SUPERMARCHÉ SEMIRAMIS: THE SUPERMARCHÉ
This is the more upscale of the 2 supermarkets in Djibouti Ville. The friendly security guard will hold on to your bags before you enter. The range of quality goods is excellent and you can get great wines, spirits and fantastic deli meats and cheeses. I purchased some superb pate (pictured) and bread. Prices are high, but that’s Djibouti. They sold cans of beer (also pictured) for a lot less than you pay in the bars. The only really cheap thing they sold was Marlboro cigarettes for just $8 for 200. Now that’s a bargain if you smoke!Related to:
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Close of the centre: Tipical market
There is a local market. It's very small and there are only imitations, T-shirts overthere. Also they sell pieces on wood and many other things but they are not from Djibouti.
If you want to buy something from Djibouti You can look for fired clay, it's the only one from there.
If you want tipical clothes, you can find them in the small shops close to market.
Always you mut be haggling to get a good price.
For European things you can go to french supermarket which is close to the french army base.
What to buy: Fired clay.
SUPERMARCHÉ NOUGAPRIX: THE CHEAPER SUPERMARKET
This is the cheaper and larger of the 2 supermarkets in Djibouti Ville. It’s a little hard to find at first. Just walk south along the road from the main Market area and you will see a huge Children’s play park. Its behind that in the car park. It’s a full sized superstore with lots of non-grocery items as well. Cheaper than buying goods from Kiosks in town.Related to:
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Shops in rue de Brazzaville: Local craft is hard to find
All shops in this street will sell craft from Yemen, Somalia, Kenya and Ehiopia, as well as T-shirts, bou-bous (long, colourful African dresses) etc...
Expect to be hassled by every single seller. The exception were a small row of shops at the far end of the street where the buying process was less exhausting.
What to buy: Djibouti does not produce anything! I only saw a couple of crap wallets made of fabric and beads. All the craft comes from surrounding countries.
You can buy the 1-kg bags of Ethiopian coffee or carved wooden vases for instance.
What to pay: Prices vary a lot depending on your language (English = higher prices). Barter a bit so you are not treated like a tourist cash cow but remember that what is small change for you can mean a lot to the local shop owner.
What to buy: Along the eastern side of the Central Market stretches a line of souvenir stalls selling souvenirs mass-produced mostly in Kenya, but also in Yemen, India and Egypt. There doesn't seem to be anything authentically Djiboutian.
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