Thimphu shopping

Top Choice Arts & 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 to shop for crafts, with stalls selling everything from embroidered boots to handmade paper.
Stamps in Thimphu

Philatelic Bureau

Thimphu's main post office is the unlikely location for one of Bhutan's most unique gifts. Bring a favourite digital photo on a USB stick or have a portrait taken on the spot and staff will print you a sheet of pers…
Clothing in Thimphu

Sephub Gyeltsen Tsongkhang

This is one of Thimphu's best cloth stores, with ready-made ghos (traditional dress for men) costing from Nu 2000 for cotton-wool blends or Nu 2500 for 'silk-look' varieties, and hand-woven cloth ghos costing as muc…
Market in Thimphu

Handicrafts Market

Across the Kundeyling Baazam cantilever footbridge from the Weekend Market, on the west bank, is this handicraft market, selling everything from wooden bowls and mala beads to printing blocks, amulets and yak tails.…
Arts & 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 sale of traditional crafts. Crafts here include paper products fr…
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 Jojo's Shopping Complex; enter from the lane behind Chang…
Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Choki Handicrafts

Choki sells masks, thangka, paintings and other souvenirs, while an affiliated shop downstairs specialises in painted Bhutanese furniture, including lama tables called choektse. Many products come from the affiliate…
Clothing in Thimphu

Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre

This private centre at the south end of Thimphu produces hand-woven textiles and has a selection of cloth and ready-made garments for sale (scarves, belts, jackets). You can watch weavers at work (not Sunday) and ph…
Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Yarkay Central Building

If you prefer to keep the legwork to a minimum, this shopping complex has several craft stores under one roof, including Yangkha Arts and Crafts, for thangka paintings, and Kelzang Handicrafts, for handwoven scarves…
Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

National Handicrafts Emporium

This government-run souvenir emporium has fixed prices and takes credit cards. There are a wide range of products under one roof, including traditional boots, bamboo baskets and festival masks. It closes an hour ear…