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.
Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Choki Handicrafts

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

Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre

This private centre at the south end of Thimphu produces handwoven 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 pho…
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…
Sports & Outdoors in Thimphu

Sachok Enterprise

If you are desperate for a piece of gear for your trek, this place has a limited range of genuine and fake brand-name equipment, and the owner is honest about what's what. Sleeping bags, water purification tablets a…
Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Sangay Arts & Crafts

You can purchase works by students of the National Institute for Zorig Chusum at this nearby shop, run by a former student.
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…
Arts & Crafts in Thimphu

Lungta Handicraft

The best buys here are the larger items like bamboo boxes, carpets, metal ewers, and even horse saddles and monastic trumpets. The antiques all have stamped seals from the National Commission of Cultural Affairs (NC…
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…