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Utamaduni Craft Centre

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Neighborhood: Nairobi Central Business District
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Address: Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
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Local Crafts All in One Spot

Great sampling of local crafts all in one spot. If you don't have the time to shop the markets, this is a good place to stop. You'll find Masai beadwork, baskets, textiles... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The garden is very nice and the food is good if not particularly exciting. The curio shops are a real tourist trap with outrageous prices though and the service is not particularly fats

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great sampling of local crafts all in one spot. If you don't have the time to shop the markets, this is a good place to stop. You'll find Masai beadwork, baskets, textiles, jewelry and trinkets.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The craft centre is very unique with the different shops incorporated in the one building. The staff are very helpful but are not too "in your face" and I found the prices to be very reasonable. The restaurant in the complex is also very good and serves delicious american style cheeseburgers! Bathrooms could do with an upgrade but they were... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This carefully curated selection of craft items from Kenya is a step above the other local craft markets and with less pressure to purchase. There is a small kiosk at the entrance where all of the items have been made by street children and the proceeds go to them. Very well done hand painted items. The veranda restaurant has a... More 

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Jalandhar, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This place is good in the sense that it has many curio shops and all kinds of handicrafts under practically one roof but I found them very expensive. I bought many similar things from outside, at significantly lower prices. So, for me this place was too expensive for shopping. The restaurant appeared nice, but I didn't eat anything there since... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Granted there are many good restaurants in Karen area, I simply love the food here, Indian food garnished beautifully, great choice of salad, etc. All tables are outdoor in a garden surrounded by birdsong of different kinds. An absolute delightful way to enjoy a meal.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is my favourite place in Nairobi for souvenir shopping. It's a bit more expensive than the open air craft markets but refreshingly hassle free. There's a good selection of items including a stall outside run by an organization that supports street children. The food is good and reasonably priced. There is ample free car parking.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Stopped here for lunch (which was delicious and very filling - big portions), only had a short amount of time for browsing in the shop. Could have used at least another 1/2 hour or more for looking at all the wonderful items they have for sale - super variety to choose from, didn't even get to all the rooms (including... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Brilliant place. Not cheap but very good quality of handicraft sold here. The restaurant attached is very good with nice varied menu and good service., Spend at least one hour in the shop so you dont miss anything. Textiles from Mail were my favourites.

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East London, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Great selection Good prices Lovely atmosphere Huge variety - bags, shoes, clothing, kitchen, bathroom, kids toys. Don't miss the Street Boys Art section outside the main house - beautiful work produced by very talented street children You'll need at least an hour to grouse around. Lovely spot for coffee or lunch.

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