A landmark in hippie history. In the pre-Lonely Planet days of the late '60s and early '70s, the Pudding Shop (founded 1957) was a bottleneck for all the overland traffic passing through on its tie-dyed, spliff-addled way east to Kathmandu. In addition to the food, the place served up travel information, courtesy of the two brothers who owned it, a busy bulletin board, and the like-minded company.
It even crops up in the movie Midnight Express. Smartened up for the 21st-century tourist - plate-glass windows, gleaming display cabinets and slick staff - the restaurant still doles out basic canteen-style fare, no better or worse than half a dozen similar restaurants along this strip.