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Top ChoiceBooks 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 –...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Mouassine & Central Souqs

Max & Jan

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...

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Watershed

One of the best places to shop for souvenirs in Cape Town, this inventively designed retail market gathers together over 150 tenants representing the cream of Capetonian and South African producers of fashion,...

Top ChoiceJewellery in Harare

Patrick Mavros

His clients may include Bruce Springsteen, Kate Middleton and the king of Spain, but Patrick Mavros' stunning handmade silver jewellery is very affordable. The shop has a spectacular setting, overlooking a...

Top ChoiceArt in Zanzibar Town

Cultural Arts Centre Zanzibar

Organised by the dedicated Hamad and other local artists, with an emphasis on quality and distinctiveness, this arts centre and shop provide a refreshing change from the wooden animals and tinga-tinga art found...

Top ChoiceMarket in Green Point & ­Waterfront

OZCF Market Day

Produce grown on the Oranjezicht City Farm and other local farms is sold every Saturday here alongside many other edible and souvenir products. It's a great event – one of the best of its kind in Cape Town – with...

Top ChoiceCosmetics in Mouassine & Central Souqs

L’Art du Bain Savonnerie Artisanale

Art du Bain's biodegradable, pure olive oil soaps carry the scent of Marrakesh in them: honey, orange blossom, jasmine, eucalyptus – there's even a chamomile milk version for children – plus scrubs and ghassoul...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

Anamil

If you're looking for a unique Moroccan woollen rug or high-quality local souvenirs, Abdess Anamil can help. His small shop is crammed with beautiful things, some of which he has cherry-picked from the workshops...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Windhoek

Penduka

Penduka, which means ‘wake up’, operates a nonprofit women’s needlework project at Goreangab Dam, 8km northwest of the city centre. You can purchase needlework, baskets, carvings and fabric creations for fair...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Guild

Trevyn and Julian McGowan have made a business out of cherry-picking the cream of the South African design community and promoting it to the world in annual collections. Opened in 2017, this is their permanent...

Top ChoiceMarket in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Bay Harbour Market

This imaginatively designed indoor market at the far end of Hout Bay Harbour is one of Cape Town's best. There’s a good range of stalls selling items from clothes to craftwork, as well as very tempting food and...

Top ChoiceDesign in Mouassine & Central Souqs

Souq Cherifia

Short-circuit souq fatigue and head straight for this converted funduq (inn once used by caravans) where younger local designers congregate on the 1st floor in the Carré Créateurs (Artisan Sq). Pick up...

Top ChoiceShoes in Addis Ababa

soleRebels Footwear

Eight years after being founded by designer Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu to help talented artisans in her neighbourhood, soleRebels Footwear's shoes are made using locally sourced natural fibres, hand-made fabric and,...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Medina

Ed Dar

Up winding tiled stairs, the rooms of this traditional dar are filled with rugs, textiles and antique musical instruments; downstairs there’s everything from antique Tabarkan coral charms to puppets. The house’s...

Top ChoiceShopping Centre in Victoria Falls (town)

Elephant's Walk Shopping & Artist Village

A must for those in the market for quality Zimbabwean and African craft, this shopping village is home to boutique stores and galleries owned by a collective that aims to promote and set up local artists.

Top ChoiceDesign in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

Sidi Ghanem

Modern Moroccan design fanatics head 4km out of the central city to the industrial district of Sidi Ghanem to scour local designer factory outlets and showrooms. Negotiate a taxi set rate of Dh150 to Dh250 for...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Mouassine & Central Souqs

Sissi Morocco

This memorable Marrakesh brand has taken old sepia photos of Amazigh tribal women and incorporated them into hand-embroidered and printed bolster cushions, tote bags, purses and t-shirts. The results are...

Top ChoiceCosmetics in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

Naturom

Naturom's neatly packaged and keenly priced argan, verbena and orange-blossom beauty products are all 100% certified organic, using pure essences and essential oils to ensure everything is hypoallergenic. With...

Top ChoiceBooks in Cairo

American University in Cairo Bookshop

The best English-language bookshop in Egypt, with a huge selection of material on the politics, sociology and history of Cairo, Egypt and the wider Middle East, as well as other more general non-fiction titles....

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Nairobi

Utamaduni

Utamaduni is a large crafts emporium and easily one of the best places to souvenir shop in Nairobi, with more than a dozen shops selling all kinds of excellent African artworks and souvenirs. Prices start...