Arts & Crafts in Pemba

Artes Maconde

Even if you don’t think you want to buy crafts, it’s worth stopping in at the excellent Artes Maconde at Avani Pemba Beach Hotel. It sells a wide range of quality carvings, crafts and textiles sourced from...

Market in Pemba

Mercado Mbanguia

Pemba's most interesting market is in the Natite neighbourhood near where Avenida Marginal meets Avenida Eduardo Mondlane. It's a large, sprawling affair that seems to sell everything bar, possibly, the kitchen...

Arts & Crafts in Vilankulo

Machilla Magic

This place sells an appealing selection of reasonably priced handicrafts, 95% of which are made from reclaimed or recycled materials. It's on the beach road, about 2.5km north of Hotel Dona Ana.

Arts & Crafts in Nampula

Makonde Collective

The place to buy Makonde crafts – primarily the legendary woodcarvings – plus you can see the craftspeople at work. It's located in an open compound behind the ethnology museum.

Arts & Crafts in Ibo Island


A community-run shop-cafe selling Ibo coffee, shawls, handmade baskets and locally made silver jewellery. If you're hot and hungry, cake, empanadas and ice cream are on offer too.

Arts & Crafts in Maputo

Casa Elefante

A good place to buy capulanas (sarongs). It’s opposite the Municipal Market. There are many tailors nearby.

Arts & Crafts in Mozambique Island

Missanga Craft Shop

A great spot to examine and buy local Makonde woodcarvings as well as locally made basketry, shawls and cosmetics.

Books in Maputo


Diagonally opposite the South African High Commission, with a small selection of English-language books and magazines.