Nepalese Food Tour in Kathmandu With a Local Guide

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Nepali food has gained huge popularity around the world; especially staple dishes like Dal Bhat (similar to an Indian Thali), or Momo the Nepalese dumplings. During my recent trip to Kathmandu, Nepal‘s capital, I got the opportunity to join a super fun food tour in Kathmandu with a local guide who knows the Nepali food scene in Kathmandu like the back of his hand.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored tour by Backstreet Academy – all opinions are my own.



A food tour in Kathmandu is perfect for anyone wanting to try local favorite dishes and some more adventurous foods that can only be found in Nepal. The tour is not only a great way to explore Nepal’s food scene but also to learn more about Kathmandu and Nepal’s history.

All of the guides leading the food tour are fun, knowledgable and young locals who know Kathmandu like the back of their hand and grew up eating at the same food stalls as included in the tour.

The food tour in Kathmandu is 2 hours long with flexible start times between 12 and 4 PM. Tour partakers have then the opportunity to taste amazingly flavorful dishes in Kathmandu’s off-the-beaten-track side-alleys and streets. It’s also no problem to find vegan food in Kathmandu!

If you are looking to explore Kathmandu away from its touristy corners and want to see exactly what and where the locals really hang out and eat – this tour is for you!

In fact, it’s the most delicious and fun way to explore Kathmandu just like a local.


The Kathmandu food tour takes you to the 5 most famous stalls frequented only by the locals! Baras, Samosas, Momos, Pani Purri and Lassi are the 5 epic dishes you get to try on the tour while also passing by a number of local temples nestled within the alleys.


Bara is a type of lentil bread and a traditional Newari snack similar to a pancake made of black lentil. Bara is one of the most popular street foods in Nepal – the perfect start for the food tour in Kathmandu!

Bara Nepali Lentil Bread


Samosas are deep-fried dough balls filled with spiced potatoes, onions, peas and other ingredients. What’s especially great is that they are served in hand-made leaf bowls.

Samosas street food


Nepal’s version of steamed dumplings, momos are an all-time favorite street snack in Kathmandu. Momos are filled with vegetables, chicken or buffalo meat along with onions and spices and then eaten with chutney or spicy chili sauce.

Momos Nepalese Dumplings

Pani Purri

Pani Purri is a snack that originated from India and consists of round hollow fried balls prepared from flour (called purri). The balls are then stuffed with mashed boiled potatoes and peas and filled with spicy water (pani).

Pani purri Nepalese Street food

Something Sweet


Jalebi made by deep-frying flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. They are not only super popular in Nepal, but also in the Indian subcontinent and Iran. If you have a sweet tooth like me, you are going to love these!

Julebi sweet Nepalese street food


Another one of my sweet favorites, Lassi is a yogurt-based drink that originated in the Indian subcontinent and is extremely popular in Nepal. Lassi is a blend of yoghurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. This is the final stop of the food tour in Kathmandu.

lassi nepalese yogurt drink

Are you ready for your own food tour in Kathmandu?

I truly enjoyed this food tour in Kathmandu and would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting. I learned so much about Nepalese food culture and the history about their most popular dishes. After the tour, I was left with a great appreciation for the country’s cuisine.

My personal favorite were the momos because of their unique flavor.


Food Tour in Kathmandu

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Linda has been living in Asia since 2012 and loves sharing her travel and life experiences on her website. She currently works remotely in Online Marketing and also teaches various English classes in South Korea.

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