Shopping in Tanzania

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Zanzibar Town

    Cultural Arts Centre Zanzibar

    Organised by the dedicated Hamad and other local artists, with an emphasis on quality and distinctiveness, this arts centre and shop provide a refreshing change from the wooden animals and tinga-tinga art found elsewhere in Stone Town. On sale are stunning paintings in traditional and contemporary styles, plus jewellery, candles, soaps and craftware items, mostly made by local cooperatives around Zanzibar.

  • 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.

  • Shopping 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 table at one of the Serengeti's lodges. In addition to honey (expect to pay around TSh12,000 for a 500g jar), it sells lip balm, soap and candles.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Dar es Salaam

    Wonder Workshop

    At this excellent workshop, artists with disabilities create world-class jewellery, sculptures, candles, stationery and other crafts from old glass, metal, car parts and other recycled materials. There’s a small shop on the grounds. Crafts can also be commissioned (and sent abroad), and Monday through Friday you can watch the artists at work.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Iringa

    Boma

    The craft store at the Boma museum has a terrific selection of gifts and crafts, with a specialism in quality handwoven fabrics. This is the place to buy special scarves and wraps; it also sells kids' clothes and soft toys, fabric-hanging storage, notepads and books.

  • 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 Dar es Salaam

    Tingatinga Centre

    This excellent centre is at the spot where Edward Saidi Tingatinga originally marketed his designs, and it’s still one of the best places to buy Tingatinga paintings and to watch the artists at work.

  • Shopping in Zanzibar Town

    Moto & Dada Shop

    This shop sells products from Moto, a Zanzibar-wide handicraft cooperative that supports the island's rural economy by selling bags, sun hats, baskets, mats and other goods woven from ukili (palm leaves), and from Dada, a similar scheme helping local women sell cosmetics and foodstuffs made from natural local materials.

  • Shopping in Michamvi Peninsula

    Jenga

    Jenga is a social enterprise offering Zanzibari entrepreneurs a platform (both online and in-store) from which to sell handmade products. And what products they are: bags and clutches in colourful graphic fabrics, laptop cases made from kite-surfing sails, beaded bracelets, natural beauty products and more. The main Jenga shop is on the Michamvi Peninsula, near Upendo and opposite The Rock.

  • Shopping in Zanzibar Town

    Upendo Means Love

    This multifaith community project builds bridges between Zanzibar's minority Christians and the largely Muslim population through its sewing school and fashionable boutique. The result: stylish ladies' and children's summerwear in funky fabrics, plus cross-cultural friendships and economic independence. Danish fashion students help keep the line fresh and on-trend. The shop is opposite Zanzibar Coffee House, or you can buy online.

  • Shopping in Zanzibar Town

    Zenji Boutique

    A well-curated showcase of eclectic Zanzibari and Tanzanian crafts displayed with details of their provenance and production. Kit yourself out with upcycled beach bags made from rice sacks or dhow sails, or choose from metalwork sculpture, pretty jewellery made from recycled plastics, and much more. It's all beautifully displayed in a dedicated shop area inside the Zenji Cafe.

  • Shopping in Zanzibar Town

    Fahari

    Shop and social enterprise Fahari combines traditional Zanzibari skills with the cutting-edge expertise of accessories designer Julie Lawrence to produce eye-catching bags in leather and ukili (woven palm fonds), delicate oyster-shell jewellery and kaftans fit for a Spice Island honeymoon. All manufacture is carried out in the workshop, which you can see as you shop.

  • Shopping in Zanzibar Town

    Sasik

    The cushions, coverlets and throws in Sasik are the work of self-taught Saada Abdullah Suleiman and her team of over 45 Zanzibari women. Their intricate vegetal designs in bright primary colours are influenced by typical Swahili and Arabian patterns, many of them originating in the carved doors around Stone Town. Buy off the shelf or order bespoke designs and colour schemes.

  • Shopping in Zanzibar Town

    Doreen Mashika

    For Zanzibari high fashion head to this store on Hurumzi St. Trained in Switzerland, Doreen has a signature style that effortlessly combines African prints and materials with European designs, producing beaded collars and cuffs, printed pencil skirts, horn-and-silver necklaces and bags in loud African prints. Any outfit can be made to measure within two to three days.

  • Shopping in Zanzibar Town

    Zanzibar Curio Shop

    The phrase 'Aladdin's Cave' can be overused, but not here. Step inside for floor-to-ceiling displays of gifts and souvenirs, and browse with no pressure. Go into the next room and then the next to find antiques, ornaments, carvings and collectables. Need a clock? Or maybe a glass lantern, brass diving helmet or enamel cigarette advertisement? This is the place.

  • Shopping 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 decorative pieces. There's also a picnic site and public toilets. It's 1.1km northwest of Makuyuni, along the road to Mto wa Mbu.

  • Shopping in Dar es Salaam

    Kariakoo Market

    Dar es Salaam's biggest and busiest market occupies several city blocks and the former barracks of the British Carrier Corp. It heaves with people morning, noon and night and you can find virtually anything here. Take the usual precautions against pickpockets and don't come with expensive cameras or wearing jewellery.

  • 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 Zanzibar Town

    Memories of Zanzibar

    This place calls itself an emporium, and it does indeed have a massive range of souvenirs: carvings, clothing, books, ornaments, furnishings, jewellery, fabrics, toys and more, all in a modern environment. Everything has a price label, so there's no haggling, and absolutely no pressure as you browse.

  • 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.