Shopping in Around the Kathmandu Valley

  • Shopping in Patan

    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 watch the carpet-makers at work (the centre employs 1000 refugees) before shopping upstairs for the finished article. The quality is high, there is a good selection, the prices are transparent and staff can arrange shipping. Carpet quality depends on knots per inch and the price is worked out per square metre. The size of a traditional Tibetan carpet is 1.8m by 90cm (around US$500). They also sell fixed-price cashmere and yak-hair shawls. Credit cards are accepted for a 4% fee.

  • Shopping in Patan

    Kumbeshwar Technical School

    Near the Kumbeshwar Temple in the backstreets of Patan, this small workshop provides disadvantaged low-caste families (primarily the pode or streetsweepers' caste) with training, education and a livelihood, producing carpets, knitwear and furniture. Sales from the showroom help fund the attached primary school.

  • Shopping in Patan

    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, block prints, pashminas, woodcrafts, jewellery, knitwear, statues, leather bags, embroidery and Mithila paintings. There’s a smaller branch in Kathmandu’s Lazimpat district. Credit cards are accepted.

  • Shopping in Bhaktapur

    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 all up and running again, so you can witness the production process and buy quality Nepali paper products.

  • Shopping in Patan

    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 cheaper cards. It's next to the Uma Maheshwar Temple and makes for a nice break from temple gazing.

  • Shopping in Patan

    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 decorations, created by over 1200 low-income producers. It's probably the single best shop on Kupondol. Credit cards are accepted.

  • Shopping in Patan

    Patan Industrial Estate

    Despite the unpromising name, this tourist-oriented crafts complex boasts a number of workshop showrooms selling high-quality carpets, woodcarvings and metalwork, if you have a special interest. It’s around 500m southeast of Lagankhel bus stand.

  • Shopping in Patan

    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 fibres are also used.

  • Shopping in Patan

    Sana Hastakala

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