicacies. Using fresh and organic herbs and ingredients add a zing in their dishes. The décor and the environment of this restaurant is also very nicely done and well suited with the cuisine it provides. You will feel at peace as soon as you step in.

Address: Vashisht, Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Fine Dining and Open Garden Cafe

Cuisine: Italian

Meal For Two: 1000INR

Specialty: Pizzas, Panini, Focaccia, Breads and Desserts

Author’s Ratings: 4 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: Rose Garden Manali

Contact No: 01902253417



JohnsonsCafe Manali

Johnsons Café Manali

If you are looking for something fishy then Johnsons Café is the place you should visit. From Smoked Trout Fish to Local Manali Thali to Pizzas and Pastas this café serves you everything.  But Johnsons Café is mostly known for its local delicacies and flavors. Bonfire during cold and chilly Manali nights, an open terrace garden, and live music ranging from Hard rock to trance during weekends it has its all to make your weekends more lively and memorable.

With the option of sitting outside, they also provide Beer, Liquor, Cocktails, Mocktails and free “Chakhna”. Perhaps the only café in Manali which gives you free Chakhna with liquor orders. But don’t fill up your bellies with chakhna only as dishes like Smoked Trout fish and Rosemary Chicken might make you lick your fingers. And after a belly full of divine food who doesn’t look out for a homemade chocolate and ice cream for dessert?

And Johnsons Café’s beautiful garden, free and spacious open seating, beautiful flowers and wooden colored furnitures would make you forget everything. Trust me

Address: Circuit House Road, Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Open Garden Cafe

Cuisine: Himachali and Local Dishes

Meal For Two: 1200INR

Specialty: Smoked Trout Fish, Egyptian Sengari Trout Fish, Rosemary Chicken and Himachali Thali

Author’s Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: Johnsons Café Manali

Contact No:  09816073023, 9736152807



Martins Manali

Martins Manali

Martins in Manali has been named over Mr. Martin who is the owner of this café. Mr. Martin is an Austrian national and run this café cum restaurant with his family. But do keep in mind, that Martins only open up on Sundays and that too for Lunch. So if you are in Manali or planning to visit Manali on a Sunday afternoon and looking for a good lunch then Martins is the place to go for. Disappointing food and service is not on the list of this family owned and run restaurant. Trust me.

Being a backpacker, whenever I am in Manali And that too on Sunday I always visit this small little foodie’s hamlet for my lunch. Famous for its home-made Himachali delicacies cooked and prepared by her wife like grilled chicken and Smoked Trouts and Europen cuisines like Pizza and all.

Being a family run restaurant here you can’t just enter and expect your food to be ready. Martins has created a huge following and people book their seats in advance just to have their signature dish Chicken and Chips. So better pre-book your seats first by calling up on this number -9318813819. Even Bollywood actors like Salman Khan and politicians like Omar Abdullah, Capt. Amarinder Singh do pay a regular visit when in Manali.

With its location in Sports club you may also try your hands with a game of lawn bowls with the family.

Address: Village Shanag S.P.O. Bahang Distt Kullu Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Open Garden Restaurant

Cuisine: Himachali Dishes

Meal For Two: 1000INR

Specialty: Grilled Chicken and Smoked Trouts

Author’s Ratings: 4 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: Martins Manali

Contact No: 09318813819



La Plage Manali

La Plage Manali

Just like it’s French name La Plage Manali is famous for its French Cuisines and scenic views of Himalayas. Located in Old Manali and just 1km from Club House Manali. This places is owned and run by Shivani Bhullar and her French partner. There is a saying that in mountains you can never guess the weather and keeping it in mind this French cafe has both furnished indoor seating and a beautiful outdoor one too.

