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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
“This place is a must for all those who enjoy a good beer, some live music and to mingle with people from all walks of life. Make sure to go there on a Friday or Saturday night when the place is more happening, unless you happen to have a large enough group to make your own party on other days.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“One can get a Full View of the City, from this Point. This is one of the Major Tourist Hotspots. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the mountains of Bhutan celebrating the 60th anniversary of fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck.[1] The statue houses over one hundred thousand smaller Buddha statues, each of which, like the Great Buddha Dordenma itself, are made of bronze and gilded in gold.[2] The Great Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of Sherab Wangchuck, the thirteenth Desi Druk, overlooking the southern approach to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Construction began in 2006 and was planned to finish in October 2010, however construction did not conclude until 25 September 2015. The completed work is one of the largest Buddha rupas in the world, at 169 feet (52 m) and contains 100,000 8-inch-tall and 25,000 12-inch-tall gilded bronze Buddhas.[3][4]”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Tashichhoedzong (བཀྲ་ཤིས་ཆོས་རྫོང) is a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan, on the western bank of the Wang Chu. It has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi (or "Deb Raja"), the head of Bhutan's civil government, an office which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907, and summer capital of the country.[1] In old British documents, it is known as Tassisudon.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“To look at how Bhutanese used to live many many years ago - whilst not leaving Thimphu!”
  • 1 local recommends
Art Gallery
“VAST is always interesting as they have many different exhibitions by local artist. Vast itself is a organization that has lead the movement of modern Bhutanese art and the spirit of creativity among the youth. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This is best textile academy in Bhutan. This royal textile academy is situated at Thimphu Bhutan. The best infrastructure. This is non-profit organisations for development of Art and culture of Bhutanese people's. It is best museum of Bhutanese art and culture. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“The Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa (Dzongkha chöten, cheten) in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital. The stupa, built in 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1928–1972), is a prominent landmark in the city with its golden spires and bells.[1”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Motithang Takin Preserve, located in the Motithang district of Thimphu, Bhutan is a wildlife reserve area for takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Originally a mini-zoo, it was converted into a preserve when it was discovered that the animals refrained from inhabiting the surrounding forest even when set free. The reason for declaring takin as a national animal of Bhutan on 25 November 2005 (Budorcas taxicolor) is attributed to a legend of the animal’s creation in Bhutan in the 15th century by Lama Drukpa Kunley.[1][2][3]”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful restaurant run by a Bhutanese husband and Korean wife, fast service with a limited menu but yummy. A favorite of locals and visitors.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Cafe located in the heart of Thimphu serving vegetarian meals. Open Friday - Wednesday 9:00am-9:00pm. Best coffee in the town with lovely ambience. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“It is a monument to the Third Druk Gyalpo and to World Peace. The Memorial Stupa, Thimphu, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, is a stupa in Thimphu, Bhutan, located on Doeboom Lam in the southern-central part of the city near the main roundabout and Indian military hospital.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“This traditional Bhutanese temple perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drukgom Shigpo, originally from Ralung in Tibet.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Beautiful restaurant run by a Bhutanese husband and Korean wife, fast service with a limited menu but yummy. A favorite of locals and visitors.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends
Asian Restaurant
Restaurant
“The Little Vietnam Restaurant is the one and only Vietnamese restaurant in Bhutan and the food is very good there. They have a quite and cozy place.”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends
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