Top things to do

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Thimphu

Trashi Chho Dzong

This splendid dzong, north of the city on the west bank of the Wang Chhu, seems to fit seamlessly into the valley, lending the city both regal splendour and monastic weight. The dzong was the site of the lavish form…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Thimphu

Changangkha Lhakhang

This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, who came from Ralung i…
Top Choice Cafe in Thimphu

Ambient Café

A central, bright and well-run place, popular with expats, many of whom treat it as a de facto office. It offers free wi-fi, good espresso coffee, homemade cakes and ice cream, and daily vegetarian lunch specials, i…
Top Choice Italian in Thimphu

Seasons Restaurant

This deservedly popular restaurant specialises in thin-crust pizzas, but also offers daily specials and excellent salads, including a smoked beef, blue cheese and pear salad (Nu 480). The alfresco patio overlooking …
Top Choice Market in Thimphu

Weekend Market

Thimphu's 'Weekend Market' occupies the west bank of the Wang Chhu, just north of Changlimithang Stadium. Vendors from throughout the region start arriving on Thursday and remain until Sunday night. Most people comb…
Top Choice Buddhist Monument in Thimphu

National Memorial Chorten

This large Tibetan-style chorten is one of the most visible religious structures in Thimphu, and for many Bhutanese it is the focus of their daily worship. It was built in 1974 as a memorial to the third king, Jigme…
Top Choice Museum in Thimphu

National Textile Museum

Thimphu's best museum is part of the Royal Textile Academy and is the place to learn about Bhutan's living national art of thagzo (weaving). The ground floor focuses on royal ghos, including the wedding clothes worn…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Thimphu

National Institute for Zorig Chusum

This institute, commonly known as 'the painting school', operates four- to six-year courses that provide instruction in Bhutan's 13 traditional arts. Students specialise in painting (furniture, thangkas – painted re…
Top Choice Burgers in Thimphu

Cloud 9

You may not have come to Bhutan to eat burgers but if the hankering for something familiar hits, this Australian-Bhutanese place really delivers the goods. The ingredients are top-notch, with house-baked brioche bun…
Top Choice International in Thimphu

Zone

This expat favourite is half-bar, half-diner, with a Bhutanese twist. There's burgers and fries, house-made ice cream, ribs (including yak), pizza, momos, hot dogs, and fish and chips. The outdoor pub-style seats ar…