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Backstreet Academy

House no. 112, Dam Side, | Pokhara 17 (Near German Bakery), Pokhara 33700, Nepal
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Excellent class

The cooking class was top notch. The instructor was very relaxed and answered all of our questions... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tucker T
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Boulder, Colorado
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Great local experience!

I Had a great time making Dal Bhat with Yangchen! She was super friendly and we had interesting... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2018
Morven M
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Explore Nepali culture through our exclusive collection of travel experiences - carve a marble slab, cook momos or learn traditional dancing, the backstreets offer the richest interaction with the culture and people of a place. Immerse yourself in the de facto Nepali experience where the local backdrop retains its integrity and originality and discover a side of the city you never knew, available only through the forgotten backstreets. Backstreet Academy works with many competent yet struggling craftsmen with whom we structure a course together to teach the world about their traditional craft. Be it at their home or their workshops, we offer our guests access to a 'behind the scenes' experience that is often overlooked. This is the real local, the real Nepal, the real experience. And as you discover the backstreets, we will pair you with a facilitator who will help you translate and make sure you have a great time while making an impact. Courses available include: - Marble Carving - Animal Sculptures - Momo Cooking Class - Dal Bhat Cooking Class - Laptop Sleeve Making - Rice Sack Bags - Batik - Dry Flower Art - Traditional Dance Lessons Our other cities include: Phnom Penh | Siem Reap | Kathmandu | Luang Prabang | Vientiane
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“momo making” (7 reviews)
“cooking class” (4 reviews)
“refugee camp” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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House no. 112, Dam Side, | Pokhara 17 (Near German Bakery), Pokhara 33700, Nepal
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cooking class was top notch. The instructor was very relaxed and answered all of our questions. The pace was nice and the momos turned out delicious. It was also interesting to meet some (very friendly) people from the Tibetan community.

Thank Tucker T
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

I Had a great time making Dal Bhat with Yangchen! She was super friendly and we had interesting discussions.

Thank Morven M
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

It was a wonderful experience that both my son and I enjoyed very much! Our very polite, smiling host Yangchen picked us up from our meeting point and then we headed to her home and her lovely kitchen. I have to stress-because that was a...More

Thank Manya L
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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the momo making class in the tibetan quarter. The session was interactive and we were able to eat the delicious results.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I absolutely loved our MoMo cooking class with Yangchen. It was one of our favorite experiences during our 5 week trip to Nepal. Yangchen was an excellent teacher. We cooked in her home in the Tibetan Refugee camp with vegetables from her...More

Thank Ben C
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

We did Dal Baht with Yangchen with was fun but after the chopping was not that interactive however Dal Baht isn’t that hard to do so not sure how she could have made it more interactive. Also did the momo’s with a big group which...More

1  Thank Assamti
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Kanti T, General Manager at Backstreet Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Hi Assamti, Thank you for this great review.We are glad that you had fun with the group while making momos. And yes we try our best to cater special requests of our guests. :) Yangchen is a lovely host like you said and we will...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

First of all, when they called it a cooking class I thought it meant I was joining a class, not that I would be the only person. It was an ok session but really overpriced in my opinion. It was over in less than an...More

Thank Olivia M
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Anilbackstreet, General Manager at Backstreet Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Hi Olivia, I am afraid your review does not accurately portray who we are nor the events that transpired on the day that you had the momo cooking class with us. Please allow us to clarify: 1. At Backstreet Academy, we pride ourselves in being...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2017

It was a very enjoyable time making momo with Tenzing! I didn't cook much at home so I was a bit clumsy during the class. But Tenzing and Karma (the facilitator) were both patient and encouraging. I will definitely try to make some at home!...More

Thank cheuk yu c
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Kanti T, General Manager at Backstreet Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Hi cheuk yu c, We are glad that you had a great time with our host Tenzing and facilitator Karma at the Tibetan camp.We always aim to provide the most local cooking class where guest not only learn about cooking Nepalese food but also learn...More

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I had an excellent time making laptop sleeves at the Woman's Skills Development Organization. Everyone was very friendly and helpful and the finished product was perfect. I would recommend it to anyone visiting the Pokhara area!

Thank Thomas W
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Kanti T, General Manager at Backstreet Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Dear Thomas W, Thank you for this lovely review for our Laptop sleeves workshop in Pokhara. We hope we can host you again in the future. :)

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

My wife and kids (8 and 12) took this class a while back and really enjoyed it. The experience was enjoyed by all and they really enjoyed helping with the cooking and eating(!) of the food. The host was very friendly and all in all...More

Thank akpastor
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Kanti T, General Manager at Backstreet Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Dear akpastor, Thank you for booking several classes with us throughout your stay in Pokhara. All of our hosts remember you and your family and how they were thoroughly interested in all the classes. :) Happy travels and see you next year in Pokhara!

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