Where to Eat in Gilgit-Baltistan: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 9, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Gilgit-Baltistan (Urdu: گلگت بلتستان‬‎), formerly known as the Northern Areas, is the northernmost administrative territory in Pakistan. It borders Azad Kashmir to the south, the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the west, the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan to the north, the Xinjiang region of China, to the east and northeast, and the Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir to the southeast. According to UNSC Resolution of 1947 the territory is part of the disputed Kashmir region along with Azad Kashmir, Aksai Chin, the Shaksgam Valley, and Jammu, Ladakh, and the Valley of Kashmir.
Things to do in Gilgit-Baltistan

1. Dumani

Jutial, Gilgit, Pakistan Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Pakistani, Middle Eastern, Halal Lunch, Dinner (05811) 55894
Excellent
47%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Dumani

Reviewed By Zafar I

location, location, location.. you get your moneys worth when you just sit there, food is also good.Rakaposhi is infront of you with all its magnificence

2. Cafe De Hunza

Karimabad | Karimabad Bazaar, Hunza 15700, Pakistan Takeout, Seating Cafe Brunch, Breakfast +92 581 3457112
Excellent
50%
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40%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Cafe De Hunza

Reviewed By LoobylooTamworth - Toowoomba, Australia

we decided to have dessert here one night and found the place to be small and charming. I tried the chocolate cake and didn't find it very good however the walnut cake was fantastic and worth coming back for. I would have liked to try the coffee but being night i didn't want the caffeine hit! We enjoyed meeting other tourists there and would definitely go back again.

3. Hidden Paradise Hunza

Bazaar Road | Gilgit Baltistan, Hunza 15700, Pakistan Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout Healthy, Diner, Middle Eastern, Soups, Pakistani, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$118 +92 346 3188895
Excellent
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4 based on 31 reviews

Hidden Paradise Hunza

Vision Statement To share with the world, the various aspects of Hunza traditional Food in a manner that enhances both their holiday expectations and cultural curiosity. We aim to provide organic, pure and self cultivated food and to share the secrets of living 100+ years of Hunzaies in Olden days. Mission Statement Hidden Paradise Hunza strives at all time “to care for our customer through the highest level of friendly service, quality, pure and healthy products while maximizing staff potential and development in a constructive, clean and healthy atmosphere using efficient and profitable means”. INTRODUCTION: Hidden Paradise Hunza formerly known as Ultar Restaurant is serving Healthy Hunza Traditional Food since the era for the first time tourism rushed to Valleys of Gilgit Baltistan. The concept behind a spot where only hunza food to serve is the mind of Mr. Lutfi Ali (Chef & Owner), also known as the founder of Hunza food. It was 1980’s when Mr. Lutfi Ali had a jeep and was affiliated with tours and expeditions and observed what tourism are attracting to or why the tourism are visiting the historical places, so why not they to attract towards Hunza Cultural Food as well, with a sudden decision he acquired a rented cabin and established a restaurant where he initiated to serve Apricot Soup and Apricot Juice. HISTORY Since 1980’s tourism attractions have improved and hotel business enhanced in the region and an outstanding market growth have witnessed from 1990’s to 2001.The concept of Traditional food business proved a remarkable results in comparison to other food businesses. Hidden paradise has been marketed by its own customers to be the best spot in hunza to eat and experience Traditional and Healthy Food. The restaurant by year 2000 has expanded its limited menu to list of 80 local food items.

Reviewed By mubashirfida - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

Went to Hidden Paradise with Family for dinner. the manager was courteous young guy who took time to share the details of various local specialities they prepare. the guy seemed passionate and was polite and friendly. we order doudo soup, followed by Hoi Lo garma (spinach pasta), chopshoro and lamb cooked in apricot seed oil. very nice authentic place. food was delivered warm although a little later than promised. overall the food was good specially the local drink Chammus. recommended for people who like Hunza Cuisine.

4. Hotel Hunza Embassy

New Ganish Rd | Karimabad, Hunza, Pakistan Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Breakfast, Dinner (05821) 57001
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 8 reviews

Hotel Hunza Embassy

Reviewed By Farhat B - Islamabad

Hotel Hunza Embassy offers 12
deluxe rooms 12 single rooms and 16 double bedrooms, Hunza traditional restaurant, ample car park. Each room is well equipped with all the standard amenities like color Television with satellite channels, mini fridge and marble bathrooms with elegantly furnished local traditional housing look.

5. Osho Maraka

Gilgit-Baltistan | Karimabad, Hunza, Pakistan (Formerly Hunza Baltit Inn) Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Credit Cards Pakistani, Asian, Middle Eastern Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$102 - HK$141 +92 581 3457660
Excellent
42%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Osho Maraka

Reviewed By flyfisher66 - Islamabad, Pakistan

Though a bit expensive, Osho Maraka Restaurant in Serena Inn is one of the best in Hunza area. Standard of cooking is good and food is clean and hygienic, a serious issue that you face at many other places. They don't have an extravagant menu card but it is good enough and provides most popular Pakistani dishes.
The service is good. However, the best thing about the restaurant is the stunning view of Hunza valley through it's large size glass window. It's a treat having one's food with that view.

