A social business that’s newly renovated and contemporary in design, we serve high quality, organic vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Conveniently located right next door to the Kathmandu Guest House in the heart of Thamel, our restaurant is situated off the main road on the upper floor of the Shiva complex. This quiet location allows you to enjoy delicious food by our 5 Star Chef, in a peaceful and spacious environment.
We’re proud to be 100% social business meaning all of our profits go toward empowering and assisting the Gandharba people in Nepal who rank lowest amongst the castes.
Our experienced local Chef offers unique dishes that will WOW your taste buds and the presentation is simply divine! It will be easy to spend your morning, afternoon or evening with us as we offer a variety of settings and seating arrangements including a peaceful terrace for lounging which includes a cinema.
As well, we’re equipped with exceptionally fast WIFI for your convenience. We invite you to visit us and indulge in our amazing one-of-a-kind dishes, local music and feel satisfied knowing you just made a difference in anothers life.
The Ganharba people are an ancient Caste of musicians that have historically earned their living from music, playing the Saranagi and other traditional Nepalese instruments.
There are Gandharba villages in most of the seventy five regions of Nepal. Traditionally their craft of making instruments, playing, singing and dancing is passed on to younger generations through immersion in their musical environment. Traditionally they went from village to village earning their living through their craft, providing entertainment and using music as a communications tool to relay both current and historic events.
The Gandharba people, like many others in Nepal, have been struggling to adapt to the social changes. Globalisation and modern technology have resulted in them losing their traditional place in society. In order to survive they spend months away from their villages to work in the streets of Kathmandu, playing music and selling their instruments, often earning only a few dollars a day. This impacts their families and the social structure of their communities.
While many of the Gandharba people are struggling to survive, some are adapting and reinventing their roles. Some Gandharba people who have gained access to education have found a new place in the modern world, becoming leaders who are committed to uplift their communities and finding ways to sustain their culture.
The Ganharba Restaurant project in Kathmandu is a social business that will provide a platform to empower the Gandharba people. This social business is a partnership between ‘Gandharba Society Nepal’ and a group of social entrepreneurs from Australia.
The restaurant is located in the heart of Thamel, the main tourist area in Kathmandu and is next door to the iconic Kathmandu Guest House. The restaurant has an indoor seating capacity of 50 people, an extensive courtyard area, where Gandharba musicians and dancers can perform, plus a covered rooftop terrace. This terrace could be used as an open air cinema and a venue for workshops and cultural activities such as music, meditation and cooking class.
The venue will provide training and employment opportunities for the Gandharba people in the hospitality industry as well as being an outlet for handicrafts produced by the women in the villages. In the future it will be used as a hub for rolling out further projects that will benefit the Gandharba people throughout Nepal.
Future projects will include a culturally sensitive and unobtrusive homestay program, which will tap into the tourist market. Visitors will be able to travel to remote areas and experience authentic village life, see instruments being made, dance, play music and cook. Using funds from the restaurant, infrastructure such as toilets and basic accommodation will be created in the villages where necessary. The homestays will provide understanding and connection through cultural exchange. The money earned by the villagers will be an invaluable contribution to their livelihood and sustainability, it will make it possible for parents to send their children to school. The project will also focus on providing incomes for women in the villages and education specifically for girls.