Sea Cliff Village
A project of Maasai Women Development Organisation (MWEDO), this small shop raises money for education and other projects. Has expensive, but high-quality beadwork (and a few other crafts), including some items seldom sold elsewhere, like Christmas ornaments.
Dar es Salaam’s best bookshop, with classics, modern fiction, travel guides, Africa titles, maps and more.
Aminata Boutique , in the covered entry passage to Arusha Naaz Hotel, has textiles.
Lots of interesting leatherwork, some of it made by people with disabilities.
At this excellent workshop, disabled artists create world-class jewellery, sculptures, candles, stationery and other crafts from old glass, metal, car parts and other recycled materials. There’s a small shop on the grounds. Crafts can also be commissioned (and sent abroad), and you can watch the artists at work. A visit is an inspiring experience, and a city highlight.
The dark, narrow passageways of the chaotic Darajani market assault the senses, with occasional whiffs of spices mixing with the stench of fish, the clamour of vendors hawking their wares, neat, brightly coloured piles of fruits and vegetables, and dozens of shops selling everything from plastic tubs to auto spares.
Prices are slightly higher here than elsewhere in town, but quality is good and the atmosphere calm. There’s also a selection of Tingatinga-style paintings.
This long-standing gallery has a fine collection of souvenirs, textiles, woodcarvings, antiques and more.
African-themed home decor.