Shopping in Nairobi

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    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.

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    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 relatively high, but there’s none of the hard sell you’d get in town. A portion of all proceeds goes to local conservation and other charitable projects.

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    Matbronze

    More than 600 wildlife bronzes by Denis Mathews (from jewellery and small lion-cub-footprint dishes to much larger pieces running into thousands of dollars) make this one of the most appealing places to shop in Kenya. It's all produced at the on-site foundry and every piece is a work of art.

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    City Market

    One of the city’s main souvenir businesses is concentrated in this covered market, which has dozens of stalls selling woodcarvings, drums, spears, shields, soapstone, Maasai jewellery and clothing. It’s a hectic place and you’ll have to bargain hard (and that means hard), but there’s plenty of good stuff on offer.

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    Spinners Web

    This place collaborates with workshops and self-help groups around the country. It’s a bit like a handicrafts version of IKEA, with goods displayed the way they might look in a living room. There are some appealing items, including carpets, wall hangings, ceramics, baskets, clothing and wooden bowls.

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    Banana Box

    Amid the rather-less-altruistic commercialism of the Sarit Centre, Banana Box works in conjunction with community projects and refugee groups and offers modern uses for traditional objects. It’s one of the better handicrafts stores around town, with an upmarket feel but reasonable prices.

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    Friday Maasai Market

    On Fridays the popular Maasai craft market opens up here in the upper car park of Village Market.

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    Tuesday Maasai Market

    Busy, popular Maasai markets move around the city according to the day of the week and are excellent shopping experiences. Sites change regularly. At the time of research, markets were held every Tuesday at the Prestige Plaza on Ngong Rd, with other locations on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Wares include beaded jewellery, gourds, baskets and other Maasai crafts.

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    National Museum Shop

    Apart from a small and largely unimaginative collection of curios, Kenya's museum shop has one of the country's best selections of books about Kenya and surrounding places. You can enter without paying the museum admission fee.

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    K1 Flea Market

    This small flea market at the K1 Klub House is a terrific way to spend a morning. The shopping experience is limited to a few stalls, but the brunch is excellent and the atmosphere casual and cool.

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    Prestige Bookshop

    If you're looking for books on Kenya and Africa in the downtown area, this small bookshop is a terrific resource.

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    African Heritage Design Company

    With various outlets around town, including this one out in Karen, the African Heritage Design Company has a classy range of statues, ceramics and textiles. Not all of the items are from Kenya, but the quality is good.

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    Atul’s

    Hires out everything from sleeping bags to folding toilet seats.