From a tourist's point of view, Wernhill Park Mall is probably the most convenient place in Windhoek to stock up for your trip, as it is fairly central and offers a good selection of shops and ample parking.
The anchor stores are most likely to be of interest: Pick'n'Pay for groceries, Woolworths for clothing and more upmarket food and Mr Price and Ackermans if you're looking for affordable casual clothing. There are also a number of smaller shops, including a pharmacy, and several places to eat.
Wernhill Park can also be accessed on foot from the pedestrian Post Street Mall which links it to Independence Avenue.
The market at the big parking area in downtown is calm. (But no markets in Windhoek is a hustle and bustle between salesmen and customers).
The Himba tribe have their stand at this market.
What to buy: It's a large range of handmade masks, african sculptures and statues handcrafted from wood.
What to pay: You can bargain at this market and get an OK price.The best prices in Namibia is in craft market in Okahanja, 70 km north of Windhoek. However, expect to pay a more in Namibia than other african coutries due to the general price level here.
There is a craft market on the pedestrian crossing towards Post Street Mall in downtown Windhoek.
What to buy: Handmade masks, african sculptures, statues handcrafted from wood, necklase, bracelets and pendants.
What to pay: The prices are high compared to other African countries, but bargain the price.
The Craft market in Windhoek is located in the Old Bewery building from 1902. The brewery that makes the good Windhoek beer is now moved to a new place in the northern part of the city.
What to buy: Local crafts and hand made items can be bought.
What to pay: Expect a slightly higher price here than on the streets. However the best prices in Namibia is in craft market in Okahanja, 70 km north of Windhoek.
There are some stands in the downtown streets where you can by tribal African jewelry like necklase, bracelets and pendants. Some of them are handcrafted from animal bone.
What to pay: Expect to pay a little bit more in Namibia than other african coutries due to the general price level.
The largest shopping center in Namibia is the Maerua Mall in the south-east end of the city (Jan Jonker Road). It's 48 000 square meters.
It's a drive-in shopping center. I found it difficult to enter the main entrance on foot, and was almost hit by the cars.
What to buy:
These are the 2 best flavoured waters in the world. Really. I found them at the BP fuel station in Windhoek. The pictured flavours, MARULA and NAARTJIE are amazing and beyond compare. Combined with that, they were ice cold! It gets hot in Windhoek so why have just any cold water when you can have heaven in a plastic bottle. Makers NESTLÉ has a full range of waters : Litchi, Lemon & Lime, Marula, Strawberry and Naartjie. Other manufacturers make some of these flavours as well, but I prefer this brand.
Enjoy! Also available at other retail outlets.
Do you need supplies for your Braai (Barbeque)? Shoprite is the consistently best place in Africa to get what you need. They even sell the firewood! This location is right on the main Independence Avenue. There is parking most of the time. They offer fantastic pre-marinated steaks (Texas Steak – yum), prepared salads of all descriptions, fresh bread, even pots and plates. A good variety of fresh vegetables, cold beers and loads of snack foods. They staff are friendly and prices are good by Namibian standards. Going out of town? Stop in here and refuel first!
There is a shopping mall with big supermarket in the centre that was great, you can find there all the food and groceries you need for your road trip or safari in Namibia. No need to bring anything from home.
What to buy:
Here you can enjoy barginning with the vendor. They tend to set a lot higher price so that you can cut the price into half first then keep cutting until......
There are plenty alongside of Independent Ave. And the best price for Herero doll is sold in Kalahari Sand Hotel, whcih cost R25.
What to pay: Rand and Namibian Dollar are both legal tender in Namibia.
They were unfortunately closed when we got there, but it seemed like they have some lovely local artifacts on sale
A very upmarket and modern shopping mall that offers all the stores you could possibly want to visit.
We went to this market in the Katatura district with our guide : we saw and tried some specialities such as grilled meat, kinds of doughnuts, dried spinach, ...
The streets are full of local crafts vendors, they all sell more or less the same objects so you can bargain. If you prefer fixed price, you'd better go to the Crafts Center (Tal Str.).
You can find everything you need in Windhoek, there are plenty of shops selling the same stuffs than in Europe and more (see picture ;-)