Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Thimphu

Tarayana Rural Products

Bhutan's Queen Mother Dorje Wangmo (the fourth king's wife) established this NGO to support rural communities across Bhutan through the marketing and selling of traditional crafts. These include paper products...

Top ChoiceSports & Outdoors in Thimphu

Bhutan Traditional Archery Shop

This traditional bow and arrow maker at the Changlimithang Archery Ground sells bamboo bows, lacquered and strung to order. Expect to pay Nu 1800 for a bow, Nu 800 for a hand-spliced string, and Nu 800 for a pair...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Thimphu

Norzin Lam Craft Stalls

Dozens of craft stalls line the middle of Norzin Lam opposite the Taj Tashi hotel. It's the single best place in Thimphu to shop for crafts, with stalls selling everything from embroidered boots to handmade paper.

Top ChoiceReligious Supplies in Thimphu

KMT Yangkhil Book Shop

One of the best-stocked religious shops in Thimphu, selling everything from Buddhist scriptures and Buddha statues to kangling thigh-bone flutes.

Market in Thimphu

Handicrafts Market

Across the Kundeyling Baazam cantilevered footbridge from the Weekend Market, this handicraft market on the east bank sells everything from wooden bowls and mala beads to printing blocks, amulets and yak tails....

Clothing in Thimphu

Sephub Gyeltsen Tsongkhang

This is one of Thimphu's best cloth and clothing stores, with ready-made ghos (traditional dress for men) costing from Nu 2000 and kiras (traditional dress for women) costing from Nu 850, and all the needed...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Thimphu

Philatelic Bureau

This shop below Thimphu's main post office sells Bhutanese stamps, first-day covers and – if you bring in a digital photo of yourself on a USB stick – fully functioning postage stamps bearing your own likeness...

Books in Thimphu

DSB Books

Thimphu's best selection of magazines and newspapers, as well as coffee-table and other books on Buddhism, Bhutan and the region. It's on the ground floor of the Jojo Building; enter from the lane behind Chang Lam.

Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Lungta Handicraft

This place has two floors of souvenirs from across Bhutan and further afield. The best buys here are larger items such as bamboo boxes, burl-wood dhapa (bowls), carpets, metal ewers, horse saddles and monastic...

Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Craft Gallery

Run by the Gyalyum Charitable Trust, a personal project of the Queen Mother promoting traditional arts and crafts, this smart showroom sells high-quality textiles, daphne paper, natural beauty products and other...

Clothing in Thimphu

Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre

This private weaving centre at the south end of Thimphu produces expensive but high-quality hand-woven textiles and has a selection of ready-made garments for sale (scarves, belts, jackets, shawls and kira). You...

Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Choki Handicrafts

Set in a block of craft shops, Choki sells masks, thangka paintings, local clothing and other souvenirs. Many of the items are produced by the affiliated Choki Traditional Art School.

Religious Supplies in Thimphu

Nado Poizokhang Incense Showroom

This showroom sells incense made at the nearby Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory, which you can visit to watch the production process. It's opposite the Sunshine Primary School.

Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Dolkar Handicrafts

Opening hours are erratic and the prices are high at this eccentric crafts store, often staffed by a doma-nut-chewing grandma, but there are some genuine antiques on sale among the fading bric-a-brac.

Religious Supplies in Thimphu

Dhar Tshongkhang

The best-stocked dhar (prayer flag) shop in town, selling everything from multicoloured strings of flags to the tall, white, pole-mounted memorial flags that dominate the hillsides above Thimphu.

Shoes in Thimphu

Traditional Boot House

No prizes for guessing what's on sale at this small shop in a traditional house near the National Textile Museum. Colourfully embroidered tshoglham boots cost from Nu 5000 per pair.

Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

National Handicrafts Emporium

This government-run souvenir emporium has fixed prices and there's a good range of masks, paintings, textiles, and carved wooden items such as traditional food bowls and arra pots.

Sports & Outdoors in Thimphu

Above Himalaya Trekking Store

The best trekking-gear store in town sells and rents sleeping bags, tents, wet-weather gear, solar battery chargers and even bottled oxygen. It also sells traditional basketware backpacks.

Clothing in Thimphu

Dorji Gyeltshen Tshongkhang

The family-run and well-stocked places has shelves piled high with bolts of Bhutanese fabric and ready-made gho and kira (traditional dress for men and women).

Books in Thimphu

Junction Bookstore

A bookshop with a community feel (and a weekly reading club), Junction has a small but well-chosen selection of books about Bhutan, and there's a little cafe upstairs.