Shopping in Namibia

  • Top ChoiceShopping 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 prices and be assured that all proceeds go to the producers. Ask about their places to stay as an alternative to the city's hotels.

  • Shopping in Swakopmund

    Cosdef Arts & Crafts Centre

    This worthy project supports local artisans and unemployed people by providing a shopfront for their work. The quality is high and the overall message, one of building sustainability in local communities, is one that deserves support. For an idea of what's available, check out https://namibiacraftcollections.wordpress.com or its Facebook page. Opening hours were in a state of flux at the time of writing, at least on weekends.

  • Shopping in Windhoek

    Old Breweries Craft Market

    This hive of tourist shopping euphoria contains a heap of small and large shops with a range of African arts and crafts on offer. A couple of our favourite shops are Woven Arts of Africa, with some wonderfully fine weavings in the form of wall hangings and rugs; and ArtiSan, a small, poky shop with genuine Bushmen crafts.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Windhoek

    Namibia Crafts Centre

    This place is an outlet for heaps of wonderful Namibian inspiration – leatherwork, basketry, pottery, jewellery, needlework, hand-painted textiles and other material arts – and the artist and origin of each piece is documented. We like the root carvings.

  • Shopping in Swakopmund

    Peter’s Antiques

    This place is an Ali Baba’s cave of treasures, specialising in colonial relics, historic literature, West African art, politically incorrect German paraphernalia, and genuine West African fetishes and other artefacts from around the continent.

  • Shopping in Swakopmund

    Die Muschel Book & Art Shop

    Swakopmund's best bookshop, with German- and English-language books. It's great for guides and maps, and esoteric works on art and local history are also available here.

  • Shopping in Windhoek

    Post St Mall

    The throbbing heart of the Windhoek shopping district is the bizarrely colourful Post St Mall, an elevated pedestrian walkway lined with vendors selling curios, artwork, clothing and practically anything else that may be of interest to tourists.

  • Shopping in Opuwo

    Kunene Craft Centre

    Opuwo’s brightly painted self-help curio shop sells local arts and crafts on consignment. You’ll find all sorts of Himba adornments smeared with ochre: conch-shell pendants, wrist bands, chest pieces and even the headdresses worn by Himba brides. There’s also a range of original jewellery, appliqué pillowslips, Himba and Herero dolls, drums and wooden carvings.

  • Shopping in Rundu

    Ncumcara Community Forestry Craft Centre

    Very reasonably priced woodcarvings from a sustainable source are on offer at Ncumcara Community Forestry Craft Centre, a neighbourhood craft shop. The carvings are high quality with proceeds going back to the local community. It’s 35km south of Rundu; if the shop is unattended, just wait for someone to show up and open the gate.

  • Shopping in Omaruru

    CmArte Gallery

    This arts-and-crafts outlet has some really good crafts, including some from local artists, alongside imported antiques from both Angola and the DRC. It’s worth sticking your nose in here and having a good rummage around, as you just may find a gem. We like some of the black-and-white wildlife sketches, both framed and unframed.

  • Shopping in Tsumeb

    Tsumeb Arts & Crafts Centre

    This craft centre markets Caprivian woodwork, San arts, Owambo basketry (also some great basketry from the San), European-Namibian leatherwork, karakul weavings, and other traditional northern Namibian arts and crafts. There’s a very helpful, jolly lady overseeing what is a small but interesting selection.

  • Shopping in Swakopmund

    Kirikara

    Handicrafts and homewares from across Africa make this shop a modern-day Aladdin's Cave of pottery, fabrics, jewellery, baskets, masks and statues and just about anything else that takes the owners' fancy. Not everything may be from Namibia, but it's guaranteed to be very desirable.

  • Shopping in Windhoek

    Cymot Greensport

    This is the place to head for supplies before you head off into the Namibian wilds – it’s good for air compressors, a vital accessory. It is also a supplier of quality camping, hiking, cycling and vehicle-outfitting equipment.

  • Shopping in Katima Mulilo

    Caprivi Arts Centre

    Run by the Caprivi Art & Cultural Association, the centre is a good place to look for local curios and crafts, including elephant and hippo woodcarvings, baskets, bowls, kitchen implements, and traditional knives and spears.

  • Shopping in Rundu

    Covered Market

    Take a stroll around this large market, which is one of Namibia's most sophisticated informal sales outlets. From July to September, don't miss the fresh papayas sold straight from the trees.

  • Shopping in Swakopmund

    Baraka Le Afrique

    Baraka has a quirky portfolio that ranges from pith helmets and a handful of antique African maps to Tintin in the Congo clocks and modern versions of colonial nostalgia homewares.

  • Shopping in Swakopmund

    Karakulia Weavers

    This local carpet factory produces original and beautiful African rugs, carpets and wall hangings in karakul wool and offers tours of the spinning, dyeing and weaving processes.

  • Shopping in Windhoek

    House of Gems

    A reputable shop in Windhoek for buying both raw and polished minerals and gemstones.

  • Shopping in Windhoek

    Safari Den

    Gear for 4WD expeditions.

  • Shopping in Swakopmund

    Craft Market

    Swakopmund's artisans and souvenir sellers have gathered together here all in the one place. It's worth a wander, although the quality varies, and there are an awful lot of carved-wood giraffes.