Curio shops and souvenirs

Duration: 1 Hour (open from 07:00 – 22:00 Hrs)
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Wheelchair friendly: Yes
Sanitary facilities: Yes
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Curio shops and souvenirs

Curio shops and souvenirs play a significant role in Stone Town’s tourism industry. These shops offer a wide variety of locally crafted items, traditional artefacts, and unique souvenirs that reflect the rich Swahili culture and heritage of Zanzibar. Here are some of the popular curio shops and souvenirs you can find in Stone Town:

1. Forodhani Market: Located near the waterfront, Forodhani Market is a bustling night market where you can find local vendors selling an array of handicrafts, jewellery, artwork, spices, and Zanzibari street food. It’s a great place to explore and find souvenirs.

2. Memories of Zanzibar: Situated in the heart of Stone Town, Memories of Zanzibar is a well-known curio shop that offers a wide range of Zanzibari products, including wood carvings, traditional clothing, spices, and artwork. They have a large selection of souvenirs that capture the essence of Zanzibar’s culture.

3. Zanzibar Curio Shop: Another popular destination for curios and souvenirs, this shop features a variety of hand crafted items, such as wooden masks, textiles, beaded jewellery, and colourful paintings. It’s a great place to find unique and authentic Zanzibari crafts.

4. Darajani Market: Located in the heart of Stone Town, Darajani Market is a vibrant local market where you can find a wide range of goods, including spices, fresh produce, textiles, and souvenirs. Exploring the market is an excellent opportunity to experience the local atmosphere and find unique items.

5. Zanzibar Gallery: This gallery showcases the work of local artists and craftsmen, offering a collection of paintings, sculptures, batik textiles, and jewellery. It’s a great place to find high-quality artwork and support local artisans.

When visiting these curio shops and markets, it’s always a good idea to engage in friendly bargaining to negotiate prices. Additionally, be aware of the restrictions and regulations regarding the export of certain items, such as antiques or protected wildlife products, to avoid any legal issues.

Remember to enjoy the experience of exploring Stone Town and its curio shops while immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and history of Zanzibar.

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