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Shopping in Nairobi

For most visitors, African handicrafts are a shopping priority. Hotel boutiques are the most convenient but also the most expensive places to buy souvenirs. Dedicated craft shops are usually cheaper, but a more enjoyable option is to head to one of the Maasai markets, where bargaining is standard. For other shopping, the malls in Westlands, including Sarit Centre, are safer and less hassled than central Nairobi. Core shopping hours are 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

A Woodley Weavers rug in front of the fireplace, Nairobi. Courtesy of Woodley Weavers
Sarit Centre, Nairobi. Photo by Birsin Timurkan
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Sarit Centre

Kenya's largest mall

The multi-storey Sarit Centre in affluent Westlands provides a hassle-free alternative to shopping in the chaotic city centre. Eighty shops under one roof range from booksellers and jewellers to acupuncturists and beauticians. There's a cinema and a dozen eateries, too.



Opening Hours

Most shops Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm. Some keep longer hours

Address

Corner Parklands & Mukinduri Road, Westlands, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 20 374 7408

Transport

Taxi

Website

Sarit Centre Website

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Maasai Market

Traditional African crafts

Started by Maasai women who wanted to sell directly to visitors, Nairobi's "Maasai Markets" have blossomed. This one takes place at weekends in the car park of the Law Courts. Bargain hard for beadwork, Akamba woodcarvings and colourful Swahili fabrics.



Opening Hours

Sat & Sun 9am-3pm

Address

Law Courts Car Park, Off City Hall Way, Nairobi

Transport

Taxi

A Woodley Weavers rug in front of the fireplace, Nairobi. Courtesy of Woodley Weavers
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Woodley Weavers

Hand-woven fabrics and rugs

Community-conscious Woodley Weavers has taught 400-plus single mothers from the Kibera slums to hand-weave rugs and other items using locally sourced fabrics and eco-friendly plant dyes. The high weaving quality is matched by the imaginative ethnic-style designs.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Address

Chaka Road , Hurlingham, Nairobi

Telephone

+254 (0) 733 612028

Transport

Taxi

Website

Woodley Weavers Website

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