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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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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Couldn't Wait to Return

I visited the first time in August 2014, during my first trip to Nairobi, and knew I'd visit again whenever I returned. Utamaduni is house filled with different rooms of crafts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2015
Patricia C
Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I visited the first time in August 2014, during my first trip to Nairobi, and knew I'd visit again whenever I returned. Utamaduni is house filled with different rooms of crafts from different sellers. There are kitchen items, linens, clothing, baskets, leather goods, toys, souvenirs, furniture...anything you can imagine! I picked up beaded dog collars for my dogs at home,... More 

Thank Patricia C
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Quiet craft sale's center away from the heavy traffic in suburbian Karen District. Large assortment of mostly quality fabricated and hand crafted products. On the plus side: Fixed and tagged prices. And one can see art's craft pieces of rare form and quality. But in general fare too expensive, boardering to be impertinent. Obviously an up-markedet trap for wealthy tourists.... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

If you're looking for some souvenirs from your Kenya trip but didn't manage to find something at local communities along your way, or aren't comfortable with haggling over prices, this is a great place to find something. It's not particularly cheap, but it's less than the street vendors will start at, and there's a wide range of specialty vendors operating... More 

2 Thank PictureTomas
Kaltenkirchen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

so many thing to buy under one roof, but all the rooms are small shops and sooo different...so colour ful...in the end you will buy more than you expected...you need an extra bag...but you will buy it there.

1 Thank Tatjana0409
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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

Thank Sharon S
New Jersey
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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.

1 Thank Marla001
Adelaide, Australia
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 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 

4 Thank LaurenMc92
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 

2 Thank darlingclementine1
Jalandhar, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank travel0ver16
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

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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