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Utamaduni Craft Centre

Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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Ranked #2 of 12 shopping in Nairobi
Type: Specialty Shops
Most recent review
- Feb 24, 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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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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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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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I think its a co-operative for Kenyan artists & art & crafts - all under one roof! Its hassle free, no bargaining, no hustling, no pressure to buy. Its displayed very well & you can take as much or as little time to browse through the multitude of rooms for Kenyan treasure. They are quite decently priced as well and... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Great stop during our day in Nairobi. A collective, where artists and artisans display their crafts, the craft center offers a haggle and hassle free way to browse a variety of quality crafts and souvenirs in a lovely environment. You simply walk in, tell the artists what you want, and they take it up front for you, where you pay... More

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Washington, D.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Utamaduni Arts and Crafts center was well-organized and offered quite a few different stalls of varied Kenyan goods. a great place to pick up some varied things. luncheon in the outdoor garden was nice, decent food and reasonable. But slow - allow yourself an hour for lunch, maybe more if there are many people there at the same time.

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