About Vincent M
Lives in Kathmandu, Nepal
Since Oct 2014
18-24 year old male
I grew up in Boston and took my first oversees trip when I was 20. Since then I have been hooked, traveling around Europe on two seperate trips and working for an international tour operator. For the last year+ I have been pursuing a career as a photo journaĺist in Asia - much of that has been spent around Kathmandu where I fell in love with the culture, food, and people of the ever-growing city. I am a vegetarian foodie, a ĺover of all outdoor sports and few things please me more than exploring and being challenged. www.vinnymo.co
Sacred & Religious Sites
If you are visiting the Patan Museum, then this 'coffee boutique' should be your definite resting point — either to start the day or to end it. Regular coffee is served up on a donation basis here (you pay what you like), while other specialty coffees are still the most competitively priced in all of Kathmandu. Located below a Jazz Conservatory, kar.ma COFFEE always has a great crowd of people, and you'll likely hear some great live music being played upstairs.
Jazz Upstairs is a great place to meet interesting locals as well as expats. I especially recommend coming here on Wednesday or Saturday to see the house jazz band, a group of seriously talented Nepali musicians. There is a cover charge on nights when the band is playing, and while it's expensive by Nepalese standards, it's still great value for the show you will see.
Spend a day outside the capital in Bhaktapur, an old Newari Kingdom that lies just 30 minutes from the center of Kathmandu. It's not a touristic place, and you'll see plenty of beautiful traditional-style buildings here. In fact, the whole village is an attraction in itself, being a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located inside the Patan's central Durbar (Palace) Square, Patan Museum contains art dating back to the 7th century. It's a Kathmandu must-see, yet the first time I walked through Durbar Square, I had no idea that it was even there! A combination of three museums, it offers sections specifically devoted to art relating to Hinduism, Buddhism, and historical architecture — all set in one of the nicest museum environments I have seen in Asia.
Kathmandu's back streets are perfect for finding restaurants that look too small to be restaurants, and it's at these gems that you'll quite possibly get the most authentic look at this quickly developing country. Stop in for a meal, or even just a tea, and get the local low-down. This is where I have met some of the more interesting people in the city.
Mustang is the region of Nepal by the Tibetan border; it's an incredibly beautiful area, and one in which the Nepali government enforces many regulations for entering. This restaurant, on the other hand, will let anyone in — despite its name! Located in the heart of Thamel, Mustang Thakali Chulo is one of the few places where you can get a good Dahl Baht at a Nepalese price (as opposed to paying two to three times that at some of the more touristic eateries). You will find mostly locals here, with the occasional traveler/tourist who has been lucky enough to stumble upon it (or read this recommendation!)
The Crematoria is off the beaten path for sure — and it's definitely not for everyone. However, if you're open, then this can be an incredible experience. In many western cultures, death is a dark concept; but for Hindus, who believe in reincarnation, it offers a new start. Here at the Crematoria, the bodies of the deceased are burned at the priers and their ashes returned to the Bagmati River.
Bungmati and Khokana are two of the oldest settlements in the Kathmandu valley. Walking down the streets here feels like you’ve stepped back in time to a simpler era — you'll be strolling side by side with goats, chickens, and cows. You'll also pass local residents making their handicrafts, a terrific opportunity to buy wooden masks and jewelry directly from the folks making them!
The name 'Bhojan Griha' translates to 'house of food,' but this spot is much more than a house! The restaurant occupies an impressive building, which dates back more than 150 years and once belonged to Nepali royalty. Here, you can absorb the culture through more than just the food. You'll get to witness cultural performances while you dine, and there are beautiful grounds to explore — all in a setting of traditional art and architecture.