Shopping in Kathmandu – 10 Best Things to Buy in Kathmandu, Nepal

Shopping in Kathmandu – 10 Best Things to Buy in Kathmandu, Nepal

Are you in Kathmandu or are you planning to visit soon? Don’t know what to buy in Kathmandu? Don’t have any ideas where to buy?

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We are here for you with the list of the things you must buy in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is growing as shopper’s paradise making your shopping experiences exciting, unique and fun. There are numerous tourists’ shops from where you can buy varieties of pieces of jewelry, statues, handicrafts, clothing and much more.  Each place in Kathmandu has its specialty. From big supermarkets, Malls to trendy boutiques, from the premium brand to high-end fashion, you can find almost everything and anything on your bucket list.

So, here are the top ten lists of the best things you can buy in Kathmandu:

10 Best Things to Buy in Kathmandu, Nepal

1. Nepalese clothing

Nepalese traditional woolen clothing is one of the largest exports of the country and one of the most favorite tourist souvenirs. They are generally made from Yak and sheep wool. They are popular worldwide and are very cheap to buy here in Kathmandu. The most popular items are woolen sweaters, hats, gloves, shoes, slippers. Similarly, shirts, trousers, blouse are others popular items to buy. These goods are durable provides warmth due to which most people love to wear in the winter.


Similarly, you can buy several different types of quality pashmina in Kathmandu. Scarfs and ladies shawls made of pashmina are best things to buy. Thamel, Asan, Indrachwok are the best place to get these.

2. Khukuri

famous place of nepal

Khukuri is one of the best things to buy in Kathmandu since it has a long epic story related with the Gorkhas soldiers. According to history, Gorkhas soldiers have fought and won many world wars with this khukuri.  It is long curved blade with a unique slashing edge. It can be one of the excellent souvenirs for you, especially for collectors. Khukuris made in Nepal are of high quality. Traditional Nepali khukuri consist of two small attachment blades: one for sharpening the main blade and other as a pen knife. The good place to buy this is Thamel.

3. Thankas paintings

Thankas paintings in Nepal started in about 14th century AD. It is the origin of Buddhist art of paintings. It is painted in on a cotton or silk with embroidery, usually showing the Buddhist god or Mandala, or famous scene.It is very different than regular oil or acrylic paintings. It is a piece of the picture which is painted over which a fabric is attached and then over which silk is used as cover.

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Nepali thankas painting
thankas painting

Since Kathmandu has a large number of Hindus and Buddhists, it can be the best souvenirs for anyone.  Thamels, Bouddha, Swayambhu are the key place to buy it.

4. Made in Nepal Handicrafts

Kathmandu is famous for its unique handicrafts. There are large numbers of handicrafts like prayers wheels, traditional masks, puppets, wooden sculptures, pottery items, kettles, knives, trinkets which are often mass produced. These handicrafts are considered Nepal second biggest tourists souvenirs.

nepali handicraft
nepali handicraft

So, whenever you are in Kathmandu, don’t forget to buy these products. The best place to buy this is in Thamel, Bhaktapur, Lazimpat.

5. Singing Bowls

One of the best things to buy in Kathmandu is singing bowls. These are made of metal and when rubbed in a circular motion by a small wooden stick produces a low/high pitch sound. That’s why it is called singing bowls.

nepali singing bowl
nepali singing bowl

They are available in various sizes. There are two types of singing bowl available in Kathmandu.  Handmade and machine made. The handmade bowls are disappearing gradually and very hard to find but they are very expensive to buy. Machine bowls are easily available in the markets and they cost less compared to handmade. Bouddha, Bhaktapur, Basantpur are the best places to shop it.

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