There is no 'tourist season' for this tiny Tibet of Dharamshala. McLeodganj is always bursting at its hilly seams with frenzied tourists looking to get their highland cravings fixed.
Apart from being one of the most accessible solace for dwellers of the plains, this small town is a foodie's paradise – variety being the key to that status!
Tibetan and other local Himachali cuisine are readily available here but a dedicated glutton should explore the Korean, Japanese, and Italian foods served in the clear corners of this town.
Here are a few must-try items from the eateries you can explore in one day while hopping monasteries in McLeodganj.
Pizza hogging at Jimmy's Italian Kitchen
On the way to the central junction of McLeod, this pizzeria is quite popular among the young crowds and it is somewhat difficult to get a spot here during meal hours. But once you do grab a seat (our favourite spot is on the floor seating by the window that looks over the narrow street), go for the roasted chicken pizza.
Big slices of roasted chicken breast are not something your regular pizzas offer. End your meal with a slice of freshly baked blueberry cheesecake.
Go vegetarian for a while at Namgyal Cafe
Sceptical about a vegetarian place making to the list? Their spinach cheese momos will reassure the foodie in you. Served piping hot in traditional-ware, these juicy dumplings go to perfection with their ginger tea options.
The place is also popular for its vegetarian pizza options. So go crazy on your stomach if it allows after the big slices of roast chicken pizza!
Not-so-Korean Kora Kitchen
Your visit to McLeodganj will be incomplete without a walk to Dalai Lama's temple and the walk is bound to make your hungry- again!
The temple compound houses a nondescript Korean eatery called 'Kora's Kitchen.' The crisp clean ambience of the place with its interiors peppered with antiques will take your attention away from the fact that the menu is, indeed, very Tibetan rather than Korean.
The freshness of the food, though, will make you thank us later.
Try their 'aloo phing' (thin rice noodles served in soup with potatoes and other veggies) and 'mutton thentuk' (thick-cut noodles served in a mutton broth with pieces of tender meat).
Homemade desserts at Clay Oven
Head back to the junction to top off your meals with some warm cakes and goodies. Clay Oven has an array of home-baked cakes like banana-chocolate, chocolate cheesecake and more.
Order a hot-chocolate or coffee and sip on it in their balcony, soaking the evening sun.