The woven and stitched bags, belts and toys display real skill and care, and make a great souvenir. Sales help generate income for disadvantaged women across rural Nepal. There's another branch in Lakeside Central.
Sherpa Adventure is the place to find outdoor gear that is of a better quality than most of the counterfeit stuff that dominates the bazaar. They also sell genuine gear from Osprey, Keen, Ice Breaker and Exped.
The people's cooperative society of Tashi Palkhel run this arcade in Lakeside East where you can shop for Tibetan crafts, organise a tour of the refugee camps, and grab a plate of steaming hot momos.
Over 80% of the woven products on sale here have been made locally by deaf and blind men and women in an initiative to empower local people with disabilities.
There is no dearth of bookshops in Lakeside but Nepal Mandala probably has the best selection of books and maps in town.
The only outlet selling the real thing at prices similar to home.