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Utamaduni Craft Centre

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Address: Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Lovely crafts and gifts

This house has many rooms by different vendors of quality crafts and goods. It is on the higher end price wise but no haggling and quality items. There's no pressure to buy and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Jill I
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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Nairobi, Kenya
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to visit yesterday at around 3;36p m and we were denied entry by the askaris at the gate. Surely why do they underestimate Kenyans, they behaved like fools who wanted to be bribed & I feel they really need to be trained on customer care. They claimed that being that their boss was in even made it impossible... More 

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utamadunicrafts, Owner at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

We are Very sorry that you were not happy with our security arrangements at Utamaduni. Unfortunately the ways of the world have changed and we are not unique in having strict security measures before entering a business. In Kenya it is common to find this in all Malls, Hotels, Banks and more. We totally appreciate that it can be invasive... More 

Kaneohe, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house has many rooms by different vendors of quality crafts and goods. It is on the higher end price wise but no haggling and quality items. There's no pressure to buy and there' a huge variety of items. Again, it is more xpensive than other places but if you don't like bartering, shop here.

Thank Jill I
Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guide took us there for lunch then a bit of shopping after a failed visit to Lovebirds curio shop which attempted to charge us 3 times the market price for rather ordinary mass produced low quality craft items. The sales assistants were helpful courteous but totally hapless in offering any discount. It came across to me that they... More 

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155anthony, General Manager at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review of our products. We do indeed do plenty of screening before the artifacts hit our shelves. Regarding the lack of discount you mention, as owner and Managing Director of Utamaduni Craft Centre, I take exception to the inference that politicians, landlords etc. get a cut of the sales. This is totally not the case.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

The shops here are definitely filled with a variety of items. When time is short, you can probably get through your shopping list, but at a cost. The outside cafe has some covered seating in the event of rain, and some lovely shaded spots. A very pleasant setting, good food and reasonably priced.

1 Thank Masharubu B
155anthony, General Manager at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

We are sorry to note your unhappiness with the security measures at Utamaduni. We do hope you will understand, with the way the world is today, it has become necessary to have strict security measures and this has become a permanent feature here in Kenya. We are not exceptional in this respect and you will find this in most hotels,... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

There are multiple shops at this location offering everything from key chains to large wood carvings. It is well worth a trip .

1 Thank boyohboy10
Durham, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This center seems much smaller than it is at first glance. There are so many little shops, and with absolutely anything you could want! Soapstone, wood carvings, masks, bronze, beads, textiles...you name it! I wish I had more time to browse!

1 Thank Chanda B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Loved this place! Love that it benefits local women. Great shopping. Found really lovely kids clothes & women's dresses too. Great selection of beaded jewelry. I could have spent hours looking through here. A MUST on your shopping places to visit.

1 Thank Erica R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

I visited Utamaduni multiple times during a trip to Nairobi in October 2015. I was staying and working in Karen, which made dining and shopping here very convenient. Although the items were pricier than some of the other shops and markets around Nairobi, everything was top quality. Some of the furniture, crafts, sculptures and accessories were absolutely exquisite. I loved... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

You need to have a lot of money to visit this place. Located near the giraffe center and has some good crafts. The do not bargain at all - all prices are on the items. Most of them you can get for less than half the price in the Maasai Market or other gift shops. There are some unique items... More 

1 Thank Jim M
Kanab, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

A stunning oasis of individual rooms filled with fantastic finds from Kenya. Streetwise shop has lovely items with the proceeds helping children. Jewelry, beading, sandals, art, clothing, statues, material - you name it, you'll find it here. The outdoor restaurant has lovely food in a lovelier setting.

1 Thank Claudia P

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