Top Choice Tea 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.
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.
Arts & Crafts 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 brig…
Carpets 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 ref…
Fair Trade 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, producin…