|A view of Mcleodganj from the Dalai Lama Temple|
Woesery Bakery - Handmade Cappuccino
Coffee Talk - Cafe Latte
Cafe Tibet Cafe by Nick's Italian Kitchen - Lemon Honey Ginger Tea
Woesery Bakery - Vegetarian Paninin in Tibetan Bread
Moonpeak Espresso - Chicken in Brownbread
Best Baked Goodies:
Moonpeak Espresso - Carrot Walnut Cake
Woesery Bakery - Walnut Tart
Moonpeak Espresso - Omelette 3 eggs and 3 cheese (Warning: 1 serving is big enoygh for 2 persons)
There is a hype about Italian food here but we did not really venture in to different pastas and pizzas available. We tried a couple but nothing really fantastic. I myself tried some vegetarian Tibetan noodles at the Hummingbird Cafe in Norbulingka Institute. I found it quite decent enough to pass for a meal.
For shops, we patronized mostly Tibetan products made by the Tibetans. There are many shops you can visit and support such as:
Norbulingka Shop - They have a wide range of products like stationery, bags, clothes, shawl and to quite expensive but worth it products like applique, thankas, wood carvings, dresses and buddha statues. They have 3 branches at Norbulingka Insitute, Chonor House and Temple Road near the Main square.
Tibetan Cooperative Shop - They sell various handicrafts and Tibet souvenirs and hand made carpets. Jogibara Road near the post office.
LHA Tibet Fair Trade Shop - Selling various Tibetan dresses, rosaries and bags at Temple Road.
Rogpa Cafe and Shop - Selling various handmade crafts with a touch of modern and young Tibetan designs. Jogibara Road.
There are also various bookshop all over Mcleodganj. I have visited Bookworm at Bhagsu Road and Tibet World Books at Jogibara Road both owned and ran by Tibetans.
So just a reminder, despite the fact that Indians own these lands that the Tibetan exiles occupy, it is best to patronized shops owned and ran by these Tibetan exiles. They create products that have relevance to their culture. The culture that they lost when China invaded Tibet forcing most of Tibetans into exile. The products they make and sell help them to preserve the culture they inherited from their ancestors.