Coffee is not just a drink; it’s a hug.  Whether you have a preference for an espresso, cappuccino, latte, filter-coffee, or any other variety, you always look out for a perfect destination with the tastiest cup of coffee, a peaceful vibe and love all over. The increasing number of cafes in Kathmandu reflects the capital’s deepening love for coffee. Fr!day explores the best places to head to for your caffeine fix.

Brewshala

Brewshala is a home to coffee enthusiasts, baristas, creative freelancers, and coffee professionals, where you can sit back, experiment, and unwind, while your coffee gets brewed right in front of you. You can perch here for hours and drink their famous espresso, along with a warm cup of Cafe Mocha or a Caramel Latte. The aim of Brewshala is to inspire coffee enthusiasts from all corners of the world, promote Nepali specialty coffee, and to innovate and deliver the finest experience an individual can receive in terms of the perfect brew in specialty coffee.

Location: Labim Mall

Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Café Coffee Day

At Café Coffee Day, coffee is more than just a beverage. It is a cup that brings people together. From those looking for a place to relax, to those looking for a place to connect, coffee brings people in to share something special—their time. Coffee is the soul of this place, and sipping their signature blended coffees along with some savories is an experience on its own.

Outlets: Lalitpur, Basantapur, Durbarmarg

Hours:8 a.m.- 8 p.m.

The Coffee Shop

Coffee, tea, and flavors from around the world have lured generations to The Coffee Shop. Centrally located, it’s the place to hangout out with friends, do business, or simply enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With vegan options, Wi-Fi, live screening, and cuisine ranging from Indian and Chinese to Continental, The Coffee Shop is an oasis for all.

Location: Hotel Annapurna, Durbarmarg

Hours: 6:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.

Karma Coffee

Serving you with the finest coffee in town, Karma Coffee was born out of a passion for coffee and its fascinating journey from crop to cup. Karma Coffee is for all coffee lovers looking for a special coffee experience from Nepal. The wooden decor and artworks on the walls will enhance your coffee experience, leaving you wondering about their recipes. In addition, it’s also quite famous for morning and evening brunches, and you will definitely end up sitting here for hours once you visit the place.

Location: Gyan Mandala and Thamel

Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Himalayan Java Coffee

Serving Nepali coffee since 1999, Himalayan Java Coffee is determined to become the place for a daily stop for locals, expatriates, tourists, and coffee lovers.Over the years, it has diversified from a small coffee shop to an international company, franchising Nepali coffee brands to more than 30 outlets around the world. Believing in maintaining a sustainable business ecosystem by supporting local farmers and Nepali products, Himalayan Java also aspiresto become the most inspiring Nepali coffee establishment taking Nepali coffee to the world.

Outlets:  Thamel, Mandala Street, Civil Mall, City Center, Durbarmarg, Labim Mall

Contact: +977- [0]1-4422519

Coffee Pasal

Conveniently located in the hub of the city,Durbarmarg, Coffee Pasal is the new “gotta be there” place. Unlike the rest of thecoffee shops exporting coffee from abroad, here you’ll find only the local brands, yet you will be getting the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. If you’re planning on a visit, bring your appetite along, because the place is just not about cups of joe, but also boasts a full menu with a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.

Location: Durbarmarg, Kathmandu

Contact: +977- 4246483

The Coffee Lounge

The Coffee Lounge is a franchise from The Coffee Lounge London, UK.With keen attention paid to the vintage styling of the décor, the pastel colors bring a warm and happy ambiance to this café. With the aroma of coffee beans pulling guests in to its location, the soft, warm lighting in the café is akin to seeing the interior through a coffee filter.

Location:Shakya Arcade, Durbarmarg, QFX, Chaya Center, Labim Mall

Hours: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Red Mud Coffee

With its multiple outlets (five outlets in plan for Kathmandu) Red Mud strives to sell over three tons of locally grown coffee to the local coffee aficionados.You’ll get a warm and homely feeling when you visit the café. Another plus point is the fact that it serves quality food and is easy on the pocket. Ithas become a favorite for many who crave a nicely brewed coffee away from all the hustle-bustle of the city.With exposed-brick walls, this cafe comes highly rated for its serene ambiance, fantastic garden seating, and amazing multi-cuisine preparations.

Outlets: Thapathali, New Baneshwor, Jhamsikhel, Phora Durbar, U.S. Embassy, Manang

Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Barista Lavazza

Located on the first floor of Metro Park on the opposite side of the northern gate of Narayanhiti Palace Museum, Barista Lavazza Café is colored in its trademark orange shade that is now well-recognized by Kathmandu-ites. Besides coffee, the place also offers classic beverages like mojitos and granitasthat are available in two exotic flavors, kiwi and watermelon. You can also try their signature quick bites like calzone, an assortment of sandwiches, and puffs and pastries like Temptation and Moccha Mousse.

Outlets: Narayanhiti Palace Museum North Gate Rd, Norkhang Complex (Jawalakhel)

Hours- 7 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Café Soma

The light and airy atmosphere of Café Soma, combined with the huge full bookshelves lining its walls, lends the space a bohemian, European feel. Café Soma, which was established in 2010, and recently refurbished in October 2013, offers a calm, quiet getaway from Kathmandu’s busy streets. Serving European deli-style fare with a Nepali twist, the kitchen concocts a range of coffees, full breakfast, sandwiches and burgers, panini, soups, salads, and assorted bakery items.

Outlets: Baluwatar, Jhamsikhel

Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.