Shopping in Northern Tanzania

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Arusha

    Shanga

    What started as a small enterprise making beaded necklaces has branched into furniture, paper, clothing and many other products, mostly using recycled materials and made by workers with disabilities. The products are sold around the world, and a visit to the workshop and store, based at Arusha Coffee Lodge, is quite inspiring.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Arusha

    Schwari

    Quality handicrafts and classy homewares, children's toys and national-park maps – Schwari has picked the best of local crafts to create a fine collection. Combine your visit with lunch at Blue Heron.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Cultural Heritage

    The large and unmissable Cultural Heritage craft mall on the western edge of Arusha has all the usual souvenirs as well as some less common items. Shopping is hassle-free, but prices are higher. There’s a DHL office here, as well as the lovely Fig & Olive bar.

  • Shopping in Moshi

    Moshi Mamas

    A local craft cooperative run by, as the name suggests, a handful of friendly local mamas, this place sells beadwork, kitenge cloth and a small collection of other craft items made by the cooperative's members. It's signposted on Boma Rd but about 100m up an arcade, past Riverside Shuttle.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Mt Meru Curios & Crafts Market

    Souvenirs (and a few high-quality items) are here at Mt Meru Curios & Crafts Market, often incorrectly called the Maasai Market. Hard bargaining is required, but it's worth persisting, as the market has the widest selection in central Arusha.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Jamaliyah

    This original little Aladdin's cave of a place makes and sells picture frames made of dhow wood. Step inside and start fossicking or talk with the friendly owner and you're bound to find something you like.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Tanzanite Experience

    One of many shops selling tanzanite; this one has set up a little museum about the rare gem, which is mined almost exclusively in the Kilimanjaro area.

  • Shopping in Moshi

    I Curio

    Better than the ordinary craft shops, and with fixed prices. Also stocks a small selection of national-park maps and books.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Kilombero Market

    Arusha's largest market is a sprawling, jostling mass of humanity simply going about its business. Watch out for the handcarts filled with wares – they'll knock you over if you don't get out of the way. This is very much a local market and no-one, expect maybe the pickpockets, will pay you much attention.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Central Market

    The chaotic Central Market (aka Soko Kuu: ‘Big Market’) in the heart of the city is worth an hour or two of strolling time. While you might see a few other travellers, the market survives more off the local trade and is all the more interesting because of it.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Kase

    Your best bet for national-park books and maps. If the Boma Rd shop doesn't have what you want, try the other branch around the corner.

  • Shopping in Arusha

    Kase

    This excellent bookshop has another branch around the corner on Boma Rd.

  • Shopping in Moshi

    Shah Industries

    Lots of interesting leatherwork, some of it made by people with disabilities.