Shopping in Madagascar

  • Top ChoiceShopping in The Great Reef

    La Chocolaterie Robert

    The Tuléar outpost of this celebrated purveyor of fine Malagasy chocolates carries a small but exquisite range – buy by the piece or in prewrapped packs.

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    Marché Artisanal de La Digue

    A popular place to pick up souvenirs is this market located about 12km out of town on a bend in the Ivato airport road. There are products from all over the country, including embroidered tablecloths, raffia products, woodcarvings, spices, vanilla, gemstones etc. Bargaining is essential – divide the initial price by three or four and work from there. A taxi (around Ar20,000 return) is the easiest way to get here and back with your purchases. Otherwise, if you’re going to the airport with a taxi, leave an hour early and stop on your way there. Cash only.

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    Lisy Art Gallery

    This huge shop stocks anything and everything you could possibly want to bring back from Madagascar, from bottles of rhum arrangé (rum with macerated fruit) to leather goods, raffia baskets, hats and spices. The only thing you won’t find are gemstones. Prices are fixed but reasonable. It’s a short taxi ride from the centre (Ar10,000 one way). Card payments accepted. It has recently expanded across the road.

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    La Chocolaterie Robert

    Madagascar's most celebrated chocolate maker has a lovely little boutique next to the Leader supermarket within sight of Pl de l'Indépendance. Some of the pieces can be bought individually, there are some already packaged, and the only problem is choosing what to buy. If only all of life's decisions were so pleasurable.

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    Épicerie Fine La Ferme de Morarano

    This shop sells the products of an organic farm in the highlands. It specialises in essential oils, which its uses in a range of natural lotions and potions (moisturiser, shampoo, soap etc). You can also buy the oils themselves in small bottles, along with artisan jams, chutneys and spices.

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    Le Jardin des Sens

    Local essential oils of ylang-ylang, black pepper, katrafay (Malagasy bush tree) and more scent the air here, where you can also stock up on honey, spices, soaps and skin products. Set in a beautiful old house, Le Jardin des Sens has knowledgeable staff who offer massage (50 minutes, Ar40,000) and reflexology (20 minutes, Ar20,000).

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    Pili Pili Dock

    If you'd like a gourmet souvenir from Madagascar, look no further than Pili Pili Dock. The boutique is stunning and everything is beautifully packaged – spices, condiments, soaps, essential oils and more. Prices are obviously higher than in a market, but you pay for the presentation and the convenience.

  • Shopping in The Great Reef

    Handicrafts Market

    More than two dozen stalls of local handicrafts line the street at this recently opened handicrafts market. You'll find woodwork, basketry, textiles and other items, and what it lacks for the atmosphere of more traditional market spaces, it makes up for with quality and choice.

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    Ampangorinana Craft Market

    Ampangorinana has an interesting craft market with beautiful cut-work embroidered tablecloths and curtains, excellent wood carvings and paintings spilling out of almost every house. There are also spices, vanilla and massage oils on sale.

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    Roses & Baobab

    A collective of 85 local artists showcasing sculptures, woodcarvings, paintings, metalwork and more. The quality varies, but it's worth poking your way around the warren of rooms in search of treasure.

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    Couleur du Monde

    You'll go in here for the chocolate, but then be tempted by the zebu-horn and shell jewellery, raffia bags, vanilla, shells and all sorts of gifts. It's difficult to tear yourself away from this gem.

  • Shopping in Antananarivo

    La Teeshirterie

    By far the best place to come for Madagascar’s funky T-shirts. You’ll find all the main brands here (Baobab, Carambole, Maki etc), and a large choice of models and sizes. Credit cards accepted.

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    Kudeta Etnik Shop

    A gorgeous boutique stocking high-end, well-finished Malagasy products such as raffia baskets and purses, silk scarves, jewellery, framed photographs and original clothes by Malagasy designers.

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    La Natura

    Indigenous essential oils and health-related products such as noni juice and aromatherapy goodies fill the shelves here, along with local spices. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable.

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    Le Village

    A nautical air pervades this shop, with pictures of fish, brass instruments and very impressive models of ships made of wood. They'll pack and post anywhere in the world.

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    Jewelers By Bleu Nuit

    Dark-blue walls and good lighting set off the stylish silver jewellery here, some with gemstones, some plain. There is also a range of rather classy handbags.

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    Boutique Chocolat

    Madagascar produces superb chocolate and here's a wonderful place to buy it. The exquisite creations cost around Ar10,000 for 100g.

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    Arom et Sens

    This small boutique has a wide range of essential oils as well as soaps, shampoos and other related beauty and wellness products.

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    CS Events

    For hiking, camping gear and the like; there is a wide but expensive selection of international branded products.

  • Shopping in Antananarivo

    La Boutique

    This pleasing little shop sells a stylish array of gifts, from baskets and scarves to baobab-themed ornaments.