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“A very good place for lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Utamaduni Craft Centre

Utamaduni Craft Centre
Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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Croydon, Surrey
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“A very good place for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Only went there for lunch as recommended by our favourite safari company - WILDLIFE SAFARI of Nairobi.
As the place was full, the four of us had lunch under a lovely sheltered arbour. It was teeming with rain, which made it all the more fun. Very well looked after by rain soaked waiters who continued to smile even though they were drenched bringing us our meals. The food and wine was extremely good and we were not rushed in any way. Thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all. Would recommend it and next time we're in Nairobi, we will have a good look at the shop.

Visited October 2012
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“Great place for local gifts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

My wife and I visited here one afternoon and loved it, alot of gifts to chose from and about 20 different little shops in one place, proces also were some of the best we found. the cafe on site also does a very nice lunch allowng you to recover from the shopping, well worth a visit....

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC
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“A Must if you are in Karen during the day - one stop for all the souvenirs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

This is a great spot for one stop shopping - its a house that has been transformed into room after room of different crafts, sculptures, cloth, beaded products, tea, coffee, high end sculpture...you name it.

I was able to find some really great souvenirs - there's one room just for kids, which is very reasonably priced with books, stuffed animals, and really cute clothes.

I ended up coming back twice as the prices were really fair and the selection was spot on.

Visited September 2012
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“Handicrafts from all over Africa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

A bit of a hike to visit if you are staying in the city. Make a day of visiting Karen and include this with the Giraffe Sanctuary and Elephant Sanctuary. Its a great place to while away a bit of time if you are waiting for the inevitable late night flight out of Nairobi. We have been 3 times to Utamaduni. You need time to browse each room as it is a virtual treasure trove of artifacts from around Africa. If you are travelling as a couple and your partner does not like shopping, time your visit around lunch as there is an outdoor garden restaurant which does reasonably priced meals and serves drinks and snacks all day.

Visited June 2012
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

About an hour from Westlands. Not well sign posted if you are driving. We had grilled chicken and chips plus steamed veg.We did wait a while, deffinately worth it. 2700 plus cokes for 2 of us.
The are is lush green and cool. The shops are great you can spend a good few hours looking, my husband slept in the car after our lunch. There is every price range from ridiculous. To 250. All really lovely and well organised. Go and see.

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