Hi Jinks (Druk Hotel, Wogzin Lam, Clock Tower Square, Thimphu) — Druk Hotel’s on-site bar is a dimly-lit space that has a lot of character. Early arrivals might be able to score one of the incredibly inviting armchairs by the bar, and proceed to indulge in a drink a two (the drink list features a selection of cocktails and wines).
Club Ace (Phenday Lam, Thimphu) — if you love to dance at nightclubs than this is the best place for you to put your dancing shoes on my friend. Once known as the “Big Bang Club”, Club Ace is one of the most famous nightclubs in Thimphu which is full of energy along with a dancing atmosphere. Electronic music, beautiful lighting and youthful atmosphere are the major points of attraction in Club Ace. Locals, as well as tourists, love to visit here when they are in the town. Club Ace is the perfect place for parties and get-togethers.
Benez Bar (Jangchhub Lam, Thimphu) – located on the top floor of one of Thimphu’s modern buildings, the mature above-25 crowd comes here for the views, international food options, and drinks. Prominent locals have been known to frequent this bar.
Zombala (Phenday Lam, Hong Kong Market, Thimphu) — located in the middle of the market is the perfect place to charge your batteries after strolling out the markets of Thimphu. The place serves mouth-watering momos, the Ema Datshi with ingredients like mushrooms and chicken. The food is reasonably priced and there’s also an in-house-bar.
Hotel Ghasel (Hotel Ghasel, Nordzin Lam, Thimphu) – opened in 1997, this hotel is located by a popular local landmark (the Clock Tower Square). This was the first vegetarian restaurant that opened in the capital and serves both Bhutanese and Indian dishes, such as the vegetarian thali (a selection of small dishes, including rice and chutney), and masala dosa (a pancake made from rice batter, black lentils and a spicy potato stuffing).
Swiss Guest House (Kharsumphe, Jakar, Chokor, Bumthang) – this restaurant got its name from the 1970s, when this location was frequented by Swiss nationals who were in the country working for Bhutan’s Dairy and Forest Project. This guest house is run by a Swiss-trained cheese maker, and (to no surprise) Swiss dishes are offered here, such as fondue, raclette, bratwurst, and zuri gschatzels (diced veal with mushrooms & cream).
Sonam Trophel (Paro Tshongdue, Paro) — this is one of the best restaurants in Paro. Here you can enjoy delicious and authentic Thukpa, Datshi and Momos. Sonam Trophel serves vegetarian as well as the vegan meal, so if you are up to try some vegetarian Bhutan food, then it’s going to be the best place for you. Here you can also enjoy different Asian delicacies at nominal prices.
San Maru Restaurant (Norzin Lam, Thimphu) — run by a Bhutanese-Korean couple, this is the only place in the country you can dine on absolutely delicious Korean food. Here you will find the country’s best Bibimbap along with the barbecued chicken. Like most other places of Bhutan, this restaurant is also immersed in traditional interior décor and offers one of the best dining experiences in this country.
Olive Restaurant (Nak-Sel Boutique Hotel & Spa, Nkoba Village) – this restaurant, located 8 km from Paro, serves local dishes such as kewa datshi (a curry made with potatoes and cheese), and the yak burger (complemented with spicy homemade mustard), and watercress salad, along with freshly-cut French fries. This eco-friendly and energy-efficient hotel gets high marks for its breath-taking views of Jomolhari (a Himalayan mountain that’s on the Chinese (Tibetan)-Bhutan border.
Galingkha (Galingkha Hotel, Norzin Lam & Dondrub Lam, Thimphu) — this restaurant, located on the first floor of one of the international hotels in the capital, happens to face a busy traffic circle (where white-gloved traffic cops can be seen in action directing traffic – in a country that still doesn’t have traffic lights). Dishes served there range from Chinese, to Bhutanese to Indian (such as butter paneer masala, and creamy lentil-based dal halwa). The restaurant also features an outdoor dining area, separated by a glassed patio. The guests can enjoy great food with the amazing visuals of the town and the greenery that surrounds it.