It was dark. Pitch black really. And there I was, wandering around the streets of Thamel, Kathmandu, trying desperately to find the café called Snowman based on a line from my Lonely Planet guide. I don’t have the guide any more, but here’s what it says online: “…this is one of those rare Kathmandu hang-outs that attracts both locals and backpackers. The chocolate cake has been drawing overland travellers for close to 40 years now.”
I wanted chocolate cake that has mesmerised visitors for 40 years. I HAD TO HAVE IT.
After trundling around hopelessly while the city suffered a power cut, I finally saw it. On Freak Street, just like Lonely Planet had promised. SNOWMAN!
If you go through this post expertly written by Shafik Meghji, you’ll get a better idea of the atmosphere Freak Street provides. He talks about how the Beatles and Cat Stevens visited Kathmandu, of how Snowman café is one of the relics of that bygone age, and informs me that Snowman has been open since 1965.
I entered the café and low paraffin lamps were placed around everywhere to combat the power cut that had plunged the area into darkness. Even then, you notice the graffiti on the walls, the psychedelic paintings, the general smallness of the place.
And what can I say…I was a glutton. I ordered two types of chocolate cake. I fell in love with the simplicity and absolute yumminess of the cakes. Halfway through the first chocolate cake, the lights came back on. Score! I’ll be honest, I can’t remember how much I paid per slice, but it was dirt cheap. Definitely under 100 Nepalese rupees per slice (that’s like… AED4-5!!!).
Don’t believe me? Check out the reviews it’s got on TripAdvisor… and DEFINITELY go there, light or not, when you’re in Kathmandu!
For blurry pics, here’s a slideshow:
Part one in my series of posts about my food adventures in Nepal.