Nairobi has a number of nice shopping areas. The Village Market is my favorite mall. This unique mall has both an open and closed design. The weather is usually so nice in Nairobi that it's fun to be in a shopping centre that takes advantage of this wonderful climate. It has a range of shops from lower to higher end. It has a very tasty food court and several nice restaurants so that you can take a break and relax. I have not had problems at the Village Market. However, for those who may have concerns, the Village Market has increased security since the Westgate Mall attack.
In addition, for those who like art, the Village Market has a few nice places to purchase contemporary art and jewelry such as Kalabash. You may also want to see the Kitengela Glass kiosk in the mall. You may also want to stop by the Kikoy Co. to purchase Kenyan Kikoy fabrics. For more tourist type art and gifts, you can visit the Maasai Market at the Village Market. (The Maasai Market moves around Nairobi so ask your hotel for when it will be at the Village Market.)
If you want more art options, you can spend several hours at the Village Market. Then, you can go to nearby sites such as the Home Gallery (www.african-tribal-arts.com; + 254 722 703 264) for ceremonial West and East African art and some modern art (paintings). For contemporary and modern art, you can also include a trip to Banana Hill Gallery (see TripAdvisor listing).
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