Top 30 Coffee Shops and Cafes for Digital Nomads in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a vibrant, charming and happening capital. Inside many high rises, crowded street corners and mazelike alleys are several numerous nooks and crannies. Whether you’re staying on the north or south side of the city, there’s an abundance of workspaces. Especially for the digital nomads. Likewise, if you like a great cup of coffee or tea, then read on for the top 30 recommendations. I can’t rate these as they are all unique for different purposes, whether it’s the workspace, coffee or even food. Therefore, here are my top 30 coffee shops for digital nomads in Kathmandu, in no particular order: 

1. Kar.maCOFFEE Inside of HUB

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Located in the heart of Thamel, this open space embodies conscious living. HUB serves an environment with a tour agency Social tours and an organic coffee boutique, coffee. HUB has a sustainable focus, and most of its furniture is upcycled. Likewise, the coffee from is so tasty and produced from no electrical equipment. If you want a coffee, it’s pay what you feel too!

What I like about it, is that it’s open seven days a week 8:00 am – 8:00 pm You can work on a table high or low, stools, chairs, sofa and many more. At HUB there is a range of furniture to what suits your needs, and the Kar.maCOFFEE outlet serves excellent coffee and food for an affordable price. Finally, excellent and fast wifi. Many digital nomads in Kathmandu work from here, so it’s also a great place to network and connect with others.

2. Modernist Baker

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A mouthwatering bakery located on the Southside in Kupondole. It’s open Sunday-Friday 7:00 am-7:00 pm. What’s great about this spot is that it has delicious European pastries, cakes and coffee — all for an affordable price. However, alongside its food, the space to sit and work is ideal. Modernist Baker has square desks and tables perfect for perching your laptop on and working. Moreover, the chairs are comfortable to work on, and wifi is to a good standard. 

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3.Bodhi Books and Bakes 

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Book lovers, this is a must-visit for you. Bodhi Books and Bakes have an extensive collection of books to borrow from many kind humans, who have donated. There are books to buy also. Located in Maharajgunj on the north side, open every day 8:00 am-8:00 pm. The atmosphere in this place is incredibly relaxed; the menu is so varied from spaghetti to momos. It caters for many palettes of nationalities. There are many ports to plug your gadgets into and has decent wifi. A great place for digital nomads in Kathmandu.

4. Ventures Cafe

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In Baluwatar there is an incredibly cheap cafe serving Nepali, Asian and continental cuisine. At times, I use this place quite a lot when my house is subject to power cuts. Ventures have an inverter and quick wifi. Even if you choose to sit outside in its funky lawn area, there a charging ports on the floor. What I love about this place are the hours it’s open every day from 7:30 am-10:00 pm. Similarly, if you only order a little, they don’t hang around or force you to order more. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, and if you like alcohol, they have a unique beer collection too. 

5. Bikalpa Art Cafe

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A funky art cafe and bar, the first of its type in Kathmandu. It’s a place for creatives who linger in its outdoor garden or bar. There are also many exhibits held here. If you live or pass through the south side, this cafe is located in Pulchowk open seven days a week 10:00 am-10:00 pm. If you wish to work there more regularly, they also offer co-working packages.

6. Deli Akuj

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Deli Akuj is a coffee shop with a European vibe. Everything about the coffee shop spells artisan from the illy coffee to the chocolate. As soon as you enter, it has ambient music and a chilled environment. It’s a coffee shop located in Gairidhara, and due to its location, it’s never crowded. When I always visit, there is still the right amount of people. Due to the calm environment, it’s a very productive place with little disturbances and great wifi to get your work done. It’s open seven days a week 8:00 am-7:30 pm.

7. Cafe Soma

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Lucky you, if you’re on either side of the town, there are two Cafe Soma’s. One is located in Jamsikhel the other in Baluwatar. Baluwatar Cafe Soma is open every day 8:00 am-8:00 pm whereas the one in Jamsikhel is open 7:00 am-8:00 pm. While both serve the same menu, the one in Baluwatar has a larger workspace. You can choose to work from the outside or inside. What I like about these two areas is that they sell a range of books. So if you get bored with your work, it’s always refreshing to take a break with one of their books.

8. Big Bake 

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Big Bake is a reasonable bakery located in Baluwatar opposite the Chinese Embassy. They prepare daily fresh bread, pastries, sandwiches, cakes and sweet delights on demand. It has fast wifi and a friendly environment, and they leave you to your work. What I’d advise is that there are only two tables, if you’re working from there go off-peak or early. In case the tables are taken up. 

