Shopping in Nairobi

There are plenty of gift shops in Nairobi's upscale hotels and shopping centers. Here are a few of my favorite places to shop for souvenirs. If you like markets and bargaining, check out the Maasai marketheld at various points in the city on alternate days (ask your taxi driver or hotel front desk). There are traditional crafts for sale, wood carvings, Maasai beaded necklaces, baskets and lots more. The downtown City Market is also worth a browse. For unique gifts, some made from recycled flip-flops and cans, head to Marula Studios in Karen. You can get a tour of the flip-flop recycling process, purchase a pair of Maasai sandals, and enjoy a good cup of coffee in the cafe. For innovative design, jewelry and unique home decor pieces, head to Spinners Web. For more crafts in a less hectic setting than the outdoor markets, check out Utamaduni Craft Center in Karen. The building houses over a dozen shops each selling traditional crafts, ceramics, cloth and more.

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