Shopping in Zambia

  • Shopping in South Luangwa National Park

    Tribal Textiles

    This enterprise employs a team of local artists to produce, among other things, bags, wall hangings, bed linens and sarongs, much of which are sold abroad. Tribal Textiles has some striking original designs and it’s quite a refined place to shop or take a short (free) tour around the factory.

  • Shopping in Livingstone

    Wayawaya

    A social enterprise founded by two Norwegian girls, Wayawaya sells quality, contemporary handmade bags put together by local women. Its principles are based on the slow fashion movement, and you can meet all the ladies when visiting. Get in touch if you want to volunteer.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Salaula Clothing Market

    For those with a love of secondhand clothes shopping, absolutely don't miss this market in downtown Lusaka. Known locally as the salaula trade (a local word meaning 'to pick through a pile'), it has block after block of stalls selling Western charity clothing all divided into heaped piles of specific items. From designer labels to vintage clothing, it's all here.

  • Shopping in South Luangwa National Park

    Mulberry Mongoose

    Mulberry Mongoose sells vibrant, funky jewellery made by local designers, but is best known for items made from snare wire recovered during anti-poaching patrols in the park. Of all pieces sold, US$5 goes to anti-poaching efforts. They also make some cool jewellery using old coins and guinea fowl feathers. You can watch the ladies go about it at the attached workshop.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Lightfoot Zambia

    For high-quality leather goods, especially purses, travel bags and accessories, head to this spot, which shares an idyllic location with a highly recommended cafe on Sugarbush Farm east of Kabulonga, around 15km from the city centre. They have a smaller branch at Latitude 15 restaurant.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Kabwata Cultural Village

    A popular shopping stop for tourists, this open-air market comprises thatch-roofed huts and stalls selling carvings, baskets, masks, drums, fabrics and more. Prices are cheap because you can buy directly from the workers who live here. There's usually cultural performances (ZMW30) held on weekends around 2pm. It's southeast of the city centre.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Sunday Market

    This weekly market, held in the car park at the Arcades Shopping Centre, features Lusaka’s best range of handicrafts, especially wood carvings, curios made from malachite and African prints. Bargaining is expected, though it's a relaxed, low-pressure affair.

  • Shopping in Mongu

    Mumwa Craft Association

    A visit here is well worth your time. Proceeds from sales of expertly made basketry and woodcarvings – at low prices – are ploughed back into the local communities that produce them. Located next to the Total petrol station on the road to Lusaka.

  • Shopping in South Luangwa National Park

    Project Luangwa

    Along Mfuwe's main strip is this craft shop selling handmade items made by local women, including bags, fabrics, lithographs print cards to items using recyclable materials.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    African Wild Track

    A good store for all your last-minute safari needs, including GPS units, tents, camping equipment, sleeping bags and khaki clothing.

  • Shopping in Livingstone

    Mukuni Crafts

    The craft stalls in the southern corner of Mukuni park are a pleasant, and hassle-free place to browse for souvenirs.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Bookworld

    Stocks a good selection of Zambia-specific non-fiction and cultural books, as well as fiction, international magazines and newspapers.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Manda Hill Shopping Centre

    The swish Manda Hill Shopping Centre has all the usual retail, restaurants and banks you get in shopping malls.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Levy Junction Shopping Centre

    One of Lusaka's ubiquitous shopping malls with supermarket, retail, fast-food restaurants and cinema.

  • Shopping in Lusaka

    Arcades Shopping Centre

    Handy for banks, supermarkets, bookshops, internet cafes, restaurants and fast-food outlets.