Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Dhaka


Charming folk handicrafts and clothes with a funky modern twist. You'll find the best brightly painted toy rickshaws here, and if you've time to order in advance you can even get yourself inserted into your own...

Mall in Dhaka

Bashundhara City

Claiming to be the 12th largest mall in the world, Bashundhara City is worth visiting to experience the middle-class Bangladeshi dream. In the swish surroundings there are something like 2000 shops and...

Clothing in Rangpur

RDRS Enterprise

Run by the same NGO that runs the RDRS Guesthouse next door, this small outlet specialises in satranji mats and rugs, and also stocks some very tasteful cotton and silk saris. All products are sourced from...

Market in Dhaka

New Market

New Market

Dhaka’s largest market, and that's saying something. Sells pretty much anything you can imagine. Keen shoppers and browsers could lose a day here (and there are plenty of food concessions to restore flagging...

Clothing in Dhaka


Three floors of top-quality traditional Bengali clothing and handicrafts, including some lovely children’s clothes and toys, fabulous embroidery as well as a variety of jute products.

Clothing in Dhaka


Traditional hand-woven Bangladeshi garments of superior quality and design. Certainly not the cheapest, but definitely among the most stylish.

Tea in Srimangal & Around

M/S Ahmed Tea House

Ahmed, like many other shops dotting the approach to the train station, sells tea from the surrounding tea estates. It’s mostly Ispahani tea from the Zareen Tea Estate, although you’ll also see Finlays teas. You...

Rickshaws in Dhaka

Bangshal Rd

This street in Old Dhaka, and the adjoining Kazi Alauddin Rd, is the place to buy rickshaw parts, rickshaw art or even rickshaws themselves. The art is painted on thin strips of tin (later attached to the back of...

Books in Dhaka

Boi Bichitra

Dhaka's best bookstore (with seven outlets across the city) stocks a good range of Asian and international bestsellers. There's a good line of magazines and periodicals (we're talking GQ, Esquire and Harper's...

Clothing in Dhaka


A good place for all your Bangladesh souvenirs under one roof. Aarong is the biggest name in quality Bengali clothing and handicrafts, and is the retail branch of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee...

Market in Dhaka

Banga Bazar

Large, hectic clothing market with seconds, and factory overruns that would otherwise have been heading for European and American brands, providing plenty of scope for bargain hunting for the persistent fashionista.

Arts & Crafts in Dhaka


The fair-trade handicrafts shop attached to the excellent Viator guesthouse, this place has a selection of trinkets, paintings, textiles and carvings.

Books in Dhaka

First Chain Bookshop

Large bookshop with good range of English-language books, especially kids books, and music CDs. It has a small cafe and juice bar, and free wi-fi. You can buy online, too.

Clothing in Dhaka


Mirpur branch of the retail division of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), which aims to create employment for economically and socially marginalised people through the promotion of traditional...

Clothing in Dhaka


Helping support women in Bangladesh, this quiet shop and cafe sells colourful Bangladeshi clothing and handicrafts.