Shopping in Africa

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Lagos

    Jazz Hole

    An offspring of the great Glendora Books, Jazz Hole is primarily a book and record store. In this oasis of calm in the mile-a-minute city, sip tea in the lovely cafe and get cultural lessons from the proprietor – ask to see his own book about Abeokuta. Special events and performances in the evenings.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Max & Jan

    Brace yourself for the future of Marrakesh: Belgian-Swiss design duo Jan Pauwels and Maximilian Scharl have taken over multiple premises to create this giant temple to contemporary Moroccan design. One side is all about quirky jewellery, colour-pop ceramics, posters and cheeky slogan T-shirts, while the other features jazzy caftans, slouchy active-wear and outrageously embellished jackets that wouldn't look out of place on the catwalk.

  • Shopping in Cairo

    Caravanserai

    Think ‘Sahara chic’ is an oxymoron? Think again. Caravanserai (meaning a roadside inn where traders and travellers could get some R&R after a tough journey) offers beautiful furniture that fuses Egyptian oriental design with effective minimalism. The gift shop offers small decorative items, such as bowls and wall decor, as well as hanging lamps and lanterns.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Bab Doukkala & Riad Laârous

    Mustapha Blaoui

    Treasure hunters rejoice: this is a one-stop shop for all things artisanal. Moroccan lanterns drip from the ceilings of this grand emporium that features well-made delights collected by owner Mustapha Blaoui. Concealed behind an inconspicuous wooden door with no sign, the large space offers a relaxed shopping experience amid several chock-a-block rooms holding everything from cushions and carpets to tables and teapots.

  • Shopping in Tunis

    Jolla

    As the pioneers of the ‘carton’ furniture movement and the first designers of these products in Africa, Jolla stocks a range of surprisingly hardy and ecofriendly cardboard furniture pieces as well as accessories, clothes and jewellery from other designers. Browse a range of wares from designers across the region, stocked because of Jolla's focus on charitable foundations and ecological products.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Johannesburg

    27 Boxes

    This shipping-crate complex of boutiques, galleries and eateries is well on its way to establishing its Melville street cred. A newly planted park, indigenous nursery, and fun kids' playground add to the allure. 27 Boxes highlights include fantastic bread from the Baker Brothers, African-inspired clothes and souvenirs from Krag Drag, and delectable Portuguese cuisine from Reserved Cafe.

  • Shopping in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Lalla

    Find Laetitia Trouillet's stylish handcrafted bags at her smart boutique in Gueliz. She works with Moroccan artisans to produce these elegant accessories with African, Berber and Middle Eastern accents. Trouillet is French but spends half the year in Marrakesh, and the shop also sells a nicely curated mix of purses, scarves and cheeky t-shirts showcasing local craftsmanship and design.

  • Shopping in Kasbah & Mellah

    Kaftan Queen

    Kaftan Queen is light and airy with a changing room fit for royalty, with Syrian mirrors and elegant chandeliers. Everything is reasonably priced, from caftans made for everyday wear to delicately beaded babouches (leather slippers) in colourful suedes and a range of kimonos. Clutch bags made from locally sourced fabrics and tassels make for a perfect Marrakesh souvenir.

  • Shopping in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Some Slow Concept Store

    In a spacious 1936 villa, the Some Slow Concept Store blends the artisanal heritage of Marrakesh with modern-day tastes and trends. Six cosy rooms spread across two floors showcase quality homeware ranges of chic crockery, textiles, lighting and objets d'art. A kitchen pantry selling gourmet artisanal food items leads to a secret vegetarian cafe in a tranquil sunken courtyard.

  • Shopping in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Atelier 44

    Locals from Casablanca and Rabat make the trek to Marrakesh to shop at Atelier 44's collection of fine contemporary Moroccan designers who are keen to showcase their handmade goods in the Red City. The spa downstairs offers a range of treatments, and the owner’s background in the cosmetic industry means only the finest products are used (and also line the shelves for sale).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Kampala

    Kampala Fair

    Selling gorgeous women's kitenge dresses in traditional patterns, separates, children's clothing and some batik pillows, this fair-trade boutique is a solid choice for keepsake clothing, with craftsmanship superior to that you'd find in the market and a treasure trove of colours and styles. If you are in town a few days they can even do alterations.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Tangier

    Boutique Majid

    You can get lost for hours in this exotic antique shop, but the real gem is Majid himself. Straight out of central casting (including his red fez), Majid will regale you with stories of the Rolling Stones, Anthony Bourdain and other luminaries while showing you his amazing collection of Moroccan doors, jewellery, artefacts, clothing, fabrics and carpets.

  • Shopping in Tangier

    Librairie des Colonnes

    A famous landmark with wonderful architecture, this Tangier bookshop has a decent English section and carries classics from the city's literary past. There are frequent book readings and events, including author appearances. It was once the haunt of Paul Bowles, Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett and Marguerite Yourcenar, and is an institution in Tangier.

  • Shopping in Accra

    The Shop Accra

    Opened by sisters Lorraine and Loretta Ocloo, The Shop Accra was a first for the city. Not just a hip shop offering jewellery, fashion and all kinds of Ghanaian memorabilia and homewares, it's also a very cool hang out that sells smoothies and juices (from C10) and local snacks (from C15) in its covered, but plant filled mini-backyard.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Tangier

    Las Chicas

    Just outside the kasbah, this is an eclectic mishmash of a shop, stocking art pieces, homewares, cosmetics and some exquisite designer clothes. It also has a charming cafe (Dh70–150), serving innovative brunches and set menus. Offering a fun twist on the usual Moroccan style, this place is an absolute treat.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Nairobi

    Souk

    Some of Kenya's more creative artists, photographers, leatherworkers and other high-quality artisans and artists have come together under one roof – the result is one of Kenya's most discerning shopping experiences. It shares premises with the equally excellent Tin Roof Cafe.

  • Shopping in Tangier

    Les Insolites

    This cute bilingual bookstore and photography gallery is a modern reminder of the city's remarkable literary history. Books are curated by the staff, who'll be happy to offer a recommendation and chat about Tanjaoui life. The photo gallery includes exhibitions by Moroccan artists, and lectures are occasionally held.

  • Shopping in Cairo

    Mamelouk

    If you hate haggling at the souq, Mamelouk is a top place to pick up souvenirs at fair prices. Handmade pottery, fabrics and painted tiles punctuate a busy room stacked with everything from furniture to Sphinx figurines. The shop doesn't accept cards, but an ATM is around the corner at the Vodafone shop.

  • Shopping in Medina

    Kandinsky Art Gallery

    The medina has more than its fair share of shops selling junk masquerading as antiques and artworks unworthy of that appellation, but this shop/gallery isn't one of them. Quality is the hallmark here, as evident in the old books, prints, paintings and objets d'art offered for sale.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Accra

    Global Mamas

    This shop, which stocks pretty dresses, hats, tops, accessories (including lush scented shea butter) and kids clothes in colourful fabrics, is part of a bigger Fair Trade enterprise that promotes sustainable income-generating activities for women. Everything sold here is handmade in Ghana.