Best Food and Restaurants in Shigatse

Shigatse, about 250km southwest of Lhasa, the second largest town and traditional capital of Tsang province. Most tourists would also choose Shigatse as one of their destinations. You may be wondering what food and restaurants that might be expected in Shigatse. As we all know, food can reflect local people’s character and their regional culture to some extend, and Shigatse food is very simple, plentiful beef and mutton are the main foods of daily life, and they are served up in many different dishes. Shigatse is swarming with good restaurants generally open for lunch and dinner.

Part 1. Top 5 Food You Must Try While Travelling in Shigatse

The food in Shigatse is almost the same as that in other parts of Tibet, the dishes are more typical Tibetan food. The Tibetan people in Shigatse eat a monotonous diet, mainly beef, mutton and dairy products. Then add a few simple ways to make it, and it turns into a variety of delicious meals.

Dried Yak Meat and Mutton

Dried meat is very characteristic of a Tibetan food. At the end of each year, when the temperature is below zero, Tibetans cut yak meat and mutton into strips and hang them in the shade to let them dry. It can be eaten in February and march next year. After drying, the meat is crisp, with a distinctive flavor and a long finish, which makes the eater enjoy endless aftertaste. You can find the dried yak meat and mutton in some supermarkets or restaurants

Dried Yak Meat

Tibetan Yogurt

With more than 1,000 years’ history, Tibetan Yogurt is an indispensable food for Tibetan local people, and they always take the Tibetan Yogurt as one of the favourite snacks. Different from normal yogurt, Tibetan yogurt is fermented from yak milk and tastes thicker than normal yogurt. The flavor of yak milk is a little bit strong, and it’s sour than normal yogurt, some people prefer to add sugar to it. It is very easy to find creamy Tibetan yogurt in restaurants and street stalls. In addition, one of the biggest festivals in Tibet, Shoton Festival, is named after Tibetan yogurt. When you travel to Shigatse, Tibetan yogurt is definitely worth trying.

Tibetan Yogurt with Raisins

Tibetan Sweet Tea

In Tibet, drinking sweet tea has become the daily life of the Tibetan people. Sweet teahouses can be found everywhere in Tibet. In sweet teahouses, people drink tea and chat. Sweet tea is brewed with black tea juice, milk or milk powder, sugar and so on , its taste sweet and delicious, rich in nutrition, deeply loved by people. There is a proverb in Lhasa: "three days without food, not one day without tea", which is enough to illustrate the Tibetan compatriots' love for tea drinking. You can find a sweet teahouse with a couple of good friends and enjoy a comfortable afternoon.

Tibetan Sweet Tea

Barley Wine

Barley wine is made of highland barley, a major grain produced on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. The barley wine is not very strong, local Tibetan people, no matter men, women, old and young, all of them like it very much. It is a necessary drink for festivals and happy holidays. The production process of barley wine is very unique. Barley wine is one kind of wine like beer, it’s orange in color, it tastes sweet and sour with low alcohol. Drinking barley wine is particular about “three mouth a cup”, that is, drink one mouthful, pour full, drink another mouthful, then pour full, drink the third mouth, pour full again and toss off. You can have a drink while visiting the local restaurants in Shigatse.

Barley Wine


Tsampa is one of the traditional staple foods of Tibetan herdsmen, it is also the main food for local Tibetan people every day. Tsampa is one fried noodles that is made with barley. The method of eating Tsampa, with a small amount of butter tea, milk dregs, sugar and so on to stir evenly, then knead into balls with your hands. It is not only convenient to eat, rich in nutrition, high in calories, very suitable to allay hunger and resist cold, but also easy to carry and storage. You can taste some Tsampa in local restaurants in Shigatse, which is well worth a try.


