Handicrafts. Art. Souvenirs.

Shopping in Nairobi

Although popular for being the safari capital of Africa, known for its wildlife, Nairobi is certainly not wanting of the places you could visit for an exciting shopping experience.

With a substantial number of outlets selling unique art, souvenirs, and locally-made handicraft items, you might find yourself surprised by the sheer variety of local retail shopping you have to choose from. In addition to experiencing safari and wildlife culture tours, you can rest assured of finding a range of activities to do in Kenya's most densely populated city, which is also a major business, financial, and political hub of Africa!

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City Market

The City Market in Nairobi is home to a variety of Kenyan and African-themed souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, and wood carvings. Foodies will also find a plethora of choices of local food items. It is located in the heart of the city, between Muindi Mbingu Street and Koinange Street.

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Marula Studios

Ocean Sole is a Kenyan organization that takes flip-flops found on the beach, recycles them, and turns them into fantastic pieces of art. Flip-flops wash up numbering in thousands on the East African coast every year, and what better way to put them to good use? Save the environment, and appreciate the art, one step at a time.

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Utamaduni Craft Centre

Well-known for being one of the best African artisan markets in Nairobi, this shop is conveniently located on the way to popular tourist attractions like the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre. Head to this centre where you will find a treasure trove of various shops selling all sorts of African crafts and goods.

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Kazuri Beads

Kazuri, which translates to "small and beautiful" in Swahili, was started around 45 years ago, to create sustainable employment opportunities for the members of the Kenyan society. It has grown into a large workforce today. Visit here to find out more and take a look at top-of-the-line handmade jewelry and pottery!