Shopping in Nepal

  • Shopping 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 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.

  • Shopping 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 a coffee and break at the charming One Tree Café, set around an old banyan tree and employing mostly hearing-impaired waiters.

  • Shopping 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 before the pulp is spread over a frame to dry. The finished product folds without creasing and is used for all official Nepali documents.

  • Shopping in Kathmandu

    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.

  • Shopping 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 jackets (Rs 50 to Rs 60) are available for rent, with a deposit of around Rs 8000.

  • Shopping in Kathmandu

    Tibet Book Store

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

  • Shopping in Janakpur

    Janakpur Women’s Development Centre

    At this art studio in the village of Kuwa, about 1km south of Murali Chowk, around 40 Maithili women produce paper paintings, papier-mâché boxes and mirrors, screen-printed fabrics and hand-thrown ceramics. The bright colours and animated imagery are both unique and delightful, and the money raised goes directly towards improving the lives of rural women.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 Hard Wear, Marmot and the Kathmandu-based Sherpa brand are nearby.

  • 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 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 should aim to pay on the street if you don’t mind haggling.

  • 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 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.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Ilam

    Ilam Tea House

    This superb little shop has every tea product that you could possibly want to buy, and some charming old ladies to sell it to you. Located near the Green View Guest House, its counter opens directly onto the street.

  • Shopping in Pokhara

    Women's Skills Development Organisation

    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.

  • Shopping in Pokhara

    Sherpa Adventure

    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.