Peters Antiques: Peters Antiques - a controversary shop
Qualitative antiques and good advice. Here you can find interesting books from the colonial time, next to old postcards, vodoo material, bows and shields and arrows from the San and curiosities like handwoven africa - condoms ...
The shop is a "must - see" but be not too intimidated by the things he sells - under them are also things from the "Third Reich", flags and things like that.
What to buy: Antiques, Postcards and Curiosities
(such as the African Condom in the picture. Handwoven of natural materials ... it is actually more a joke, but it can be used as ... say a flower holder...)Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
SHOPRITE: THE BRAAI SUPPLY PLACE !
What to buy:
To have a real authentic African Braai you need a few things: Wood! Yes wood. You also need meat; preferably Texas steak which is a huge steak already marinated in tasty spices and feeds about 4 people. Also you will want some Boerwoers. This is a thick tasty sausage that has no comparison anywhere in the world. Preferably from the butchers counter. You also need some cheap firelighters and matches, and possibly some dishes and utensils. Finally you need 2 other key ingredients. Cold beer and friends. Shoprite here has EVERYTHING you need for a Braai except friends. A one-stop shop for the complete Braai experience!
Please note they also sell fresh prepared salads, pastas and canned mushrooms with sauces (pepper, cheese, mushroom). I recommend them all, especially mushrooms with pepper sauce for your boerwoers.Related to:
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Street mall off lighthouse: Do your homework
This is an improvised market for African crafts located just off the stairs leading to the lighthouse. It is huge and the vendors are rather aggressive in their pricing. The thing to do is to check beforehand how much a similar piece costs in the swanky stores of the endless strip-malls and then go prepared to the market. The street sellers try their best in a very African manner, consistent with what I have seen on the opposite side of the continent, in Egypt, by offering a price way over anything that is negotiable. For example a hypo statuette he was offering for 3500NAD when exactly the same product, probably coming from the same sweat shop, was 400NAD in a store!? When confronted and his arrogance and insolence exposed, the "poor" African salesmen changed the tune and focused on the fact that HE was the artist and we rich tourists should appreciate this. Long story short the hypo went for 250NAD and just because at the end he was rather begging than selling. Here is an authentic African experience!
What to buy: Wooden statuesRelated to:
- Budget Travel
several: Tobias Hainyeko Street
Most souvenir and art shops are found around Tobias Hainyeko Street, the town centre's main thoroughfare. There are also enough banks, in case you run short of money. We visited several souvenir shops and eventually bought a few things - a nice plate in a shop on Daniel Tjongarero Avenue, some post cards in a shop on the footpath opposite the Marine Memorial and some earrings in a shop at the junction of Tobias Hainyeko Street and Daniel Tjongarero Avenue. To be honest, though, we could have chosen any shop as they all have pretty much the same on offer. There are more shops, among them also some bookshops, around Sam Nujoma Avenue which were popular with our group as well.
What to buy: Namibian souvenirs are very often animal-related: hippos, giraffes, elephants, rhinos... Most of these are very beautiful to look at, so there's no reason to abstain from buying them. The bookshops offer some very good books about Namibian wildlife. A bird-watching guide might come in handy, if you want to visit areas like the Caprivi Strip or Botswana's Okavango Delta later on. There's a lot of nice-looking jewellery on offer as well.
What to pay: Jewellery starts at N$ 30, animal figures cost at least N$70, books the same as elsewhere
Kubatsirana Helping Hands: Shop for souvenirs and do something good
Kubatsirana is probably the most colourful building in Swakopmund. It also happens to be a souvenir shop and non-profit organisation where the money earned helps local people and community projects. This would have been reason enough to shop there, but we also found the souvenirs on offer, in particular the so-called monkey balls, to be much cheaper than elsewhere. A good place to go to if you are in need of something to take home to your loved ones.
What to buy: Kubatsirana sells jewellery, animal figures, cosmetic products, clothes and cloths and much more. We bought some monkey balls. These are the fruits of the monkey apple tree (Strychnos spinosa) which are harvested, skinned, dried for at least 12 months and decorated individually (see the production process here). You can get monkey balls in all colours and designs, but while other shops sold them for N$ 80 and more, you can get similarly beautiful ones at Kubatsirana for just N$ 25.
What to pay: N$ 25 for the monkey balls - and in general a bit less than in other souvenir shops
Peter's Antique Shop: Antiques and colonial stuff
If you are into antiques and stuff commemorating the German colonial time, Peter's Antique Shop is the place to go to. We didn't go in - it was always closed when we passed it -, but it looked a bit dusty and old-fashioned. Allegedly, the shop also sells Third Reich stuff. We only saw African art of all kinds in the shop windows.
What to buy: Antiques, colonial era souvenirs and the like
What to pay: The few price tags we could see indicated quite high prices - but then again all or most of the stuff is antique.
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