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Utamaduni Craft Centre

Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
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Variety of great local crafts and great service!

We visited here based on a recommendation from our travel guide given my interest specifically in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
bsk2017
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Plainsboro, New Jersey
Amazing quality, great variety and fair prices

This was our favorite stop in Nairobi. Everything is nicely organized. A huge variety of high... read more

Reviewed March 30, 2017
ceramicsgrl
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San Francisco, California
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Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi Central Business District
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here based on a recommendation from our travel guide given my interest specifically in the carved wooden bowls with animals that are handcrafted in Kenya. The selection was varied and of excellent quality. There were so many beautiful handcrafts (besides the bowls) it...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2017

This was our favorite stop in Nairobi. Everything is nicely organized. A huge variety of high quality and unique masks, textiles, jewelry, home goods, etc. from different groups and locals they also had fair pricing We ended up spending over $600.00 for a suitcase full...More

Thank ceramicsgrl
utamadunicrafts, General Manager at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. We look forward to welcoming you back again. In the meantime we are about to open one more shop in the complex. Karibu and Asante sana.

Reviewed March 14, 2017

We had some time before our flight, so we went to the Craft Centre where we found a good selection of local craft art for sale. The prices were high, as the Centre is of, by and for tourists.More

Thank Max G
utamadunicrafts, Owner at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice comments of our Craft Centre. We try to have as many varied crafts as possible and also try very hard to keep our prices competitive. We do understand that we are not as cheap as the markets, but do hope...More

Reviewed January 25, 2017

Utamaduni is a mecca for shopping, everything from jewelry, toys, clothing, carved wooden animals, and kitchen aprons. There are so many rooms designed with a theme to help make your browsing experience easier. Everyone is very helpful and friendly, and they wrap your bought treasures....More

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Reviewed December 23, 2016

Wow, we came across this 'Aladins Cave' of African treasures by accident. Curiosity took us into the grounds. I saw lots of cars first, indicating this place was popular. To the right there was an eating place and it was packed out. My little grandaughter...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed November 14, 2016

this is set in an old mansion. All varieties of art and crafts, fabrics and jewelry, all arranged beautifully I bought a lot of fabric. My only turn off - they had scarves made in china. but everything else was african made. A must stop...More

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

Many thanks for your visit to Utamaduni and for your positive review. Thank you for also pointing out that you found some scarves made in China. All our suppliers are African or from Africa and we definitely want to be promoting only African produce. It...More

Reviewed November 7, 2016

It was fun wandering through this craft centre, which, I'm guessing, was once a very large two-story house, but now is filled in every possible room, nook, cranny and hallway with hand-carved wooden sculptures, bowls, trays, serving utensils, paintings, books, clothing, coffee, tea, candy, and...More

Thank Pi-T526
Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

There is this place just off Langata Rd, frequented by few and yet holding much. I was looking for African crafts that go beyond the local bazaars spreadout in the city and accidentally fell into Utamaduni. Thirsty and hungry, I wasn't expecting it. As I...More

2  Thank Wanjiru M
utamadunicrafts, Owner at Utamaduni Craft Centre, responded to this review

Lovely to hear of your happy culinary experience followed by shopping therapy at Utamaduni. Thank you for writing your experience for us to hear about it. Looking forward to seeing you back here for the second course soon.

Reviewed October 6, 2016 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...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...More

Reviewed October 1, 2016

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...More

1  Thank Jill I
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Mor A
Do you accept credit card?
February 2, 2017|
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Response from utamadunicrafts | Property representative |
Yes we accept all credit cards (visa, master, American Amex etc). Looking forward to seeing you here.
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lummels
Has anyone had experience shipping from this center? Do they offer international shipping?
January 22, 2017|
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Response from utamadunicrafts | Property representative |
Yes we ship to all parts of the world and have been doing this for 20 years. We are known for our reliable and efficient shipping. But please feel free to ask more specifically where you would like goods shipped and we can... More
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Travelbug_Chicago09
Hi Hans - did you happen to see any side tables or stools? Or, know of any places in Nairobi? We have 2 days in the city in Aug and would love to hear your tips. Best, Mel
May 21, 2015|
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Response from Helen A | Reviewed this property |
Utamaduni doesn't stock a lot of furniture, although last time I visited there were a few beaded/mosaic tables and stools. I would suggest you try Sunny Daze, which has a range of good quality indoor and outdoor furniture... More
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