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Top Choice Books in Lagos

Jazz Hole

An offspring of the great Glendora Books, Jazz Hole is primarily a book and record store. In this oasis of calm in the mile-a-minute city, sip tea in the lovely cafe and get cultural lessons from the proprietor – as…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Foumban

Village des Artisans

South of town, the Village des Artisans seems to produce more handicrafts than the rest of Cameroon combined. Get ready for some bargaining and banter – it's well worth it to explore the fine crafts from this wonder…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Accra

Global Mamas

This shop, which stocks pretty dresses, hats, tops, accessories (including lush scented shea butter) and kids clothes in colourful fabrics, is part of a bigger Fair Trade enterprise that promotes sustainable income-…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Lagos

Quintessence

Out in the gated Parkview estate, Quintessence sells artworks and crafts, with an especially good selection of clothes and some antique carvings and artefacts. Some of the colourful, funky and original garments are …
Top Choice Market in Douala

Marché des Fleurs

A huge, atmospheric complex of roofed stalls selling crafts from around Cameroon, but mainly the grasslands region. You can buy wonderful masks, baskets, jewellery, batik clothes and tablecloths. On the airport-road…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in São Tomé (city)

Pica Pau

Looking for a souvenir? This artisans cooperative contains a fantastic collection of wood carvings, by far the best in the city, and more limited jewellery. Various vendors are on hand, and freely interrupt one anot…
Top Choice Clothing in Monrovia

KaSaWa

A fair-trade initiative that brings together designers and producers from Robertsport. The assortment includes colourful bags and clothes. The group often funds local charities – ask what's currently on its radar wh…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Nouakchott

Zein Art

A gallery curating the very best work from Mauritanian artists and craftspeople. Periodically hosts exhibitions themed around art and artists in the region.
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Ouagadougou

Village Artisanal de Ouaga

A government-run cooperative with a wide range of crafts, ideal for souvenir-shopping without the hard sell. If you're not a fan of bargaining to death and want to find real local handicrafts, this is the place to g…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Bobo-Dioulasso

Gafreh

This brilliant initiative, a women's cooperative, recycles the millions of black sachets handed out with purchases across Burkina into chic handbags, wallets and other accessories. Check out their factory outlet in …