6. Hunza Inn & Old Hunza Inn

Old Ganish Rd | Karimabad, Hunza, Pakistan +92 581 3457186
Excellent
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Hunza Inn & Old Hunza Inn

Reviewed By Nazim-Ullah-Baig - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States

If you are travelling from Gilgit, just before you arrive into the village of Karimabad, fist off the main street on your right, there is a street where you will find Hunza Embassy Hotel, this good hotel in Karimabad. It is a short walk (10 minutes) from Karimabad village centre and 20 minutes from Baltit Fort.
Ideally located in the Hunza valley, Hunza Embassy Hotel rooms are comfortable rooms (double or single with a fan , and an attached bathroom ( hot water is always available.
Most rooms have a lovely Terrace from where you can have a look at the Hunza valley and the dramatic scenery around. Behind the hotel you will see 7,000m high Mountains on a clear day (even in July, chances are high that you will be able to see the peaks). Ask for the higher rooms as the view is much more dramatic.
Good prices food and rooms ,there is a communal dinner with the travellers staying overnight: that night,noodles soup and vegetables rice. hunza traditional food and many kind of food always available.
The hostel can also arrange treks for you if you plan to stay several days, and keep your luggage in a cloakroom while you are away.
It is best to arrive in the morning or early afternoon since that hostel is quickly full you can reservation online and telephone number.

7. Dewanekhas Restaurant Skardu

Kazmi Bazar Skardu | Near polo Grond, Skardu 16100, Pakistan Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating Chinese, Pakistani, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$31 - HK$157 +92 300 9091494
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Dewanekhas Restaurant Skardu

This charming place is Recommended as "OUR PICK" by Lonely Planet Edition 7th, . "Offering Hotel standards at Guest house prices, this is a fine place to rest your head...." written by this famous guide book author, Address: Raja Road near SCO | Gilgit Baltistan, Skardu, Pakistan Region:Pakistan > Gilgit-Baltistan > SkarduAmenities:Free BreakfastFree High-Speed InternetFree ParkingKids ActivitiesKitchenetteRestaurantRoom ServiceShuttle Bus serviceSuitesHotel Style:Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Skardu Price Range: $ Official Description (provided by the hotel):Hotel Dewanekhas located just 15 minute Drive from City Air port. We have maintained our service standards up to the desires of our esteemed clients by providing 24- hr Room service, Restaurant variety food services running hot and cold water, Color TV with cable connection, Laundry Heating arrangements Internet wife connect facilities , Air/Bus Ticketing &Travel Guide, We also have ample Car, Bus/Volvo parking space & own silent Gen -Setless

Reviewed By Mahboob A - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

whenever I travel skardu, I must visit Dewanekhas. food served here is very delicious.in peak seasons, there is no space for night stay. many foreigners like to stay there.

8. Hunza Cuisine

Karimabad | Zero Point, Hunza 47000, Pakistan Japanese, Cafe, International, Barbecue +92 582 1570012
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Hunza Cuisine

Organic and traditional food from own farm.

Reviewed By chitralimran - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan

I tried Daodao soup a couple of times along with Chapshero (bread) and they are very tasty. Hunza has a very special cuisine and one should give it a try.

9. City Inn Restaurant

New Bazaar | Hussaini Chowk, Skardu, Pakistan Middle Eastern, Pakistani +92 581 5457077
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

City Inn Restaurant

Reviewed By Thanamwat S - Bangkok, Thailand

City Inn Restaurant only known between locals as the best Pakistani restaurant in town.
Local price. Real Pakistani food. And tasty.
Another thing I am quite impressive with this restaurant is about speed in service.
You do not have to wait so long to get your food.
Normally when you go to Pakistani restaurant and order something sometimes it may take more than 30 mins just to eat some normal food although the restaurant is not crowded.A bad example is a restaurant in PTDC Skardu. The food always slow there.
A must visit restaurant if you go to Skardu!
Recommended.
PS: Restaurant actually provided menu in English.

10. Glacier Breeze Restaurant

Hunza, Pakistan Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff Pakistani, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +92 355 5694995
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Glacier Breeze Restaurant

Reviewed By marcofahmey - Sao Paulo, SP

Tasty and affordable apricot cake. When we were there, there were only 3 available that morning and we bought them all. I suppose it would be best if you could call ahead of time before passing by. You can't miss it cos it's the only building on top of a small hill on the Karakoram Highway just before Passu town. The owner is a friendly and he has a Facebook plus the restaurant. It's quite a walk up the stairs but if you're driving a jeep or a car, you could drive along the side making it less effort to get the top.

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