In Nepal there are many cafés which have a direct benefit for the local community and I find its great to be able to support them by just having breakfast or coffee there. Here are some of these cafés, I hope you´ll like them :-)
1- The Cafe With No Name
The Cafe With No Name is a hidden gem in the heart of Thamel. The cafe actively supports NGO Our Sansar, helping to alleviate poverty and empower communities. Their project in Nepal focuses particularly on relieving the plight of street children through educational and skills training programs.
Tucked away in a small alley, the cafe serves a range of meals and snacks, local and imported wines, and on Wednesdays and Fridays they offer live music to guests. It’s the perfect cafe to relax in and get away from the noise of Thamel.
Address: Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal
2- Higher Ground Bakery
Higher Ground is a social enterprise with a vision to provide income generation skills, job opportunities, rehabilitation & counselling for disadvantaged and marginalised women and youth in Nepal.
Higher Ground has a bakery, cafe and a crafts centre on its premises where they provide on-the-job bakery training and employment opportunity to their students. The cafe serves a variety of baked goods and specialty coffee drinks, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. The women at the enterprise make quality hand-crafted jewellery, clothing, bags, and accessories that you can purchase to help their cause
Address: Higher Ground, GPO Box 8975, EPC 799, Kathmandu, Nepal
3- The Village Cafe
The Village Café is a social enterprise funded by the SAARC development fund, operating in conjunction with Sabah Nepal. The cafe provides employment opportunities for women who have been socially and economically disadvantaged in the past, and have developed skills through participation in Sabah’s skills training courses.
There are three cafes in total, one in Pulchowk, one in Nexus and one in Kokhana, all serving various traditional cuisines cooked by the women themselves, using the ingredients that they have grown in their own fields.
Support this cause by dining in any of the three restaurants or shopping Sabah’s range of fair trade handicrafts made by the women in their programs.
Address: Pulchowk Patan 44601 Nepal
4- ROKPA Restaurant & Bakery
ROKPA Restaurant & Bakery is located in Boudha, just a couple of minutes walk from the Boudhanath Stupa, a famous landmark in Nepal. The restaurant is a social business that supports the nearby ROKPA Children’s Home, which provides food, shelter and education for about 60 underprivileged children and has been doing so for the past 20 years.
The restaurant has a lovely garden setting and serves Nepali, Indian and European cuisines, plus a wide range of cakes to be enjoyed with local organic coffee and tea.
Address: boudha 977 Kathmandu, Nepal