Craft Bazaar

Stretching down the middle of Norzin Lam from the National Textile Museum to the luxurious Taj Tashi Hotel, a line of simple bamboo huts house Thimphu's highest concentration of Bhutanese handicrafts and souvenirs.

The craft bazaar is one of the capital's most interesting places to browse, with heaps of malas (prayer beads), glossy wooden bowls, brass Buddha statues, grimacing skull masks, sheaves of delicate handmade paper, jewel-toned scarves, and even mugs decorated with photographs of royalty. While some stalls specialize in specific handicrafts — papermaking, woodcarving, or weaving — others offer a wide range of items, made almost entirely in Bhutan.

Whatever you're after, be prepared to bargain!