Northern Tanzania shopping

Top Choice Arts & 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 ar…
Top Choice Arts & 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 tabl…
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 dec…
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 office…
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. It's…
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 wide…
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.