Aromas of Zanzibar
Aromas of Zanzibar
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Aromas of Zanzibar is a forward thinking and progressive textile goods company featuring handmade products produced exclusively in Zanzibar. Our timeless products are lovingly crafted to complement and facilitate, as well as enhance, contemporary lifestyles.Custom made clothing,accessories, housewares,personal and travel bags from African material all locally hand crafted on premises with love.
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  • Etti S
    Johannesburg, South Africa15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Service that went above and beyond
    Unbelievable service! Arrived at the store to buy serviette boxes but there was only 1 left. Rizwan went out of his way to make and deliver everything I asked for directly to the hotel that same evening. So excited with my purchase
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Taz R
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly, fair, authentic and unique
    The streets of Zanzibar’s Stonetown are chalk full of souvenir shops, spice stores and all the tourist traps! It’s hard to tell where to shop and what to skip and eventually everything starts to look the same. If you’re looking for authentic Tanzania hand made quality items like luggage tags, bags, wallets, dog accessories, spice pouches and more you absolutely MUST visit Aromas of zanzibar! You are greeted warmly, prices are clearly labelled in local currency - same price for locals and tourists, the owner Rizu Janmohamed will happily answer questions and help you with your selections. No sales pitch, no flagging you in, no over inflated pricing and he will likely throw in a treat as well if you tell him Taz sent you! Always innovating so check back often. We bought a beautiful dog collar and some spices 🏆 Also, his English is impeccable and he’s a native so he knows all the hot spots!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Alemmaya M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Treasure Trove of Zanzibar’s Craftsmanship
    Aromas of Zanzibar is a charming local shop that crafts beautiful accessories and bags from locally sourced fabrics. Embracing the cultural heritage of Zanzibar each piece tells a unique story. Ethical, and affordable, - a must-visit gem! 👌👜🎁 #SupportLocalArtisans #UniqueFinds Love from #Ethiopia
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Francisca D
    Cranbrook, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool shopping oasis in the middle of Stome Town
    We dived into this shop because as an Interior Decorator I was immediately drawn in by the textiles! They are unique amongst the plethora of sometimes cheap/polyester copies sold throughout Tanzania. Beautiful patterns and quality. In addition you are genuinely given space to browse, and negotiating and transacting with the owner was straightforward and pleasant. I want to go back for more!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Ismat S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing products and workmanship!!
    Aromas has always provided me the best value products - they take orders and produce goods in record time. Their work is of a high standard and the fabrics they use are beautiful. The owner was very responsive to our needs, and completed our order in a short period of time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Exploration720549
    Aldershot, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great dog collar beautiful made and worth buying
    Went and brought a beautiful piece made by aromas of zanzibar...a dog collar beautifully made different colours and sizes plenty of room for growth ..high viz on the collar. Reasonably priced and such good thick quality material . Went home put on my doggy and she loved it it lit up in the dark as well on the high viz...I will use again for other item..a great little business and wortha look great value for money ranging from £10 ..sizes small medium and large ..would recommend
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Pe N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Zanzibar Gem: Aromas of Zanzibar and Ridhwan's Exceptional Service
    Aromas of Zanzibar is an experience in and of itself; curated by the warm and welcoming Ridhwan. His genuine passion for his craft shines through in every interaction, making shopping a joy. From the moment you step in, you're greeted with a smile and helpful guidance, never a pushy sales pitch. The merchandise itself is a testament to Ridhwan's dedication to quality and uniqueness. He stocks a wide range of high quality kitenge made items, some you never know you needed! Each handcrafted item showcases the beauty and artistry of Zanzibar. As a testament to their quality, a wallet I bought four years ago remains a cherished companion, standing the test of time. I highly recommend a visit to Aromas of Zanzibar. It's a chance to connect with the vibrant culture of Zanzibar and take home a piece of its magic. And at the heart of it all is the ever-gracious Ridhwan, whose genuine warmth and attentiveness make every visit unforgettable.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 10, 2023
  • G P
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best place for unique, high quality and one of a kind gifts from Zanzibar
    This shop was my favorite place to buy beautiful, unique souvenirs to bring back to people. Everything is handmade from locally produced fabrics, no other store like it. My favorites were the tiny coin purses and makeup bags. The shop owner Rizu is so kind and patient happy to let you peruse or answer questions. I will come back every time I’m in Zanzibar!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 8, 2024
  • wariidi
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Zanzibar shopping experience
    Aromas of Zanzibar is a wonderful shop. Ridwan's products are beautifull and well in made. He also has a good range of kitengi material. His many years of trading in Stonetown have resulted in a very fine shop full of excellent presents. The owner Ridwan is very easy to relate with and is supportive in his approach. I am in total agreement with all the excellent reviews that I read prior to visiting Aromas of Zanzibar.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 26, 2024
  • Lisa P
    Highton, Australia39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous local handcrafted items using spectacular local fabric
    So happy to have found this shop! Shame it was on our last day and we didn’t have time to take advantage of the customisation available. I had been looking for a bag to use for my laptop and was thrilled at the quality and designs available at aromas. Some great ides for gifts for loved ones that will be used and is a bit different to the mass produced items found in tourism shops. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2024
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keshyg
Durban, South Africa10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
If you're looking for authentic souvenirs with great quality for your loved ones, at great prices definitely visit this place!

