Must-see shopping in Nepal

  • 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…

  • Tibetan Mini Market

    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…

  • 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…

  • Dhankuta Sisters

    Come here for tablecloths, cushion covers and clothing made from dhaka-style cloth from eastern Nepal. Most items are cotton, but silk, banana and nettle…

  • 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…

  • Helping Hands

    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…

  • 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.

  • Sana Hastakala

    A recommended place for paper, batiks, Mithila crafts, felt products and clothing woven from natural fibres. Credit cards accepted.

  • Nepal Mandala Bookshop

    There is no dearth of bookshops in Lakeside but Nepal Mandala probably has the best selection of books and maps in town.

  • Holyland Hiking Shop

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

  • Sonam Gear

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

  • Nepal Book Depot

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

  • North Face

    The only outlet selling the real thing at prices similar to home.

  • Happy House

    With a good selection of souvenirs, this small, family-run business produces its own honey in various delectable flavours and sells batik art and…

  • Women Art & Handicrafts Shop

    For batik clothing, jewellery, hand-painted T-shirts and elephant-dung paper, which is a lot nicer than it sounds. No sign: located directly beneath Gig…

  • Tsering Art School Shop

    The shop at Shechen Gompa has an on-site workshop that produces painted and embroidered thangkas and incense. The shop also sells Buddhist reference books.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Big Mart

    A useful supermarket in Lazimpat.

  • Pilgrim's Market

    This is the place to find an inexpensive (often plastic) souvenir. Located near the main entrance, it's a very long row of shops all selling similar…