If you are ok for a steep climb then expect a breezy outdoor seating with a beautiful garden, a trendy bar counter and captivating views and a great food to match. Nestled between apple orchards and offering a grand view of Manali and the valley, it has been one of sought after cafes to dine for.  Famous for its lamb dishes, mutton cutlets and chicken dishes. And the best part is their Chocolate Thali… Sounds interesting? Tastes intriguing too


Address: Club House Road, Old Manali Village, Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Fine Dining and Open Garden Restaurant

Cuisine: French Cuisine

Meal For Two: 800INR

Specialty: Overnight Cooked Lamb, Mutton Cutlets, Beetroot Dip and Chocolate Thali

Author’s Ratings: 4 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: La Plage Manali

Contact No: 09805340977



Casa Bella Vista Café Manali

Casa Belle Vista Café Manali

Casa Bella Vista Café, a Spanish vegetarian restaurant a delight for vegetarians. Being a Spanish restaurant it also serves amazing Pizzas. Forget all your worries and take your chair in this small little hamlet tucked between thick pine woods jungle. Wood fired oven under clear blue-skies, watching your thin crust Pizza being baked is an amazing moment. The best part is their home made cheese which they source it from a local farm.

Address: Log Huts Road, Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Fine Dining and Open Garden Restaurant

Cuisine: Spanish and Italian

Meal For Two: 800INR

Specialty: Pizza

Author’s Ratings: 4 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: Casa Bella Vista Cafe

Contact No: 098154 44488



Drifters Café Manali

Drifters Café Manali

When at Drifters Café think big. I guess they must follow this quote “Bigger is better”.  Feeling dizzy then visit Drifters Café for one of their heavy breakfast. A great restaurant to start the day an uphill climb, a beautiful terrace café, soak up the morning sun and have a bite of your breakfast staples.

Dishes like Eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, waffles and pancakes with extra maple syrup would surely lift you up from your gloomiest of days. Trust me. Plus their lower seating arrangement, music and board games would never let you feeling bored.

Address: Manu Temple Road, Old Manali, (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Fine Dining

Cuisine: Indian, Continental And Italian

Meal For Two: 800INR

Author’s Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: Drifters Cafe

Contact No: 09805033127



Chopsticks Manali

Chopsticks Manali

Being in Manali, you cannot miss Mall Road. It’s like the Times Square of Manali, full of hustle-bustle, a shopping paradise and a place to go out dining. So if you feeling starved and would love to have some Chinese or Tibetan food then Chopsticks is the place to go for. As soon as you enter this restaurant, you would feel like entering a Tibetan restaurant. Being famous for its Tibetan and Chinese food, it also serves some Japanese Dishes.

Address: Mall Road, Manali, (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Fine Dining

Cuisine: Chinese and Tibetan

Meal For Two: 800INR

Specialty: Sha-baley, Gyakok, Mijutaki and Hooku Soup

Author’s Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: Chopsticks


Oven In The Garden Manali

Oven In The Garden Manali

Now, in the first position of the best places to eat in Manali list is “Oven In The Garden”. Famous for its Pizzas and other Italian dishes and it serves to those travelers who heads for Rohtang Pass or beyond. Who doesn’t want to have a good food before starting a tiring trip? If you are planning to visit this place, then I would suggest you to go for Saturday during lunch as that’s when they cook their famous Lamb Roast with a tangy beetroot puree.

Address: Leh-Manali Highway, Manali, (Himachal Pradesh)

Dine Type: Open Garden Restaurant

Cuisine: Italian

Meal For Two: 500INR

Specialty: Pizza and Roast with a tangy beetroot puree

Author’s Ratings: 4 out of 5 (Tripadvisor’s Link)

Facebook Page: Oven In The Garden


So this was my list of top 10 best places to eat in Manali. I wouldn’t rank this restaurants and cafes as everyone has their own tastes for food. Some of you love to have Chinese cuisine, some French and some Continental. So it’s up to you, what you want to go for.

By the way, I would also suggest you to have “Siddu” which is a local Himachali dish.


I am not sure whether you would find it in any cafes or restaurants as I tried it earlier and wasn’t successful. This delicacy is primarily prepared by Himachali people during any occasion. Mostly, I have seen Himachal ladies selling it in small street shops or street corners. If you don’t find it then the best possible way is to ask locals about it.

Hope you liked this list which I have made from my travel experience and reviewing other travellers and blogs.

If you want to add more eateries or want to edit something … you may mention that in the comment section.

I would love to hear from you guys.


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