Rizwan is the friendly owner of the store who is great at making custom pieces as well. My partner and I visited on the first day of our trip to Stone Town after reading online reviews and we were not disappointed when we actually went there. We even ended up returning to really browse through for anything we might've missed the first time.

We bought great messenger bags, ipad cases traditional, traditional African print shorts (which was custom made in 24 hours since I couldn't find my size and Rizwan was happy to assist with this on short notice). We got headbands, books, custom made table runners, aloe Vera fragrances, travel organisers and so much other stuff.

Rizwan has many many offerings for many different devices/instruments/occasions.

We visited many stores in Stone Town but ended up buying most of our souvenirs from him because it was the best value for money, customer service and product offerings.
Written October 19, 2020
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Footprints43144
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The owner of Aromas of Zanzibar, Rizwan, is not only creative in the multiple number of products he creates from kitenge, he is amazingly generous, kind and friendly. This is the one shop I went to daily while I was in Zanzibar - just to admire all his products and chat with him. Aromas is clean, colourful and beautifully organized! Rizwan makes affordable, practical, high quality items for daily use! Aromas of Zanzibar in Stonetown is must to visit especially if you are looking for wholesale and retail items for business and gifts!!
Written April 1, 2020
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Maddy R
Greenwood, SC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is one of the lovely special places to shop in Zanzibar! The owner is a talented maker of bags, wallets, book covers, and other items. I ordered a work briefcase with an exquisite fabric, and it was ready within two days. The craftsmanship is superb and I would highly recommend Aromas of Zanzibar!!!
Written January 22, 2022
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Nabil
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Recently purchases some dog collars from Rizwan. He was extremely helpful(as usual). The collars are extremely high quality and was thoroughly impressed. Looking forward to seeing all the new pet items he will be selling.
Written October 18, 2020
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natacha sopcek
Belgrade, Serbia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
What an amazing experience enter into Aromas of Zanzibar, vivacious and colorful store, with literally everything out of kitenge! At first and most important is to have the chance to meet Rizwan, wonderful soul and THE Friend for whole life! He is a true artist and visionary, with all his amazing selection of everything, for everyday usage or for decorating (bookmarks, wallets, all kind of bags, guitar cases, notebooks, packing cubes, even bicycle accessories, things for babys, containers for glasses, iPad cases), very unique and customized, all locally hand-stitched on the spot. The quality of the products is unbeatable and the fabric simply does not rip, and Rizwan has his own patent for locking all zippers. All is made of beautiful African print, and the attention to detail is on point. Whatever you can imagine, he has it, utilitarian and aesthetical, true to Rizwan‘s tag line - handmade with love! It is even possible to choose Kitenga fabric and get the desired products made of them, or bring it home. Every year, Rizwan has about 30 new designs and products. And not to forget to mention, he has excellent selection of used books! Thank You dear Rizwan!
Written August 21, 2021
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Exploration720549
Aldershot, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Went and brought a beautiful piece made by aromas of zanzibar...a dog collar beautifully made different colours and sizes plenty of room for growth ..high viz on the collar.
Reasonably priced and such good thick quality material .
Went home put on my doggy and she loved it it lit up in the dark as well on the high viz...I will use again for other item..a great little business and wortha look great value for money ranging from £10 ..sizes small medium and large ..would recommend
Written November 6, 2023
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Luiana M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Business
Excellent customer service, quality products with reasonable prices. I bought my first laptop bag back in 2017 and I am still using the bag to date. I bought another one today and am impressed with the improved quality of the bags. I would recommend anyone coming to ZNZ to visit the shop for all your cosmetics, laptop, lunch bags etc. Thank me later
Written July 28, 2020
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Phat17
Metro Manila, Philippines1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Got a very good quality, authentic and very nice organizer from Aromas of Zanzibar.
No doubt, it’s the best one I got which I can use whenever I travel.
I highly recommend their handmade stuff, so perfect for personal use, for gift and giveaway. 👍🏻💝
Written June 28, 2020
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ElgaGiannini
Viareggio, Italy20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
I suggest a visit to this shop, you will find a quantity of objects entirely handmade with all the love that only the hands of a craftsman can create ... let your imagination run wild! Beautiful menus for the restaurant completely customized according to your needs ... a wide choice of materials, from leather to beautiful kitenghe, diaries, computer cases, wallets, bags of all kinds, beautiful covers for guitars and much, much more...
Written September 29, 2021
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3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
The store is amazing it has all sorts of things from note books to scrunches, from bags to mugs, And many more, there are wide ranges of products and the prices are great. The store owner as well as staff are very friendly. I would totally recommend it
Written September 8, 2020
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