Nairobi is the best place in East Africa for shopping opportunities. Pieces of art, jewellery (check out the East African exclusive gem stones Tanzanite and "Tsavorite"), souvenirs and handicrafts can be found from vendors, kiosks, boutiques, supermarkets, small shops, department stores and malls. The best shopping spots are located in Westlands, Parklands and Gigiri. Never accept the first price, be prepared to haggle hard where possible.
Interesting downtown shops are situated along the Kenyatta Avenue, Koinange Street, and Kimathi Street, where tourists can found Safari wear, T-shirts, wood carvings and jewelry.
Maasai Market offers traditional Maasai crafts and curios such as baskets, beaded jewelry, gourds. It is located near to the Globe Cinema during the week and at Kenyatta Avenue on weekends. African Flavors is an excellent place to sample traditional Kenyan dishes like sukuma wiki, ugali, githeri and kienyeji.
In Biashara ("Business") Street, many shops deal textiles, kikoys, and handicrafts, with excellent tailoring services available. The city market on Muindi Mbingu Street is an interesting place to visit, offers a good range of meat, fish, fruit, flowers, vegetarian stalls and local handicrafts such as kiondo (colorful woven sisal bags), jewelry, and carvings.
Uchumi (economy in Swahili) is an important supermarket chain, located throughout Nairobi, Nakumatt is another chain of supermarkets, provides 24-hour services, it is the competitor to Sarit Centre.
Yaya Centre is a well-known shopping mall located outside of the city center.
Address: Arwings Kodhek Road, P.O Box 76440 - 00508, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254-20-2713360/1, 3864560
The Sarit Centre, is a shopping mall where visitors can find clothing, shipping and Internet services, there are also a movie theater.
Address: Westlands, Off Waiyaki Way, P.O. Box 14474-00800, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: 254-2-3747408/9, 3748662, 3740329
Village Market, has a wide selection of shops, restaurants, cinemas, even mini golf courses
Address: Village Mkt Limuru Road, P.O Box 100 Village Market
African Heritage Center, where visitors can found handicrafts, artwork and jewelry from all Africa
Address: African Heritage Bldg, Banda Street
Other important shopping spots are: Zanzibar Curio Shop on Moi Avenue, Kenafro Antiques and Crafts on Koinange Street, the Ostrich Park in the Langata area, Zebra Crafts on Koinange Street, Kazuri Beads and Pottery Centre on Mbagathi Ridge in Karen, Embakasi Village Crafts Market, on the Mombasa Road,
Shopping is a delight in Nairobi, however, visitors are advised to be vigilant and keep all valuables in a secure place, generally the city centre is best avoided unless you do so with a person you know.
Any taxi driver will know the main shopping centers, so getting there is not a problem.
Shopping hours: Shops are typically open Monday - Saturday from 08:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00.
Note: The sale of souvenirs made of wildlife skins (including reptiles) and shells is forbidden.