Shopping in Kathmandu

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    Baber Mahal Revisited

    Originally built in 1919 by the then prime minister for his son, this unique complex of neoclassical Rana palace outbuildings has been redeveloped to house a warren of chic clothes shops, designer galleries and handicraft shops, as well as a couple of top-end restaurants and stylish bars. The classiest shopping experience in the city, prices are as high as the quality.

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    One Tree Stop

    It’s worth popping in to peruse this small but interesting collection of quality and unique gifts produced by a hand-picked roster of women’s groups, NGOs and local design studios. After a browse, head upstairs for a coffee and break at the charming One Tree Café, set around an old banyan tree and employing mostly hearing-impaired waiters.

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    Paper Park

    One of the best of several shops in Thamel that sell handmade paper products, from photo albums to paper lamps. The paper comes from the lokta (daphne) plant, whose bark is boiled and beaten with wooden mallets before the pulp is spread over a frame to dry. The finished product folds without creasing and is used for all official Nepali documents.

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    Mahaguthi

    Good range of crafts and home furnishings, much of it made by disadvantaged or minority groups, with transparent pricing on pashminas (Rs 2325 for a pashmina-silk blend). Credit cards accepted. There’s a larger outlet and collection of other fair-trade stores in Kopundol in Patan.

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    Shona’s Alpine Rental

    Reliable rentals and gear shop that makes its own sleeping bags and offers advice on the best trekking gear for your trip. Get a season warmer than they recommend. Sleeping bags (Rs 70 to Rs 120 per day) and down jackets (Rs 50 to Rs 60) are available for rent, with a deposit of around Rs 8000.

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    Tibet Book Store

    The best collection of Tibet-related titles, once owned by the Tibetan government-in-exile.

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    North Face

    One of several pukka (not fake) gear shops on Tridevi Marg, offering imported gear at foreign prices. These shops sell everything from Black Diamond climbing gear to US Thermarests. Other brands such as Mountain Hard Wear, Marmot and the Kathmandu-based Sherpa brand are nearby.

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    Amrita Craft Collection

    This broad collection of mass-produced crafts and clothing is a good place to start your souvenir shopping. Quality isn’t top-notch, but subtract 20% from its fixed prices and you get a good benchmark for what you should aim to pay on the street if you don’t mind haggling.

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    Tara Oriental

    This designer’s studio is the best place for top-end designer pashmina throws, scarves and sweaters, retailing at around US$160. Yes, it’s expensive but it’s top-end stuff. Show your LP guide for a 20% discount.

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    Aroma Garden

    As the name suggests, this is Thamel’s sweetest-smelling shop. It’s a good one-stop shop for dhoop (incense), essential oils, Himalayan soaps and almost anything else that smells heavenly.

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    Hi-Himal Sports Wear International

    This friendly gear shop makes its own down products and offers equipment rental, including down jackets (Rs 60 to Rs 100 per day), sleeping bags (Rs 150 to Rs 200) and Chinese-made tents (Rs 150).

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    Vajra Books

    This knowledgeable local publisher offers an excellent selection of academic books and is a magnet for local writers and researchers. Ask to see the expanded section upstairs.

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    Pilgrims Book House

    Kathmandu's best bookstore tragically burned down in 2013. Its reincarnation has risen from the ashes and still has a good selection of titles.

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    Holyland Hiking Shop

    The better trekking gear shops are at the southern end of Thamel, and Holyland is one of the better choices.

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    Sonam Gear

    Sonam makes its own brand of quality trekking gear, with this the larger of its two shops in Thamel.

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    Nepal Book Depot

    Good prices, a central location and a huge selection of new and secondhand titles.

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    Curio Arts

    Durbar Marg has several top-end showrooms concentrating on statues, Tibetan furniture and other crafts. Curio Arts is a good place to start.

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    Bhat Bhateni Supermarket

    One of the the largest supermarkets in the city, with 13 stores, though the location is slightly inconvenient, south of the Chinese embassy.

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    Big Mart

    A useful supermarket in Lazimpat.