Utamaduni Craft Centre
Utamaduni Craft Centre
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Utamaduni is the best African artisan market in Nairobi. Perfectly located in the leafy suburb of Langata the shop is easy to drop into on you way to some of the exciting venues in Nairobi such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or the Giraffe Centre. You can sit in the beautiful garden with refreshments and then wind your way through a treasure trove of shops, with friendly staff to assist and help pack or ship if needed. Make sure you make Utamaduni a part of your Kenya holiday itinerary.
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  • melanie o
    Cambridge, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent traditional crafts
    Excellent place. Loads of little areas within selling a vast amount of gifts. All priced and really reasonable prices. Lovely pls e, well laid out and good value. Would recommend for local gifts.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • SoloWithPassport
    Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth paying more for hassle-free shopping
    An excellent art and craft centre, with a wide range of artefacts from across Kenya, both traditional and contemporary. Prices are considerably higher than at street markets, but they are fixed, so you don’t need to haggle (and shouldn’t). You can also shop entirely hassle-free - staff leave you to browse without any chasing or “help”, unless requested. You can also be sure your money is supporting the artisans. Highlights for me were the baby shop with lovely toys and clothing, the bath ware shop with some gorgeous soaps and candles, and the many beads and carvings. You pay in one transaction at the front till. Cards accepted. Note there are a few shops outside the main house, including one supporting street children. Don’t overlook them! Very pleasant garden cafe on site.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Lisa P
    45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely items and service
    This is a lovely well-run center where you can buy from a huge selection of arts, crafts and souvenirs. There really is something for everyone! No pressure to buy, but enough kind sales people around to help. Fixed prices mean no haggling, which is a relief for some of us. The prices range from reasonable to high, which is why I gave it four stars, not five, but the experience is five stars. We spent a little over an hour, probably could’ve spent a bit longer but had another spot to visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 21, 2023
  • bolild
    Kings Mountain, North Carolina148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great shopping for those of us who do not enjoy bartering!
    We visited Utamaduni Craft Center on the first day of our safari trip. I wish that I could have gone back at the end. I do not enjoy the bartering process and would have loved shopping at this nice fixed price shop after looking around. I feel like the prices were reasonable and there was a good variety of souvenirs. The restaurant out front was relaxing and comfortable and had very good food.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • jainlv22
    Las Vegas, Nevada6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint little place with variety
    I’m not a big shopper, but my wife wanted to visit the shops based on the review she saw. It was a quaint little place about eight minutes from the Giraffe Center, so it was convenient after we went there. They had a wide variety of handcrafted items from trinkets, to housewares, to fabrics, to carved items. All items seemed reasonably priced and absolutely no pressure to buy. You could walk in and out of the little shops at your leisure. I don’t know if it would be a destination if you weren’t going to be in the area, but if you’re going out that way or you want to make the trip, it is a very nice shopping location.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 21, 2024
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jainlv22
Las Vegas, NV6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I’m not a big shopper, but my wife wanted to visit the shops based on the review she saw. It was a quaint little place about eight minutes from the Giraffe Center, so it was convenient after we went there. They had a wide variety of handcrafted items from trinkets, to housewares, to fabrics, to carved items. All items seemed reasonably priced and absolutely no pressure to buy. You could walk in and out of the little shops at your leisure. I don’t know if it would be a destination if you weren’t going to be in the area, but if you’re going out that way or you want to make the trip, it is a very nice shopping location.
Written January 21, 2024
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Naito1
Nairobi, Kenya14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Restaurant located in a lovely, setene and green environment with a small playground that's ideal for families with young children. There are also a number of shops selling African curio products though quite expensively.

The food was average, and portions were quite small for the prices charged. For example, the fish tacos cost 1,650/- Kenyan Shillings and did not come with any sides. The fries that came as a side with the burger and hotdogs we ordered were quite few and all the food was under-salted.

The service was, to be honest, terrible! Our server seemed impatient and walked off as we were still placing our drinks order. She brought the food out piece-meal meaning some people had to start eating before others. She also brought the food before bringing the cutlery, and brought two pepper shakers with no salt (remember the food was under-salted). When we ordered for the chicken wings, she didn't ask about the level of chilli/spice, and when they came they were very hot (chilli+++)!

The service was the major let-down of the overall experience. I really hope they can improve to give customers a better experience in the future.
Written December 27, 2023
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buketito
Doha, Qatar64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It’s one of the good places for shopping. It’s worth visiting and you can have a nice lunch as well. You can find clothes, decorations, jewellery, coffee, all the local stuff..
Written November 15, 2023
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bolild
Kings Mountain, NC148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited Utamaduni Craft Center on the first day of our safari trip. I wish that I could have gone back at the end. I do not enjoy the bartering process and would have loved shopping at this nice fixed price shop after looking around. I feel like the prices were reasonable and there was a good variety of souvenirs. The restaurant out front was relaxing and comfortable and had very good food.
Written October 22, 2023
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Elisabeth411411
Fort Myers, FL198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We enjoyed this quiet space to browse for souvenirs and lunch. There are several vendors; all areas are organized and beautifully presented. The staff was very helpful. We were surprised how many dishes were offered from what appeared to be a small kitchen. We dined outside in the shade from trees.
Written September 3, 2023
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Golf 4098
Scottsdale, AZ4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Best shopping we found in Nairobi. Excellent quality and variety. But prices are marked so no “Nairobi bargaining”. Also a lovely restaurant.
Written August 25, 2023
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Lisa P
New York45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is a lovely well-run center where you can buy from a huge selection of arts, crafts and souvenirs. There really is something for everyone! No pressure to buy, but enough kind sales people around to help. Fixed prices mean no haggling, which is a relief for some of us. The prices range from reasonable to high, which is why I gave it four stars, not five, but the experience is five stars. We spent a little over an hour, probably could’ve spent a bit longer but had another spot to visit.
Written August 21, 2023
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Kochar
HongKong12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
+ Good Collection in one place
+ fixed price
+ in the same premises as restaurant, which serve excellent vegetarian cuisine

- It is quite expensive. The prices are at least 4-5 times more expensive than what you get at other places ( example Masai market in two rivers mall basement , though you need to bargain hard)
Written August 7, 2023
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SoloWithPassport
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
An excellent art and craft centre, with a wide range of artefacts from across Kenya, both traditional and contemporary.

Prices are considerably higher than at street markets, but they are fixed, so you don’t need to haggle (and shouldn’t). You can also shop entirely hassle-free - staff leave you to browse without any chasing or “help”, unless requested. You can also be sure your money is supporting the artisans.

Highlights for me were the baby shop with lovely toys and clothing, the bath ware shop with some gorgeous soaps and candles, and the many beads and carvings.

You pay in one transaction at the front till. Cards accepted.

Note there are a few shops outside the main house, including one supporting street children. Don’t overlook them!

Very pleasant garden cafe on site.
Written July 29, 2023
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Vivian R
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A kenyan's crafts shop with 11 shops covering all gifts you can think of. Very good quality and kind service. Handmade woodwork, rugs, cutlery and and and - must visit 🌞
Written July 24, 2023
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