Mezze, A great atmosphere, friendly staff, and reliably satisfying pizza with a view of the Old Palace. DarbarMarg, (01)4223087

Beer tasting, Sample 10 of Nepal’s finest brews and learn which flavours you like best. 27 November, 6pm, dvara, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur, Rs 600

Bodhi books & Bakes, A bookstore-cum-patisserie. Maharajganj, 9851193262

Dhokaima Café, Beat the cold with indigenous cocktails at the Rukhmuni Bar. Patan Dhoka, (01)5522113, dhokaimacafe@yahoo.com

Helena’s, Something of an institution in the tourist district, the restaurant has the best desserts in town, and offers unparalled view of the Valley from its rooftop. Thamel (opposite the Pilgrim’s Book House, (01)4266979

Dan Ran, The best Japanese food this side of the Bagmati. Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur (01)5521027

Quiz Night, Sal’s Pizza hosts weekly quiz contests. Every Monday, 7pm, Lajimpat (behind the Indian Embassy),9813570076

Kairos Café, Offers excellent coffee and traditional British pub food. Jawalakhel (behind the zoo), 9813173747

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