Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Arusha


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...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Arusha


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.

Food in Northern Tanzania

Maasai Honey

This wonderful community-run concern has taken the local tradition of bee-keeping and transformed it into an income-generating project. It's been so successful that you may have seen its honey on your breakfast...

Arts & Crafts in Northern Tanzania

Bead by Bead

Run by the local Maasai Women's Bead Co-op, this is the pick of the roadside souvenir shops that you find in this corner of the country. It all revolves around the bead here, with jewellery, place mats and other...

Gifts & Souvenirs 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...

Arts & Crafts 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....

Market 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...

Homewares in Arusha


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.

Jewellery 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.

Arts & Crafts 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.

Market 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...

Market 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...

Books in Arusha


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.

Books in Arusha


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