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Utamaduni Craft Centre

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Address: Bogani East Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
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Pricey but nice quality

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Kanab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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.

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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.

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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

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great sampling of local crafts all in one spot. If you don't have the time to shop the markets, this is a good place to stop. You'll find Masai beadwork, baskets, textiles, jewelry and trinkets.

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