Bir is popular for paragliding. However, the dining scene is deficient and boring. If you are looking for high-end and fine dining options in Bir, there are none. Budget and mid-end eateries are also very limited in number. We tried some of the eateries.
- Hotel Classic Surya Restaurant in Tibetan Colony (Lower Bir) serves Indian, Chinese and Continental food. This mid-end restaurant has indoor and outdoor space for meals and snacks.
- Vashnav Dhaba, located near Hotel Classic Surya Restaurant, offers unlimited set Indian meals for INR 50.00 per person. We sampled the lunch, it was good. However, the menu was limited to dal, roti and two vegetables.
- Emaho Café in Tibetan Colony has both indoor and outdoor dining space. The basic eatery serves Tibetan, Indian and Chinese items, including momo, rice, mix vegetable and kali (black) dal. The rates are reasonable. For example, price of mix vegetable with rice was INR 100.00 and that of momo was INR 50.00 per plate (12 pieces of momos).
- Munish Chatwala, a make-shift food stall, sells Indian chats such as aloo tikki and kulcha chola. We tried aloo tikki with channa (INR 10.00 per plate (2 pieces)). We bought four plates. One of aloo tikki was stale and tasted bad. So, second time, we did not buy from him.
- The self-service Garden Café near Chowgan Chowk, which opens mainly in tourist season, serves Tibetan and European dishes.
- Milan Café near Bir Landing Site offers Italian dishes like lasagna and pizza. Since Milan is also a basic eatery, it lacks ambience.
In Tibetan Colony, there are one or two small dark shops that serve liquor and meat. We have not tried any of these.
The colony has vegetable, fruit and grocery shops, where Amul Taza (tetra pack) milk, bread, bananas and other seasonal fruits can be bought to supplement the “restaurant” food.
In Upper Bir, you will find traditional sweet shops where you can order hot tea, Indian sweets and savories.