9. Everfresh Bakery & Cafe 

Definitely one of the funkiest coffee shops in Kathmandu, Everfresh is located next in Le Sherpa Maharajgunj. It’s open everyday 7:30 am- 6:00 pm. Apart from a Saturday, this place is never overcrowded; it has vegan options and a great brunch. It’s hidden off the main road and working from there you do not feel like you’re in the hectic city. 

10. Red Mud Jamsikhel

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In Nepal, there are no Starbucks; however, one of the leading emerging coffee chains is Red Mud. Red Muds drinks and food is extremely affordable whether you’re on a Non-Nepali or even a Nepali salary. My favourite branch is in Jamsikhel as you can sit at the top of the cafe and feel like you’re in a treehouse. The food caters for the Nepali stomach and non-Nepali also. It’s open every day from 8:00 am-10:00 pm. 

11. Kaiser Cafe

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If you’re happy to pay an entrance fee and like to work from an area that has decent views, Kaiser Cafe may be for you — owned by Dwarika’s Hotel and right in the middle of Garden of Dreams Thamel. However, if you’re a Nepali of course, you don’t need to pay for your entrance. Kaiser Cafe is a bit more upmarket than the standard cafe. It’s open every day from 8:00 am-10:00 pm.

12. Tings Tea Lounge

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Tings Tea Lounge is in Lazimpat and another chilled destination. The lounge that serves as a B&B is tranquil, and you don’t notice the honking horns from the main road only 5 minutes away. It’s cheap, serves a range of teas and coffee too. You can choose to sit inside or outside on comfy bean bags or chairs. 

13. 0R2K

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Vegans and vegetarians, this is a must-visit destination. 0R2K is in Thamel and such a relaxing environment. It serves affordable food and drinks. It’s Israeli themed, and you take your shoes off to go in. You sit on cushions/mats and work from the floor. At night the lighting turns into U giving that extra flair to the place. I’ve seen many tourists come work from there. 0R2K is open everyday 8:00 am-11:00 pm. 

14. Salon de Kathmandu and Bistro

Salon de Kathmandu and Bistro is another hidden gem in Lazimpat, only 5 minutes walk from the Raddison hotel. This beautiful place has a pleasant garden and cosy inside. It serves excellent coffee and different Asian inspired food. The wifi is fast, and there are many ports inside. However, this place can get a little busy, so if you’re sat on a table for more than two, you politely may get asked to shift to a smaller one, so they can accommodate more customers. It’s open every day 9:00 am-10:00 pm. 

15. Curilo

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Curilo is situated in Lazimpat opposite the British Embassy. It’s open every day 8:00 am-10:00 pm. It serves excellent tapas and a unique menu Likewise, it’s comfortable space with ample room to work from. 

16. Evoke

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Evoke is a popular cafe & Bistro located in Jamsikhel. It serves a range of drinks from coffee to wine — similarly, many different cuisines. Evoke has a minimalistic style interior and a great location to work from during the off-peak time. Evoke is open everyday 8:00 am-10:00 pm.

17. Ananda Tree House Cafe

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This destination is for you earth lovers! Located in Phulbari, Ananda is a fantastic cafe. It has eco products, organic Kar.maCOFFEE and vegan options too. The cafe has a relaxing atmosphere and an excellent destination to be productive. It’s open every day apart from Saturday from 8:00 am-8:00 pm. 

18. Nina’s

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Nina’s is in Maharajgunj and open every day bar Sunday 11:00 am-8:30 pm. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming; the owners know a thing or two about food. They’re very passionate about what they do. The spot itself is very comfy to work from as you can choose to sit on a window seat or a chair. 

19. Kar.maCOFFEE Gyanmandala

The same Kar.maCOFFEE as the outlet inside of the HUB. However, it’s cosier and warmer. It’s a peaceful environment to work from, you can choose to work from the inside or outside on the balcony. It’s like having your own little booth. The staff are welcoming and provide you recommendations if you’re stuck on what to order. The wifi is fast, and the area surrounding you is a relaxing one. Kar.maCOFFEE Gyanmandala is in Jamsikhel underneath The Pump and is open seven days a week 8:00 am-8:00 pm.

20. Cafe Kora

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This cafe is a small one yet with a cosy, warm sustainable environment to work. Cafe Kora is located in Lazimpat and opens every day from 10:00 am-9:00 pm. If you’re working from there and need a tasty treat to provide you with an incentive to work, I’d recommend their colourful momos. Likewise, they serve delicious coffee at an affordable price. 

