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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Erica R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Erica R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank bellaalma
Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Jim M
Kanab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Claudia P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

Utamaduni is a pleasant place to be. Near the Giraffe center, they have a very nice restaurant in the garden, good food and fair prices. There are 16 shops of selected pieces of african artcrafts. There is no bargain, but you can choose without being harrassed.

1 Thank Claude P
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 

1 Thank Patricia C
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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 

Thank Ornulf H
Oslo, Norway
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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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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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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

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