Shopping in Thimphu is an experience in itself for someone who loves to explore the roots of a destination’s culture when he or she is travelling. The shopping outlets, markets and stores of Thimphu have one thing one common: they sell items that display the beauty and depth of Bhutanese tradition and culture.
Right from the embroidered boots to the handmade papers to the hand-woven textiles that are worn by the country’s royals to the day to day clothing of the region, the shopping experience of Thimphu creates a benchmark through its quality. Some of the most popular places for shopping in Thimphu include Norzin Lam Craft Stalls, Sephub Gyeltsen Tsongkhang, Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar, Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre, and Tarayana Rural Products among others.
Norzin Lam Craft Stalls
Located in a prominent area right opposite the Taj Tashi Hotel, there are dozens of stalls lined up in the middle of Norzin Lam. All of these stalls sell some of the fine pieces of local crafts.
Sephub Gyeltsen Tsongkhang
If you are looking to buy some of the finest readymade clothes, including the traditional Bhutanese ones or the ones worn by the locals regularly, Sephub Gyeltsen Tsongkhang will serve the purpose.
Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar
ABC, the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar also known as the handicraft market of Thimphu is a perfect place to get a glimpse inside the art and craft of Bhutan.
Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre
Located in Changzamtog, at the south end of Thimphu, the Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre is a privately owned centre which produces traditional hand-woven textiles of the region.
Tarayana Rural Products
Tarayana Rural Products is one place in Thimphu where you will find some of the most authentic pieces of traditional craft. Tarayana is essentially an NGO established by Bhutan's Queen Mother Dorje Wangmo