21. Bricks Cafe

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Bricks cafe is located in Kupondole and a relaxing environment to work from. I like to sit on the balcony in the day time overlooking the rest of the restaurant downstairs. Moreover, I feel the food is rather tasty, and the menu covers many cuisines. If you are on the southside of town and happy to pay a bit more for food I’d say work from here. The building has a fascinating history also as it stands from the Rana era. Bricks Cafe is open every day from 12:00 pm-10:00 pm. 

22. Base Camp

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Located in Jhamsikhel on the south side of Kathmandu, Base Camp is a great spot to work for digital nomads in Kathmandu. It’s open seven days a week 7:00 AM-10:00pm. It functions as a coffee shop,a mountain bike service centre, bouldering wall and an art gallery! If you feel peckish whilst working there, they don’t serve on sight food however they’re happily to order some for you! Likewise they are dog friendly too. A funky place to hang out and work from.

23. 1905

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A cafe located in Nagpokhari on the north side of the city. 1905 is a stunning and peaceful area which is never overpopulated. What I like is no matter what you order (as long as you order something) the waiting staff leave you to your device. It has a cosy interior and a beautiful outdoor seating area for you to lounge and work from, with sofas. 1905 is open every day from 8:00 am-10:00 pm. 

24. Himalayan Java Lazimpat

Himalayan Java Lazimpat
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While there are many Himalayan Java’s in Kathmandu, a particular favourite of mine is the one in Lazimpat. This is just off the main road and not as busy as the likes of the ones in Thamel or Jamsikhel. The environment is modern and probably the closest Nepalese equivalent of Starbucks. Himalayan Java Lazimpat has a variety of coffees and snacks such as paninis, salads, bagels, pastries and desserts. Himalayan Java Lazimpat is open everyday 7:00 am-9:30 pm.  A contemporary place for digital nomads in Kathmandu.

25. Top of the World Coffee

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Top of the World Coffee is based in Jamsikhel and open every day 7:00 am-7:00 pm except for a Saturday. Their coffee is fresh as they roast it themselves and have an in-house baker. Wherever you sit inside, there’s charging ports, and it’s a comfortable environment. What I like about Top of The World Coffee is that they support local farmers, promote fair trade and empower single women. The food they serve is a range of Western and Nepali cuisine.  An epic place for digital nomads in Kathmandu.

26. Kairos Cafe

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 A cafe situated on the south side in Jawalakhel and is open every day 7:00 am-9:00 pm. It has its unique workspace, and the environment is welcoming. It serves international cuisine and highly trained baristas. I’d recommend checking out Kairos. They also have a working room/space available upon request too!

27. Coffee Pasal

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If you’re around Durbar Marg, you may want to visit Coffee Pasal. It’s open seven days a week from 8:00 am -10:00 pm. There are large varieties of coffee on sale to keep you energised as well as a range of snacks. If you’re working late and want something, a little stronger Coffee Pasal also serves other drink options.

28. Tea-Zen House

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If you’re around Boudhanath and want a calm place to work from, I’d suggest checking out Tea-Zen. It’s different from the standard coffee shop, as obviously, it serves tea! It has a majestic range of drinks and you can either work from the floor or the table. Tea-Zen is open every day between 9:00 am- 6:00 pm. Currently as of 1/2/2020 is closed due to Corona Virus Outbreak

29. Opium

Opium Restauraunt
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Opium is more of a restaurant than a cafe and located in Durbar Marg. The indoor seating space is so big you’ll feel at ease working from there. I’d recommend working from there during the day time as it’s more relaxed. Similarly, on a night it gets more lively with live singers/music, and if you’re like me, I like to concentrate. Opium is open every day from 11:00 am-10:00 pm. 

30. – Cafe Fika 

Cafe Fika is an epic coffee shop to work at. What I love about it is, in the same complex there is Hyderabad house and NoVu. If the food isn’t to your liking at Fika, but the coffee is, you can order from them two have it brought down to you. The owner often works from Fika and is incredibly welcoming alongside his staff. It has something for every digital nomad. Fika is in Dhobighat and opens every day 7:00 am-8:00 pm. 

These places are ideal for digital nomads in Kathmandu. Any of you digital nomads in Kathmandu wanting to look for more recommendations, drop a comment down below.


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