Africa Shopping

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Africa Shopping

  • Clothes & Shoes

    Marrakesh Shopping

    One of the most unusual places in Marrakech is the shopping plaza in Gueliz. It's a small island of brilliantly polished marble pavement and towering modern shops, in mile after mile of crumbling dereliction. You enter it like some kind of peace bubble. Take a calm, casual walk past the expensive international stores, and sit down at the tranquil...

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  • Khan el Khalili

    Cairo Shopping

    It is the place to buy typically oriental souvenirs and handmade crafts. Atmospheres of this traditional market with the labyrinth layout of the streets gives visitors o lot of pleasure and impression what medieval markets once were like. This is the place to train your negotiation skills, traders speak all known languages and if you are from...

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  • Shopping Malls

    Cape Town Shopping

    Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination.. You can buy anything you can think of here! Many people like the Waterfront. It is a bit pricey but there is so much to see from the craft markets to sailing or...

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  • local open markets

    Alexandria Shopping

    On a few occasions during my stay I found myself wondering a local market, not sure of the name, but I am sure there are similar markets throughout Alexandria. They were alive, with local people doing their shopping, men sitting outside cafes smoking their "hubbly bubblies", shop keepers trying to encourage you into to buy their goods. This was...

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  • Local Products

    Marrakesh Shopping

    Marrakesh is one big open air market and must be one of the best plces in the world if you want to go bargain hunting. You can buy all sorts of things like lamps, hats, water pipes, carpets, spices. You name it and they most likely got it somewhere. Everything from water pipes to exotic spices. Remember to bargain. That is the way everyone goes...

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  • Supermarkets

    Cairo Shopping

    There are two main supermarkets, or "Markets" as they're called in Cairo. In my area of Zamalek, I visit the two main suppliers of Metro and Alpha. These are typical supermarkets with aisles and many international brands. Don't expect any items to be organised in specific areas as one would expect, you have to actually walk the entire shop to find...

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  • Flea Markets

    Cape Town Shopping

    awsome.... thats what you really need to buy from south africa... south african crafts which either made of wood or leather usually. its a must to visit if you are in capetown. also you can enjoy watching some performances near by or inside the market itself. i really enjoyed shopping there also it is bordered by a selection of restaurants and...

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  • Food and Drink

    Marrakesh Shopping

    If you absolutely need something you can't find anywhere else you can try the Marjane hypermarket on the edge of town. We broke our pushchair and needed a cheap replacement - we tried here and found one. It's huge and is stocked with everything you can think of. The hypermarket itself contains a number of smaller shops, but all around the...

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  • Informal Markets

    Cape Town Shopping

    There are rows of shops at Green Market Square selling just about anything you may want to buy from South Africa/Africa. The prices are competitive. Cushion covers with pictures of the big five for 30 to 40 Rands each, Key chains for 5 Rands each, Wooden spear with carvings for 120 Rands and much much more Open from 09:00 - 16:00 (Monday -...

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  • Carpets

    Marrakesh Shopping

    Should you decide to buy, they will package the rug up into such a small square, it is amazing but easier for transporting back home. Of course the size doesn’t not equate to the weight which of course is still the same.

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  • Souvenir Shops

    Marrakesh Shopping

    First and foremost .... these guys are experts ... no matter how good you think you are at haggling .... these guys make you look like a rookie ..... not only do they do it every day .... they have it in there blood over centuries of doing it ...... So whatever the asking price is .... start by offering 70% off the asking price ... of course...

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  • Lamps

    Marrakesh Shopping

    The industry of local arts and crafts that goes on in the souk is highly regarded - industrious, talented, artistic and wide ranging in selection for the customer. Shop for what you like, then you need to check for the quality, then be prepared for the haggling! Though the shops off the main souk trails ie out the far back of the medina or the...

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  • Music & Musical Instruments

    Marrakesh Shopping

    Whenever I travel, I like to listen to the local music. I usually return from my holidays with a few cd's. Morocco has a variety of styles - Arabic, Arabic-Andalucian, Berber, Gnawa or Gnaoua(a blend of Arab/Berber), Rai, Arabic/belly dance, contempory, and fusions of these including rap/hip hop/dance beats. The Lonely Planet Guide lists some...

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  • Perfume

    Marrakesh Shopping

    Our local guide took our group to a local Cosmetic Pharmacy during the tour of the medina. The display of cosmetics manufactured from local herbs was amazing, creams, deodourants, potions to clear practically any skin complain or sun spot. The women loved it as sample pots continued to be passed around, the men soon became bored. It developed into...

