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    any: Fruit and vegetables

    by uglyscot Updated Feb 27, 2010

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    The best place to buy fruit and vegetables is from the vegetable market or roadside stalls or sellers. the produce will be fresh, delivered that day from the farms. In Sudan small farmers rarely use artificial or chemical fertilizers, so the food is tasty. i like to see the irregular shapes of the vegetables, which are more natural than the rows of cloned-like vegetables found in European supermarkets.
    Often you are invited to select your own.

    What to buy: Most vegetables are good, and the fruit is particularly delicious especially the mangoes.
    The variety of vegetables and fruit varies according to the seasons, though nowadays imported fruit is becoming available.

    What to pay: In season the produce can be dirt cheap, but out of season be prepared to pay a lot.

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    African Look: A Women's Cooperative

    by kucha Written Jun 12, 2006

    Run by a group of local women, this is an African traditional handicraft shop where you can find tie-dyed shirts and other outfits, beads, crochet work, calabashes, gourds, baskets, and many other items. Don’t miss a visit to this lovely shop!

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    The Main Shopping Street

    by kucha Written Jun 12, 2006

    Popular shopping areas are: Gamhouria Avenue, Street 15, New Extension, Khartoum II, Riyadh, Afra Shopping Mall and Omdurman market.

    The other main shopping areas of Khartoum are located on Gamhouria Avenue and New Extention Street No. 15.

    What to buy: Gold and silver jewelry, beads and local handicrafts.

    What to pay: Everything is incredibly cheap -- $5-$10 is an expensive item.

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    any local market: local crafts

    by awladhassan Written Oct 14, 2005

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    In Khartoum there are shops selling all sorts of crafts at high prices. Tto get a bargain go instead to any local market and haggle when you see something you like.

    What to buy: Items made of straw- hats, baskets and food covers
    items made of wood- carved statues, dishes
    items made of ostrich feathers- feather dusters, fans
    items made of leather or skin- shoes, bags, decorative plaques
    items made of copper or bras- trays
    items made of non-forest products like gourds, dom nuts
    local substitutes- shoes made of car tyres, burners made of old lamp bulbs or tins
    beads
    silver jewellery
    There are so many things and all made by local craftsmen or women from local materials

    What to pay: apart from the copper or brass goods, silver and bone, other items can be bought fairly cheap

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    Afra: First shopping mall

    by yurxlnc Written Jun 14, 2005

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    This is the first shopping mall in Sudan It is a Turkish venture.
    Previously there were few shops that could even rate as supermarkets in the western sense. Most shops were small groceries or specialised businesses, with the emphasis on small. The choice of products was limited.
    Now here was everything under one roof, and satellite shops brought expensive designer names.

    What to buy: Sudane hasa variety of handicrafts - made of fibre, wood, bone, beads. Loose garments [jellabiyas], handbags and shoes made of crocodile, snake and other skins; beads of local amber, stones and from other African materials. Brass and copper goods.

    What to pay: It always depends on the size and quality. Bargaining is a must

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    Dinder Market: Protection against scorpions

    by frockland Written Mar 25, 2005

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    What to buy: On the market in Dinder Mr. Youssif is selling traditional medicine. He is also offering a powder that is a protection against scorpions. Its a powder wrapped in a piece of paper. As long as you have it in your pocket you will be safe and no scorpion will bite you. To prove this he is having a small scorpion in his hands. The stuff cost 200 SDD (…and is hopefully worth the money!)

    Mr Youssif��s protection & his scorpion
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    Souvenirs?

    by frockland Written Mar 23, 2005

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    What to buy in Sudan? Do you think about buying a souvenir typical for Sudan? What is typical for this country? I haven’t seen souvenir shops except a few guys trying to sell self made necklaces, rings and small stone pyramids. Swords from the Mahdi warriors can be found but beside of that …? I haven’t seen anything.

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    Afra Shopping Centre

    by frockland Written Mar 23, 2005

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    Afra Centre on Airport Road is a Turkish shopping mall. It houses a large supermarket, a Turkish restaurant, shoe and clothes shops, plus a cinema and bowling alley. Certainly the most modern and most posh place in Khartoum!

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    Libyan Souk, Omdurman: Buying traditional head gear

    by grets Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Several of our party wanted to go native and wear the local head cloth called shamagh, instead of a hat, so Michael took us to a stall which sold the lengths of cloth used to tie this cloth.

    What to pay: We paid 150 dinar for each cloth, which is around US$6

    Negotiating a price
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    Looks better on the animal...

    by mafi_moya Updated Sep 7, 2004

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    Particularly in the tourist mecca of Omdurman Souk there are countless shops selling all kinds of animal related products. If you're after ivory trinkets, snakeskin shoes or a crocodile rug, this is the place to go, but most people now realise the damage such trade has on the environment and wildlife.

    Ironically, much of it is actually fake, although the salesmen will deny it. They'll argue that it's real, believing that's what will convince you to buy it. Expect a lot of puzzled looks if you try and explain that you'd rather the fake stuff than the real deal. Crazy foreigners!

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    Souvenirs

    by mafi_moya Updated Sep 7, 2004

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    What to buy: So you're in Sudan, the people back home are probably drowning you with questions about what it's like so you need some good things to take back to show them. After a year in Sudan I was getting ready to leave and suddenly realised that I should probably buy some presents for the folks back home. Easier said than done.

    Probably the best place for the usual souvenirs and gifts is Omdurman Souk - beads, trinkets, wooden carvings and 'authentic' African masks and shirts, not to mention a load of often illegal and morally dubious animal-related purchases (see below).

    Other than that you can buy jalabiyas in pretty much every market - try getting a good quality one tailor made. Other possible gifts are shisha pipes (again, near Omdurman Souk is a good place) - although they're liable to smash to pieces on the journey home (as told from personal experience!) - or traditional decorated coffee pots. There are plenty of tacky delights waiting to be bought, although T-shirts emblazoned with "My friend went to Sudan and all I got was this lousy t-shirt" are fortunately unlikely to be found!

    Needless to say, after hearing all about my exotic and amazing year in Sudan everyone was a bit disappointed with their rather uninspired presents!

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