Shopping in Uganda

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Kampala

    Kampala Fair

    Selling gorgeous women's kitenge dresses in traditional patterns, separates, children's clothing and some batik pillows, this fair-trade boutique is a solid choice for keepsake clothing, with craftsmanship superior to that you'd find in the market and a treasure trove of colours and styles. If you are in town a few days they can even do alterations.

  • Shopping in Jinja

    Kilombera Workshop

    Many of the colourful cotton textiles (place mats, table runners, bedspreads) for sale around Jinja are made on hand-operated looms at this Nile-side workshop. Visitors are welcome to stop by and watch the process. The showroom has gorgeous items for sale. It’s signposted 200m off the road, halfway between Jinja and Bujagali.

  • Shopping in Jinja

    A Bernadette

    Young NYC fashionistas have partnered with local women to create well-made recycled bags and accessories in fun, bold designs. Items are fair-trade certified and available for online purchase. The shop is in Source of the Smile Guesthouse.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Aristoc

    This is the best place for English-language publications, with a great selection of books on Uganda, as well as novels. Stock up before a long road trip. There are branches at Acacia Mall and Garden City.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Banana Boat

    A sophisticated craft shop selling smart local items such as excellent batiks, and handmade stuff from all over Africa, including Congolese carvings. There's an outlet with an emphasis on homes and interiors in Lugogo Mall.

  • Shopping in Entebbe

    Victoria Mall

    Love it or loathe it, mall culture has well and truly arrived in Uganda, with this shiny new complex opening in 2013. As well as eateries and shops, there's a Nakumatt supermarket that comes in handy for groceries as well as camping equipment.

  • Shopping in Eastern Uganda

    Sipi Women's Craft Shop

    These quality crafts, clothes and accessories are made by local women. They also sell Sipi coffee and honey. Proceeds from sales go to the community. It's on the outskirts of town as you approach from Mbale.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Banana Boat

    A sophisticated craft shop selling smart local items such as excellent batiks, and handmade stuff from all over Africa, including Congolese carvings, with an emphasis on homes and interiors.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Aristoc

    This is the best place for English-language publications, with a great selection of books on Uganda, as well as novels. Stock up before a long road trip.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Quality Hill

    A guy with a great selection of Congolese carvings lays out his wares at this upmarket complex of patisseries and wine shops.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Bold

    A team of local designers produces contemporary styles and accessories using African fabrics and designs.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Def.i.ni.tion

    Cool local label selling hip, vibrant accessories, fabrics, designer T-shirts and clothing.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Nakasero Market

    The partially covered and hectic Nakasero Market near the junction of Kampala and Entebbe Rds, is all about fresh food.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Owino Market

    Sprawling around Nakivubo Stadium, Owino has everything from traditional medicines to televisions. It’s most famous for its secondhand clothing, but you can also buy cloth to be tailored on-site. It's possible to spend hours here, not least because it’s so hard to find your way out. Watch your belongings.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Uganda Crafts 2000

    A small fair-trade craft shop selling charming locally produced souvenirs and trinkets; 90% of the wares are Ugandan, made by widows and disadvantaged locals. It sells bark-cloth clothing (including custom-made orders) and excellent sustainable paper products.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Exposure Africa

    The largest of the city’s craft ‘villages’, stocking woodcarvings, drums, sandals, batiks, basketry, beaded jewellery and 'muzungu' T-shirts. Some items have price tags, but everything is negotiable.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Nakumatt

    Good all-round shopping centre, here you'll find anything from food supplies to camping equipment including tents. There's another at Oasis Mall.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Craft Africa

    Making up one half of Kampala's main craft complex (along with Exposure Africa), this place has an excellent choice of Ugandan and Kenyan crafts and souvenirs.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Garden City Complex

    Garden City Complex has several floors of shops, including a supermarket, a bookshop and a department store, plus a cinema, a bowling alley and a food court.

  • Shopping in Kampala

    Gerald’s Antiques

    Gerald's has stamps and money from the past and present (including notes with Idi Amin’s face), plus tribal artefacts that may or may not be old.