1. Ali's Curio Market
Housed in the old Police Headquarters, this is a good place to shop for souvenirs. Athough it's comparatively small, the market offers a surprisingly large choice of curios, clothing and jewellery. Prices and quality vary as the market comprises a number of independently-run market stalls. One of the better buys are the kangas (cotton wraps) which are beautifully decorated.
Address: Ndia Kuu Road (opposite Fort Jesus) Old Town Mombasa
Opening hours: 8am-6pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +254 11 312 647
Neighbourhood: Old Town

2. Cloth Market
This must be one of the best places to go for kangas, kikois and tie dye fabrics. The kangas have Swahili slogans or proverbs on their hems. They are very popular around East Africa and Mombasa is probably one of the best places to buy a pair.
The prices for the cloths are usually set so it’s unlikely you will be able to barter a trader down much. Expect to pay between KSh 300 and KSh 400.
Address: Biashara Street Mombasa
Opening hours: 7am-11pm daily.
Neighbourhood: City centre


1. Musikland
Located on Mombasa's main street, this fine store stocks all kinds of music including jazz, classical, blues, African and Indian. It also has a good selection of used CDs and tapes. There is also a limited range of musical instruments and videos available. Musikland boasts the largest collection of local/Kenyan artists in Mombasa, including some of the biggest Kenyan hits.
Address: Digo Road Mombasa
Opening hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Fri; 9am-4pm Sat.
Neighbourhood: City centre
Email: musikland@net2000.com

2. David Shop
The David Shop specialises in arts and crafts and related products. The store is small but tidy, and well stocked with attractive items at reasonable prices. There is an especially good choice of wood and stone carvings, curios and antiques. The shop is run by the owner and a handful of very helpful employees. Arrangements can be made to ship products bought in the store, to almost anywhere in the world.
Address: Maungano Street Mombasa
Opening hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-4pm Sat.
Neighbourhood: City centre

3. Glamour International Traders
Glamour International Traders on Moi Avenue is one of the biggest stockists of arts and crafts in the island of Mombasa. Items on display range from Kenyan paintings, to handicrafts made out of wood, stone, and soapstone products. These take forms and shapes that are unique to the traditions of Kenya's ethnic communities. The store also has a pretty good stock of necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets made out of beads and other traditional materials.
Address: Moi Avenue P.O. Box 88660 Mombasa
Opening hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +254 11 223 264
Neighbourhood: City centre

4. Gulam Hussein Yusuf Ali
Also known as 'the collector's paradise', this shop has an excellent selection of silverware, furniture and coins. The coin collection is especially impressive with some that date from the Arab Imperial era.
Bookworms will be interested in the range of history and religious titles which include Holy Quaran and Hebrew prayer books dating back to the seventeenth century. A must visit for antique lovers.
Address: Kibokoni Road, off Makadara Road Mombasa
Telephone: +254 11 220 156
Neighbourhood: 0
Email: yusuf202@hotmail.com


1. Gatsby Marketing Centre
If you are need of some fresh ideas to brighten up your home, the Marketing Centre (also known as Soko) is the place to go. There is a very fine variety of accessories including pottery, vases, woven rugs, hand-made textiles and wall hangings.
The selection of jewellery is equally extensive - look out for the beads and the cow and goat bone pendants. Carrier and shopping bags from Kenyan kikoy materials are also available here. Customer ordering service available.
Address: Joseph Kangethe Road, off Ngong Road Nairobi
Opening hours: 8am-6pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +254 2 576 058
Neighbourhood: 0
Email: gatsby@africaonline.co.ke

2. Gikomba Market
This, the largest open-air market in Kenya, is situated near the Machakos Bus Station. It was established in the 1960s by the colonial government as a market for Africans. It specialises in mitumba, or second hand clothes, but also sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meat as well as local baskets and household items. The market is open throughout the week but is especially lively on Saturday. Be warned—haggling is expected and greatly enjoyed by the local people.
Address: Off Jogoo Road Gikomba Nairobi
Opening hours: 8am-5:30pm daily
Telephone: Not applicable
Neighbourhood: Industrial Area & Eastleigh

3. City Market
Run by the City Council, this is the largest market in Nairobi. Traders come from all over the country to sell their wares. There is a wide variety of items on display with everything from flowers and fresh farm produce to crafts and curios.
A word of warning: as you walk around the market you are likely to be hassled by frantic salesmen. Ignore them unless you are really interested in buying what they have for sale. Don't let this put you off as there is many a bargain to be had if you know where to look.
Address: Market Street/Muindi Mbingu Street Nairobi
Opening hours: 6am-6pm daily.
Neighbourhood: Downtown

4. Open-Air Curio Market
Each Tuesday, tourists flock in droves to arrive at this famous market. It has a particularly wide selection of antique jewelry and artworks. Prices are competitive and, if you look hard enough, you will find some real bargains among the vast selection of treasures. Although it specializes in antiques, there are some richly decorated t-shirts and clothing available too. If you are a shopaholic, make sure that you do not miss it!
Address: Slip Road Nairobi
Opening hours: 9am-6pm Tue
Telephone: Not applicable
Neighbourhood: Samburu


1. Amigos Handicraft
Located in the famous Kigali Market, this shop is dedicated to promoting African art and design. There is a fantastic selection of curios - all created by award-winning African designers and master artisans.
Exquisite African wood and stone carvings, unique furniture, antiques, paintings and handwoven fabrics are just a few examples of what's on offer. The quality of the goods is outstanding and each piece is highly original.
Address: Kigali Road Nairobi
Opening hours: 8am-6pm Mon-Fri.
Telephone: +254 2 882 016
Neighbourhood: Downtown

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