Looking for Souvenirs and “crafts”? You will find it at the back of the Municipal Market. For some reason they try to hide this fairly large section of souvenirs and art objects. Paintings, wooden handicrafts and all sorts of items from real handmade artefacts to absolute kitsch. The odd bit of North American Indian Dreamcatchers are side by side with plastic keychains and wooden Rondavels (traditional round thatch houses).
Because of its quiet location - the section practically buzzes when real tourists enter. They are happy to quietly negotiate a price with you. The atmosphere is very polite and you should negotiate accordingly.
PLEASE NOTE: THIEVES OPERATE AT THE ENTRANCE AND ARE VERY EASY TO SEE
What to buy:
I bought 4 wooden Rondavels (pictured) for $3. The selection runs from traditional to total tourist. There are about 15 stalls.
What to pay:
It’s all negotiable!
Handmade masks can be bought everywhere on the streets in Maputo. And of course at Bazar Artesanato, the Saturday Market.
What to buy: I bought three small handmade masks and paid 100 Metacais for each (see first photo). The masks are handcrafted from wood. I think this is a special gift to give to friends back home.
What to buy: There are a lot street sellers in the Baixa area of Maputo who try to sell sunglases, wallets, watches, laserpens and toys. Most of the things are copies. Remember to bargain, and the price will be very cheap.
Mercado Municipal is an indoor market in the Baixa area. The massive building was build by the Portuguese for more than 100 years ago.
It's quite hectic inside the building, and hustle and bustle between salesmen and customers. Especially in the morning around 7-10 a.m.
I heard that there are pickpocket and thieves here, but I didn't notice anything of that. The presence of Police near to this place is considerable.
What to buy: It is also called "the fish and vegetable market", but you can buy much more than that. All kinds of food and groceries, clothes, crafts. Right outside are the street sellers with their watches and sunglasses for sale.
What to pay: Some of the fruits are imported from South Africa, so don't expect cheap prices. But you can buy cheap clothes. Remember to bargain the price.
Are you a beer drinker? Have access to a refrigerator in your hotel or hostel? I found the cheapest way to buy beer was in the street! And you help a small merchant who lives form day to day. Go on - load up your rucksack! They sell soft drinks too.
Buying drinks from the inside of the Car in the Estrela market
ESTRELA IS FOR DRINKS.
My experience on buying beverage in Estrela was done with some good friends of mine, already experiment local buyers.
We drove our car into the Estrela market and stopped nearby. A whole group of volunteers immediately approached to assist on the purchases.
My friends started reading the products from their list and immediately the outside volunteers started running for the brands.
It seemed to me that those external assistants do actually have the most popular wine & spirits brands already assigned to them.
The process of buying was being done with the car's doors locked and its windows mid-open.
The sellers (or their assistants) tried to insist on some products that were not originally on the buyers list.
The sellers' assistants that were carrying the chosen wine & spirits brands were pushing for the bottles into inside the car and at the same time protecting their customer from the competitors assistants.
By looking closer to the 5 pictures on this Tip, one would guess how the experience might have been.
The whole process was really pacific anyway.
The requested bottles of wine & spirits were brought inside the car. The goods were counted and paid. We, the buyers, left then the place with no more selling harassment.
It was a whole cultural experience, I should say :)
What to buy: Wine & Spirits & Beer.
popularly known as "Mufundisse"
The Mufundisse is an extremely popular shop and a grocery very well known for its usual low prices.
The building has the date of 1932 on the top of its main door but the grocery was founded in 1969 by an Indian emigrant, the grandfather of the actual owner that has also born in India.
Since the original founder in 1969 used to have a very large beard, he became immediately know by "Mufundisse", a word that in the local Ronga language may have two meanings. It could either be (1) "father" or (2) "shepherd".
Another interesting curiosity is that customers buying at this grocery have been doing their shopping at the Mufundisse for several generations now. Thus, friendship bonds have definitely been created between the buyers and the sellers themselves.
"Mufundisse" is located in "Rua de Goa" (Goa Street), formerly "Estrada de Mafalala" (Mafalala Road). The growth of the city of Maputo after 1969 has took a pace that what once used to be a location outside the city, the Mafalala road, has now become another street of the city itself.
What to buy: Groceries
Gelati opened on November 18, 2006, and is conveniently located next to Xenon Cinema.
Gelati shows a brand new & modern decoration. It's definitely a lovely place to seat for coffee & chat.
This is a place to enjoy a nice Ice Cream. However snacks, simple sandwiches, hamburgers, scramble eggs, cafe late & expreso may also be order from the list. Beer & alcoholic beverages also available.
What to buy: Ice Cream, coffee & snacks.
What to pay: Prices for Ice cream:
1 scoop: 35 meticais (approx €1 euro)
2 scoops: 55 meticais
3 scoops: 70 meticais
In the Malanga Market buyers can find Fruits & Produce for the most inexpensive price in the whole city of Maputo.
Click here to read my Maputo Things to Do Tip on the Malanga Market.
What to buy: Fruit & Produce.
César, a mozabican craftsman, makes these Sea Storks out of the roots of Mafureira trees.
The artist, César, has his pieces on sale on Avenida Julius Nyerere near the Polana Hotel.
What to buy: Hand crafted wood Art
What to pay: Depending on the size, prices for these Sea Storks range from 150 Mtn (5 euros) to 600 Mtn (20 euros).
The african market life is an integral part of the society. with each little interaction a communication is established between the seller and the buyer and it is more than just buying and selling, it establishes relationships
What to buy: Batik Paintings and wall hangings in Mozambique are colorful and beautiful to look at. Remember to bargain, and the price will be very cheap.
What to buy: Tribal African jewelry like necklase, bracelets and pendants are beautiful and cheap to buy. Some of them are handcrafted from animal bone.
It's a typical ladies' hairdresser.
What to buy: Hairdressing: 200 Meticais (approx 6 euros) for a "tissagem" - labor only.
Located on Jardim dos Namorados is Surf - Ice Cream shop.
What to buy: Ice Cream
What to pay: Two scoops cost 60 Mtn (approx 2 Euros).