Top things to do

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 al fresco patio overlooking…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Thimphu

Changangkha Lhakhang

This popular fortress-like temple perched 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 in Ti…
Top Choice Art School 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 Dzong in Thimphu

Tashi 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 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 Chorten 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 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 Western in Thimphu


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…
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 Live Music in Thimphu

Mojo Park

Thimphu's premier live-music venue and bar, strong on blues, rock and reggae and friendly to boot. Check its Facebook page for upcoming gigs: most start about 9pm.