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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

Shops

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  1. 1. Sarit Centre - Shops

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    Sarit Centre, Nairobi. Photo by Birsin Timurkan

    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.Show this on map

    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

Markets

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  1. 2. Maasai Market - Markets

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    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.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sat & Sun 9am-3pm

    Address

    Law Courts Car Park, Off City Hall Way, Nairobi

    Transport

    Taxi

Specialists

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  1. 3. Woodley Weavers - Specialists

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

    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.Show this on map

    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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