Must-see shopping in Around the Kathmandu Valley

  • Jawalakhel Handicraft Centre


    Anyone who appreciates carpets should visit this Tibetan refugee cooperative, where Nepal’s enormous carpet industry was essentially born in 1960. You can…

  • Kumbeshwar Technical School


    Near the Kumbeshwar Temple in the backstreets of Patan, this small workshop provides disadvantaged low-caste families (primarily the pode or…

  • Mahaguthi


    Mahaguthi was founded by a Nepali disciple of Mahatma Gandhi and its Kupondol showroom is a treasure house of dhaka weavings, handmade paper, ceramics,…

  • Peacock Shop


    This paper emporium is near the Peacock Window, down the side of Pujari Math. Although the paper workshop was badly damaged by the 2015 earthquake it's…

  • Image Ark


    This bright and colourful modern gallery in Patan's old town casts a light on Nepali multimedia and pop art, selling both limited-edition prints and…

  • Dhukuti


    Dhukuti packs in three floors of home furnishings, textiles, shawls, scarves, bags and rugs from the Nupri region of Manaslu, and even has Christmas…

  • Patan Industrial Estate


    Despite the unpromising name, this tourist-oriented crafts complex boasts a number of workshop showrooms selling high-quality carpets, woodcarvings and…

  • Dhankuta Sisters


    Come here for tablecloths, cushion covers and clothing made from dhaka-style cloth from eastern Nepal. Most items are cotton, but silk, banana and nettle…

  • Sana Hastakala


    A recommended place for paper, batiks, Mithila crafts, felt products and clothing woven from natural fibres. Credit cards accepted.