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5 Best Cities for Shopping in Africa

Last year I set off on an adventure to Africa. I thought that I had it all figured out and that I knew exactly what I could expect. But this mysterious continent took me by surprise. Apart from its natural beauty, the continent boasts some great shopping locations. If you are a fashion enthusiast as I am, you should definitely pin these cities to your map.

1. Johannesburg, South Africa

It seems to me that no matter where in Johannesburg you happen to be, there is always a great shopping centre just around the corner. You’ll find the Jo’berg shopping centres, such as Sandton City and Rosebank Mall, are on a par with any world-class mall. If you’re looking for a unique shopping and dining experience head to the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein where you’ll find independent designers selling fashion items alongside homemade cakes and speciality cuisine.

Neighbourgoods Market Joburg

Discover more about the Neighbourgoods Market here.

2. Cairo, Egypt

The Khan El Khalili Market in the Hussein District in Cairo is the most remarkable attraction of the city – for tourists and Egyptians alike. If you wander deep into this 500-year old maze of narrow streets, stores, and workshops you will find treasures like wonderfully crafted jewellery, glass, copper, and brassware. The deeper you venture, the better goods and bargains you will find. If you do not fancy the souks atmosphere, Cairo also has large modern shopping centres like City Stars, Nile Mall, Geneina Mall, and Nile Hilton Mall, where global brands can be found.

3. Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria has just a handful of shopping malls, but this situation is rapidly changing, with several large malls being under construction, mostly in the capital – Lagos. The Palms Shopping Mall is the second largest shopping centre in Nigeria, with 21,000 square meters of shoppable space. Some of the most recognizable brands found here include Apple, Mango, Nike, Puma and Hugo Boss.

4. Rabat, Morocco

Perhaps Rabat’s medina and kasbah do not offer such a fashionable shopping experience as the more famous souks of Fes and Marrakech, but it is equally rewarding. The shops are stocked with the same delicious foods, fine clothing, and beautiful handmade leather goods. The only difference is that in Rabat most shopkeepers are selling their goods at a fixed price. Rue des Consuls is Rabat’s main shopping street. It is dotted with shops selling local handicrafts like coloured-hide lamps, babouches, jellabahs, and carpets. Carpets from Rabat are traditionally made in the workshops within the medina, where every Monday and Thursday they still hold a carpet auction.

Marrakech Medina

5. Tunis, Tunisia

Bring an extra suitcase if you are going to Tunis as it’s a shopper’s paradise! Emerge into the lavish world of Tunisian markets with the scents of spices and mint tea. There is nothing you can think of that they do not sell here. From high quality rugs and carpets, to jewellery, colourful ceramics, perfumes, henna, and gold. One important tip though – learn to haggle.

Have you been shopping in any of this cities before? Do you have any insider tips?

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a lifestyle blogger and an Aussie expat living in the UK. Check out Beausmith blog, her lifestyle blog, where she blogs about many things including beauty and fashion!

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