Part 2. Top 5 Restaurants You Can’t Miss in Shigatse

Some of tourists may think, I'm new to Shigatse and don't know much about this place. What should I eat? Which restaurant should I go for food? Please don't worry, Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. There are a variety of restaurants for you to choose, including Tibetan traditional food, Indian food, Nepalese food, western food and so on. We will help you choose some restaurants where you can enjoy a satisfying dinner.

Shigatse Wordo Kitchen
Address: Tade East Road-8, Shigatse, China
Phone number: +86 892 882 3994
Price reference: RMB 70 p/p
This restaurant is very attractive, in typical Tibetan style, the authentic Tibetan decor is really interesting to walk around and look at. The pleasant Tibetan seating is decorated with old prayer wheels and yak-butter pots. The restaurant is also near Gesar Hotel. Dishes range from curried potatoes to more ambitious braised yak ribs, vegetarian dishes are also available. If you are lucky enough, you can appreciate live traditional music with great singers and shows depicting ancient legends, the show lasts about one hour and both local and foreign tourists enjoy it immensely. If you don’t understand menus well, the manager speaks very good English and can help you choose your menu. If you are up for great food and a great night, come here!

Shigatse Wordo Kitchen

Songtsen Restaurant
Address: Qingdao Lu | Bu Xing Jie, Shigatse, China
Phone number: +86 892 883 2469
Price reference: RMB 68 p/p
The Songtsen Restaurant is typically Tibetan and is located very close to the Tashilumpo Monastery. It also has a great location on the ‘pedestrian-only’ street, offering good views of the pilgrims ambling past. English menu is provide in this restaurant, and you can order Chinese food, local Tibetan meals, western food, Nepali-style food, vegetarian is also welcomed friendly . Also, the restaurant is clean, atmospheric, and reasonably priced. The staff here are very friendly and the food is basic but of good quality - you can’t really go wrong here.

Songtsen Restaurant

Third Eye Restaurant
Address: Zhufeng Lu, Shigatse, China
Phone number: +86 892 883 8898
Price reference: RMB 55 p/p
The Third Eye Restaurant is a Nepali-run restaurant that is popular with both locals and tourists. And it’s upstairs, next to the Gang Gyan Shigatse Orchard Hotel, is also near Tashilumpo Monastery, about five minutes away. Menu for all tastes with all kind of regional food, Chinese and Tibetan dishes, also provide Nepali, Indian and western dishes. And it's also a nice choice for vegetarians. You can enjoy local Tibetan noodles, Tibetan Momo, dried Yak Meat, chicken tikka and so on. You can feel free to enjoy warm service and delicious food there.

Third Eye Restaurant

Tashi Restaurant
Address: The second floor of hero middle road.
Phone number: +86 892 883 5969
Price reference: RMB 50 p/p
This restaurant makes nice tandoori-oven-baked naan and tasty Indian dishes,Nepalese food is also very authentic. It’s part of a chain of places run by brothers in Gyantse and Lhasa. The restaurant is on the second floor with a good environment. Yogurt, Naan, chicken curry, salad are worth trying. Masala tea is the highly recommended and almost every guest would try it. You wouldn't expect to find such delicious food in this small county.

Tashi Restaurant

Unequalled Coffee Bar
Address: Shandong Nanlu, Zanglong Guangchang, Third floor.
Phone number: +86 892 851 0666
Price reference: RMB 50 p/p
Elegant coffee shop and bistro with big couches and courteous service. The western-style menu has tempting offerings like Brazilian steaks and pizza. The restaurant is on the third floor, you need to take the elevator. Unequalled Coffee Bar mainly provides you with steak, pizza, coffee, ice cream and so on, the typical Chinese snacks are also available such as dumplings, noodles. Though it is just a small restaurant, it is very clean and the service is quite good.

Unequalled Coffee Bar

In a word, if you choose to travel to Shigatse, it's also a nice idea to try local restaurants and dishes. This will give you a better understanding of local life and customs in Shigatse. If you don’t know what to eat, or where to eat, you may learn more about after reading this guide.


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January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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