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Utamaduni Craft Centre

Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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Ranked #2 of 14 shopping in Nairobi
Type: Specialty Shops
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London, United Kingdom
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247 reviews 247 reviews
17 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We had a relaxing lunch here and then visited the craft centre. The food was quite good and fresh. The craft centre has the benefit of 'no haggling'.

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El Segundo, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
17 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The lunch was perfect...excellent soup. The shopping was nice - no hassel and free to just browse around. Great way to spend 1.5-2 hours in the afternoon. I must admit though, the bees also loved what I was having for lunch, but they were not intrusive, just curious. It is a fixed price but within reason place to shop. If... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I am not a "shopper" and really dislike the street shop hawkers along with the pressure sales people at different curios shops throughout Kenya. However, a surprise shopping experience occurred after our fun visits to the elephant orphanage and giraffe center. We were hungry for lunch and went to a delightful garden spot near Karen to eat. There was the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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227 attraction reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

The craft center houses many individual rooms, each of which sells something different. Therefore, you can find a lot of variety (statues, masks, toys, jewelry, bath items, kitchenware, clothing, paintings, etc...) in one location. All items are fixed prices so there is no pressure of bargaining, I assume that I still overpaid, but the prices were much lower than what... More

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Croydon, Surrey
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Four of us had a lovely luch here during our stay in Nairobi. We introduced our two friends to this lovely place. My husband and I have already been here before. The bird life in the garden is as good as ever and the lunch was very appetising. I would thoroughly recommend this place as a lunch stopover during a... More

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Geneva, IL
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We had lunch here and it was really good. Garden was very pretty and we managed to do some birding during lunch. The only guests with binoculars glued to their faces during lunch! Afterwards we did some shopping in the very nice shops. No pressure and reasonable prices. Wish we had bought more here!

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Atlanta
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

I always seek out local crafts wherever I go. Utamaduni does not disappoint. The quality is high, the selection is wide and varied. Prices are not exorbitant. I doubt that you will find a better selection anywhere in East Africa. It's a bit out of town in Nairobi, but it's close to some other attractions such as the Giraffe and... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Love this place and have been several times through the years. If you have one stop before you leave Kenya, this is the place. They will also ship anything back for you and pack it very well. Plan on spending a lot of time here, as there is plenty to see in every room and nook and cranny. Stay for... More

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Kamloops, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Great place to buy African handicrafts in a friendly and non-aggressive setting. Gardens are beautiful . Located in Karen

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Jonkoping, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

African handicraft and great lunch venue in beautiful garden, located in Karen, a tranquil suburb to Nairobi. Well worth a visit when in the area, and conveniently located near Nairobi National Park. Kids loved the garden.

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