Kathmandu shopping

Arts & Crafts in Kathmandu

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 hand…
Design in Kathmandu

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 …
Paper Products in Kathmandu

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 befo…
Homewares in Kathmandu


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 outl…
Sports & Outdoors in Kathmandu

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 ja…
Books in Kathmandu

Tibet Book Store

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

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 Har…
Arts & Crafts in Kathmandu

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 s…
Clothing in Kathmandu

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.
Incense in Kathmandu

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.