Kathmandu: Patan Durbar Square

Patan is the oldest of all three cities of Kathmandu Valley and is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist Monuments. I think they give you a brochure at the entrance but you can also get a guide at the entrance (skip the guide if you don’t have a lot of time). Entrance fee of NPR. 1000.

Getting there: 25 mins by taxi, too far to walk from Thamel.

Dining: There is a small famous, over 100 years old “hole in the wall” local eatery here, not fancy but awesome authentic Newari food. When you enter the square, you will see a stone temple (Krishna Mandir). Behind the stone temple is a small place called Honacha (होनचा, www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4MP5b7Loco…). It has apparently been there with the same interior, exterior and menu since 1934 AD and is not the cleanest place. It is also usually busy and you can’t make a reservation here. There is another branch of Honacha a bit further from the original place (www.google.de/maps/dir/27.6740009,85.325…). It serves the same food (minus the alcohol I think) and is a bit bigger. If I were you, I would try to go here instead of the one behind the stone temple. Try different varieties of buffalo meat: choyla (spicy grilled meat with herbs), kachila (mincemeat mixed with spices), dyakula (boiled meat in gravy) and sukuti (dried meat). You can also try aloo (potato gravy). Definitely try mixed woh (lentil patties with eggs and minced buffalo meat) and mixed Chatamari (rice pancake with eggs and minced buffalo meat).

Disclaimer: It is not the cleanest of all places and does not have the best customer service but awesome food. A cleaner place to go might be Layaku Kitchen, opposite the Patan Durbar Square. Great view and food is okay, not as authentic as in Honacha though.

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