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One of the best places to shop for arts and crafts in Dar is at the Basket House operated by Joyce and Ndelle Mbwete. Joyce has women (mostly) from all over Tanzania making the items that she has in her shop. She also sells into the Smithsonian Institute, National Geographic, and other well known gift stores, in addition to many other American museums and department stores. Her things are of high quality and she does not overcharge. She is located in the Zambian Embassy compound on the NW corner of Ohio and Sokoine Streets in the city center, about 2 blocks North of the New Africa Hotel. It's also about 2 blocks East of the Steers restaurant on Ohio Street. You have to go into the gates right on the Ohio / Sokoine corner of the compound. Any taxi driver could get your there with these instructions.
If you still have some time, try the following very good arts and craft places in Dar...
Mwenge handicraft center and villagen on Mpakani Road near to the Village Museum (directions to the museum below). This is where the traditional carvers from the Makonde tribe gather, carve, and teach others carving skills. You can stay and watch them carve almost everything from very small statues to life sized carvings which will take them months to carve. About one hundred craftsmen are typically there and they display their goods in kiosks in the village. They sell all kinds of arts and crafts ranging from wood carvings of all kinds, to soapstone items, carved masks, jewellery, paintings, etc. Be prepared to bargain. Allow yourself at least one hour here.
Nyumba ya Sanaa (House of Art),.on Upanga Street near the entrance to the Gymkhana Club. A non-profit handicraft center which supports young artists. Paintings, chalks, clothing, earrings, cards, batiks, pottery and weavings are displayed and can be purchased. You can watch the students while you're there. Allow yourself perhaps one hour here.
The Village Museum about 10km north of the city center on Bagamoyo Road. This is a museum of traditional houses that represent the homes of different ethnic groups and tribes of Tanzania. The craftsmen there will be demonstrating their carving and weaving skills. And of course, they sell their finished products. Sometimes there will be some traditional dancers there who will be performing traditional dancing. Be prepared to bargain here also (halve what the asking price is).
Kariakoo market on Tandamuti Street. Many different items of all kinds of things are sold in this bazaar that surrounds the market, along with furniture, clothes and utensils. You name it and it's for sale here. This could take hours and hours and it's difficult to drive and walk through here.
If you're into jewellery go to the jewellery district which is on Indira Gandhi street near to where it junctions with Samora street. There's probably over 50 jewellery shops on both sides of that street, between Samora and Mosque streets. Again, be prepared to bargain and you can get some good pieces at some very good prices. Good stuff and not cheap. If you are interested in getting quality Tanzanites and Tanzanite Jewellery at a good price The Tanzanite Dream (www.tanzanites.net) at the Mataka Street (behind the fire station) is the place to go, really you won't be disappointed.
Suggestion: rent a taxi for the day and have them stay with you and bring you back to your hotel.
If you are looking for the more traditional style of shopping within a mall or shopping center, then head to Quality Center along the main road to the airport. It's the biggest in Dar es Salaam with over 70 shops to choose from and has everything from Banks to Hyper Market, Children's Clothes, Computers, Restaurants, Bars, phone outlets etc and all under one roof and in air conditioning. There is also a Cineplex and great games area to keep the kids happy.