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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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Istanbul, Turkey
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Shopping for local artcrafts and handcrafts is an adventure in nairobi, but in this center, you can find many things and their prices on each... from tshirts to artwork, from bags to tableware, and prices are reasonable, pay. With credit card,,,

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65 reviews 65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

After enduring the various crafts outlets along the Kenyan Highways, this is a great place to spend your time uninterrupted or pressured. The selection is amazing, well laid out and decently priced. Sit down and enjoy a nice lunch or repas. We really enjoyed the visit and their selections.

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Naples, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Anything you would want to buy is here. Just one stop and you can get carvings, soapstone, children's gifts, clothing, furniture--everything. The prices are very reasonable and they will ship if necessary. I will definitely visit the next time I'm in Nairobi.

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We visited this complex at the recommendation of our Tour Guide and we are thankful to him for getting us here as we had a wonderful experience here! They have a huge collection of Kenyan Memorabilia, clothes, accessories and jewellery. The entire collection is impeccably arranged and formatted! the best part is no pushing, bargaining or haggling! We could peacefully... More

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London, United Kingdom
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251 reviews 251 reviews
17 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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462 reviews 462 reviews
234 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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