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  • Paintings

    Marrakesh Shopping

    I bought this small oil painting on canvas of a Marrakesh street scene fom a shop near Dar Si Said- as a souvenir of my trip, it was easy to carry, lightweight, and reminded me of my wanderings around the medina. Oil paintings of local life I think I haggled the price down to 100 dh

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  • Tatoos

    Marrakesh Shopping

    This is a must. Tattoo yourself with the local J'ma Al-Fna main square. don't pay more than 20 dirhams to a harm tattoo. 2€. od course that if you ant to be nice just pay 30 dirhamns. it's actually up to you. thats me in 2000 having a henna tattoo.

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  • USEFUL IN TOGO

    The Marox supermarket is fairly well stocked. They have plenty of canned goods, cold soft drinks, cold beers and larger items like oil and rice. They have a reasonable butcher counter and some very good sausages. You will also find very good local nuts (like cashews) sold inside recycled water bottles. They do not have a lot of kitchen gadgets, but...

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  • GOOD FOR POSTCARDS & WINE - TOGO

    Le Champion is a massive grocery store that also sells household good, including appliances. The best part is that they sell postcard. Lomé is a very hard place to find postcards. You can buy them here for 300 CFA. Just ask for ‘Carte Postal’ and they are towards the left as you enter past the checkouts. Oddly they sell good postcards for Ghana as...

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  • FIREWOOD

    No wood = no braai. We wouldn’t want that to happen would we? Yep, accept no substitutes. Yes trees were harmed in making this product. In Africa a real African Braai requires real African firewood. Many villages make a living off this. There is no shop. You just see a pile of wood by the side of the road. Don’t worry that you don’t see anyone....

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  • A VERY SPECIAL SOUVENIR SHOP

    This is a souvenir shop beyond compare. Uganda Crafts 2000 is a massive souvenir shop that does the things virtually no other souvenir shop can do. They sell local crafts, made by hand, created by handicapped and disadvantaged artisans, have a huge variety and their prices are often cheaper than competitors selling ‘made in China’ items. In...

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  • THE BEST COFFEE - IN THE WORLD !

    Coffee was ‘invented’ here in Ethiopia and you can see how they produce it for export for free here in Harar. Nure is a coffee company you can stop in for a brief tour. It only takes minutes. They have their old equipment and modern day roasters inside. The staff will happily explain the process of making the coffee, from picking, to roasting,...

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  • THE BRAAI SUPPLY

    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! I have shopped with these folks in ate least 6 countries. They are based in South Africa but have expanded through franchising. They are always the BEST grocery store wherever they are for not only...

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  • THE BEST MASK MAN IN AFRICA

    Katenta Etienne is his name. Authentic African Masks is his game. His shop is really just a storage lock-up in Bujumbura, but it is full of absolute cultural treasures. He is located in a somewhat hidden part of the main craft market, but you really want to find him. I was amazed at the variety of both the types of masks as well as the different...

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  • Your best "comfort food" is from...

    Your best "comfort food" is from Madagascar ! That is if you love chocolate, of course. Yes folks, this is the real thing!From the website of its South-African distribution network"... Chocolaterie Robert produces a number of NATURAL Cocoa and Chocolate products each sharing the heritage of the organically cultivated, naturally fermented, sun-dried...

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  • BILTONG !!!!

    Biltong is the South African equivalent of American Beef Jerky. Actually that is not true. Biltong is better! It is made from dried slices of meat from the many cute animals you will see in the Game Parks. They come in various shapes from a thin sausage looking variety to ‘chips’. Eland, Springbok, Kudu, and anything else that has 4 legs. This is...

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  • Buy a mask

    Bought this Congolese mask in Nairobi in 1990 from the craft market in the middle of town. I ran out of patience haggling for it so I asked a mate of mine who loved bargaining to buy it for me on my behalf. Good idea as he had the patience to get it for a better price than would have got it for. The other two masks I have bought from the craft...

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  • 24/7 SHOPPING IN EASTERN AFRICA

    Nakumatt is a successful grocery store/department store operating in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – for now. They plan to keep expanding. They started in 1987 and operate mostly ‘hyper-markets’ with all of their stores carrying a range of at least 50,000 items. They even offer their own Visa credit card. They are mostly in the large cities of Nairobi,...

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  • Maghreb Pottery

    The art of ceramics and pottery is rooted in the local traditions of the Maghreb countries . Indeed, one used, since the antiquity, the terracotta tanks like the earthenware jars to store and preserve harvests of corn, lens, dates and olive oil. Oil lamps and small figurines based on clay are used in the ceremonies of marriages to carry happiness...

