Shopping in Northern Ethiopia

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Aksum

    St George Gallery Axum

    One of the best shops in northern Ethiopia, St George has that rare combination of simple tourist items and fine pieces of art and antiques, although the quality tends towards the latter. Religious paintings (including triptych and on goat skin), silver crosses and jewellery make up the bulk of the collection.

  • Shopping in Gonder

    Project Ploughshare Women’s Crafts Training Center

    This centre in Wolleka is helping disadvantaged women rekindle local pottery traditions, along with traditional Amhara weaving and basketry. You can watch the women working Monday to Saturday and buy the high-quality pottery every day.

  • Shopping in Lalibela

    Fine Art Gallery

    The one shop that stands out from Lalibela’s throng of souvenir shacks. Inside are beautiful watercolour and sepia paintings created by local artist Tegegne Yirdaw. He’s often around outside normal shop hours.

  • Shopping in Gonder

    Kindu Trust

    This child-sponsorship charity has a small store selling baskets, banana art and beads made from recycled magazines. Some items are also sold at Lodge du Chateau.

  • Shopping in Lalibela

    House of the Lalibela Artisans

    Set up to help local artisans market their work, this modest collection has some textiles, basketry, figurines and paintings. You can sometimes see some of the weavers at work in the courtyard.

  • Shopping in Bahir Dar

    Craft Kiosks

    You'll find a handful of small stalls selling fairly standard souvenirs here, a block back from the lake's edge, but you may also find the makers of the delightful agelgil (goat-skin lunch boxes).