Category Archives: Shopping

Shopping: Be My Guide to Your East African City #8

I’ll just come right out and say it: I am not one of those women who loves shopping. Yes, I like having new duds, but the process of shopping for them is often more tedious than I’d like. First, there’s the matter of finding a store which stocks apparel that I care for. Then, there’s the whole issue of finding the right size which–when you have a Western Ugandan figure like mine with a bottom half that’s a different size from your top half–can prove to be a real feat. Then, there’s trying things on. READ ALSO: Community Shopping Guide: … Continue reading Shopping: Be My Guide to Your East African City #8

Kariakoo Market & Its Environs: Shopping on Congo Street

I first became aware of Congo Street in Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam on a shopping trip with my mother, who was looking for granite slabs for her new kitchen counter top. Luckily, on that first foray into hectic Kariakoo, I was pleasantly shielded from the chaos because I was in an air-conditioned car. I really wasn’t paying much attention—my main goal that day was to hang out with my mother—but when we passed a street with HOT clothes hanging from every storefront, my attention was aroused. I made a note of the street’s name—Congo Street—and decided I’d have to come … Continue reading Kariakoo Market & Its Environs: Shopping on Congo Street

Mlimani City Cinema & A Guide to What Else You Can Find at Mlimani City Mall

Mlimani City (Cinema, stores, and more) Sam Nujoma Rd. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Some information on Mlimani City Cinema: The ticketing office opens at 11 a.m every day.  Hotline numbers (through which you can book tickets) are 0746-898-002 and 0746-898-003. These operate from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 12:00 p.m to 9 p.m on weekends and holidays. Booked tickets should be collected at least half an hour before movie begins, to avoid cancellations.  Lunch time movies (12 p.m/12:30 p.m) are only shown on weekends and public holidays. The Mlimani City cinema has 3 screens (including East Africa’s … Continue reading Mlimani City Cinema & A Guide to What Else You Can Find at Mlimani City Mall

Mr Price Kenya

If you chanced upon this post looking for the Mr Price Kenya catalogue, find out more about that here. Otherwise, read on to find out more about Mr Price across East Africa. I can still remember the day when I first became aware of the existence of Mr Price Kenya. The year was 2007. I was driving along Ngong Road in Nairobi near Prestige Plaza. I looked up to see a huge banner announcing the opening of a home furnishing store called Mr Price Home at the Westgate Centre in Westlands. The idea of a home furnishing store sounded interesting … Continue reading Mr Price Kenya