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  • THE BEST TASTING WATER IN THE WORLD

    These are the 2 best flavoured waters in the world. Really. I found them at the BP fuel station in Windhoek, Namibia. The pictured flavours, MARULA and NAARTJIE are amazing and beyond compare. Combined with that, they were ice cold! It gets hot in Africa so why have just any cold water when you can have heaven in a plastic bottle. Makers NESTLÉ...

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  • BUY A MASK! OR TWO !

    If you want to take a bit of Africa home with you, take a large suitcase and leave some room in it. In every country in Africa you will come across Tribal Dancing Masks. These are used by many cultures and tribes in ceremonies celebrating all sorts of events. Real masks can be worn over the head and/or face, have eye holes and a place for leather...

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  • Madagascar essential oils to heal & feel...

    Since the murky depth of times, Malagasy people have used to integrate the use of plants & their medicinal properties in eveyday life. Be it for beauty recipes, be for health reasons or comfort, the traditionals used to be very knowledgeable regarding the use of plants. They knew the properties of a plant's roots, its barks, its fruit, its...

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  • Handwoven natural silk and cotton...

    It's more about specific fabrics rather than about boutiques.Madagascar begins to be known for cotton fabrics as I can state while reading here and there, and from people talking about Madagascar. Cotton tablecloth for everyday life, bed sheets with landscape, Malagasy flower embroideries.. As for cotton fabrics, my preference goes to drawn-thread...

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  • The best shopping is the one for free!

    I don't wanna sound so romantic, but nothing truly is better than gathering some of the great seashells on African coasts, they are much bigger then ordinary ones you can found in Europe, with magical colors!I had some great ones and gave as a gift to my close people!Adding to normal souvenirs, this is the art of nature! It's for free, no one is...

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  • Babouge

    Babouge is the typical Moroccan slippers It is the most wanted souvenir to be bought by a tourist when they are in Morocco!They are comfortable and you can deliver it and wait until the shoemaker will do it before your eyes some times, which gives you a special taste *LOL not of the slipper but of the process*

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  • Crafts and Souveniers

    West Africa.-Beads & beadswork-Jewellery, mostly gold and silver(around the Sahara and Ghana)-Masks(good in the Ivory Coast)-Textieles(Kente and Adinkra cloth from Ghana, Youruba textiles from Nigeria)-Musical instruments and drums(Senegal and Guinea)-Woodcarvings

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  • Don’t buy dirty(animals/insects)...

    Crocodile boots, a leopard purse or an ivory statue.They might look beautiful and unique, but they aren’t worth it.Each time you buy such an item, an animal must die for it.SO USE YOUR MIND, if you’re looking for some accurate info on this issue, check CITES. CITES.(the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and...

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  • Souvenirs for the home front.

    Almost every African country has got souvenir stalls along the road.There you can buy work of art, masks, statues,…. and when you’re lucky you can see them do the carving.Always negotiate about the prices, even if they look ridiculous low.Back home again all these pieces of art will keep the memories alive.

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  • Buying wood crafts

    You can find wood craft and art just about anywhere where there has been a tourist before you. The original Makonde woodworkers from the Tanzanian highlands have seemingly multiplied. You will find West African wood carvers in East Africa, Congolese craftsmen all over and the original Makonde art fairly watered down. The wood carvings are great,...

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  • Victoria & Albert Wall (Cape Town, South...

    This is one of the few "normal western Malls" I have ever found in Africa. Is not very different from what you can find in any american or european city, but is not what one expects to find in an African country.There are many interesting shops, and wonderful restaurants with nice terraces to have lunch by the sea, looking at the fishes going up...

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  • Khan el Khalili Market (Cairo)

    The biggest and most famous market of Cairo was built in 1382. It covers a huge area in the center of the city, where you can find a wide variety of articles, from plastic stuff to embridery, from cafes to mosques.Besides its commercial activity, the market (think of it more as a quarter than as a Mall) has always been a gathering point, a center...

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  • Shopping in North Africa

    Purchase a Kaftan and a Jalaba. Also, brassware and carpets. Can't be beat.You can also watch them weaving the carpets.

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  • TIP IN THE "TAITA / TASVO BUSH"

    KALULU, the camp hand! I felt really bad. Hewant to sell me a few things that he and his wife had made. But I couldn't take it with me. It would have got destroyed by the time I got home! So, the best thing to do. HAND OVER THE MONEY! They will understand! GALLA CAMP, KENYA 10/2001 Things that will fit in your bag. Yet not get crushed!

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