Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Lhasa


This impressive nonprofit enterprise aims to bolster traditional Tibetan handicrafts in the face of rising Chinese and Nepali imports. Products are unique and of high quality, and they are made using traditional tec…
Sports & Outdoors in Lhasa

Outlook Outdoor Equipment

This trekking shop has a dwindling selection of Western-quality sleeping bags (¥350 to ¥600), Gore-Tex jackets, and tents, plus hard-to-find imported knick-knacks like altimeters, trekking socks and Primus cook sets…
Carpets in Shigatse

Tibet Gang Gyen Carpet Factory

Beside the Gang Gyan Orchard Hotel, 100m down a side alley, this workshop hires and trains impoverished women to weave high-quality wool carpets. Upon arrival you’ll be directed to the workshop, where you can watch …
Carpets in Lhasa

Snow Leopard Tibet Traditional Handicrafts

This tiny place sells high-quality carpets and yak-wool blankets – all made from wool sourced in western Tibet – at fixed prices. At around ¥160 per square foot, a 4ft by 6ft carpet costs around US$600. Ask for frie…
Market in Lhasa

Tromsikhang Market

This bazaar-like area in the old town has the widest selection of dried fruit and nuts (imported from Xīnjiāng) and is the place to buy such Tibetan specialities as tsampa (roasted-barley flour), churpi (dried yak c…
Food in Lhasa

Norling Supermarket

Located near the Muslim quarter, this Tibetan-run Nepali import shop sells everything from muesli and digestive biscuits to Indian spices, sun cream and dried coconut, though at prices higher than in Nepal.
Sports & Outdoors in Shigatse

Toread Outdoor Sports

If you are headed off on a trek but are totally unprepared, Toread is one of several shops in the city centre where you can pick up basic Chinese-made tents, sleeping bags and outdoor clothes.
Arts & Crafts in Shigatse

Tibetan Market

The open-air market in the Tibetan old town is a good place to pick up low-grade Tibetan crafts and souvenirs, such as prayer wheels, rosaries and traditional Tibetan boots. Bargain hard. The street market just to t…
Food in Ganden Monastery

Monastery Shop

Sells basic supplies like water and instant noodles.
Arts & Crafts in Lhasa

Barkhor Supermarket

The souvenir stalls that once clogged the Barkhor circuit were recently shepherded into this new three-storey concrete building with a Tibetan facade. It's quite charmless and there are no antiques here, but there's…