Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Market
In the heart of Dar Es Salaam, the Mwenge Woodcarvers' Market is filled with artisans hard at work carving beautiful and unique items. Wooden masks are particularly popular, but you’ll also find treasures in the craft shops selling a whole range of goods from fabrics to sandals, beaded necklaces, and more. Unlike some tourists markets around the world, the sellers here don’t tend to hassle customers. They’ll encourage you to come into their shop, but you won’t be pestered to buy anything. Don’t forget to bargain and shop around at the market, as prices are negotiable and you may find a similar item for half the price depending on the stall.
By Harriet Constable, AFAR Local Expert
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Mwenge Carvers Market
This crafts market hosts a giant co-op of over 200 carvers, who specialize in Makonde carvings. You can also find other arts and crafts there, such as the beautiful and often quite adorable Tinga Tinga paintings. Be sure to not give in too quickly like I did... be strong and let the vendors fight prices amongst themselves.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 22 212 6826
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm