Shopping in Zimbabwe

  • Shopping in Harare

    Doon Estate

    A few kilometres east of town, Doon Estate is known for its galleries, cafes and souvenir shops. Sadly these days it's a shadow of its former self (many places have closed due to soaring rents), so it's no longer the buzzing complex it once was. Regardless, it's definitely still worth a visit – especially as it's an initiative that relies on tourists.

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    Patrick Mavros

    His clients may include Bruce Springsteen, Kate Middleton and the king of Spain, but Patrick Mavros' stunning handmade silver jewellery is very affordable. The shop has a spectacular setting, overlooking a picture-perfect valley with wildlife. All silver is from Zimbabwe and you can arrange a behind-the-scenes tour in the workshop.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Victoria Falls (town)

    Elephant's Walk Shopping & Artist Village

    A must for those in the market for quality Zimbabwean and African craft, this shopping village is home to boutique stores and galleries owned by a collective that aims to promote and set up local artists.

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    Giga & Sons

    Established in 1932, this fourth-generation family-run menswear store is most famous for its Courtney Boots – a homegrown shoe, sold worldwide. All of its safari boots are handmade, and are produced from a range of materials, including elephant, hippo, buffalo, kudu, ostrich and crocodile leather. There are also leather bags and a good range of khaki safari wear.

  • Shopping in Victoria Falls (town)

    Ndau Collection

    This upmarket showroom stocks handmade individual pieces, including silver bracelets, rings and necklaces, made at its on-site studio. They also sell exquisite antique African trade beads to be incorporated into custom-made jewellery. Its range of organic fragrances made using local ingredients is also popular, as are its croc-skin purses and briefcases.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Kikis

    Set in a homely showroom on a residential property, this Dutch-owned shop has an attractive range of furniture, art, hand-painted porcelain and Shona wooden stools, 90% of which is produced by local artists. It's located a few doors down from Patrick Mavros.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Chapungu Village

    Part of the Doon Estate complex, Chapungu has long been one of Harare's best places for Shona sculpture – one of the best things to buy in Zimbabwe. It comprises a collective of 16 artists, each with their own plot to sell their handiwork.

  • Shopping in Victoria Falls (town)

    Matsimela

    South African body-care brand Matsimela has set up shop here with an enticing aroma of natural scented soaps, body scrubs and bath bombs (anything from rose and lychee to baobab-seed oil). They also offer massage treatments (from US$30), manicures and pedicures.

  • Shopping in Victoria Falls (town)

    Prime Art Gallery

    This quality gallery, run by two friendly brothers, represents more than 40 local artists, most notably it has original pieces by Dominic Benhura, Zimbabwe's pre-eminent current-day Shona sculptor whose worked has been exhibited around the world.

  • Shopping in Harare

    KwaMambo

    One of Harare's best spots for crafts, hand-painted ceramics and original paintings by local artists, plus cool clothes and Zimbabwean publications.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Mbare Market

    Harare, sleepy? Not in the hectic Mbare area where this infamous market has a heady mix of fresh produce and random goods. It's the curios that bring most tourists here – there's a big collection of Shona sculpture, wooden crafts and basketry. It's in a poor part of town and pickpockets are rife, so leave your valuables at home – best come with a local.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Eastgate Centre

    Known for its eco design that allows air flow based on termite mound technology, this mall offers a more local-style shopping experience without the usual chain stores. Upstairs has fast-food restaurants doing modern-day Zimbabwean fast-food cuisine.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Dendera Gallery

    This well-presented gallery within Doon Estate has quality Zimbabwean and African crafts, many of which are antiques. There are also masks, jewellery, baskets, textiles, wooden carvings and paintings.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Avondale Flea Market

    On top of the old car park at the back of Avondale Shopping Centre, this daily flea market predominantly sells clothing but is also worth a browse for local music, crafts and secondhand books.

  • Shopping in Bulawayo

    Sabona

    Inside the National Art Gallery is this store that stocks some of the best books on Zimbabwe in the country. There's also some interesting art magazines, Zimbabwean music and crafts for sale.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Book Bazaar

    A small bookstore with a good collection of wildlife books, which are worth a look if you're going on safari. It also stocks a decent range of magazines and interesting braai (barbecue) cookbooks.

  • Shopping in Victoria Falls (town)

    African Heritage

    This store sells stuff from all over Zimbabwe and Africa. Here you can pick up knitted Zulu dolls, masks from the Democratic Republic of Congo, or wall hangings from West Africa.

  • Shopping in Harare

    Avondale Shopping Centre

    A handy location for those staying at the nearby backpackers, with supermarkets, banks, mobile phone stores, restaurants, bars and cafes.

  • Shopping in Victoria Falls (town)

    Cultural Vibes

    A great little store specialising in Zimbabwean and African music, stocking CDs from a range of genres and eras.

  • Shopping in Harare

    OK Mart

    If you've come without gear, this supermarket sells tents and other camping supplies.