Zanzibar Curio Shop

Zanzibar Curio Shop, Stone Town: Address, Zanzibar Curio Shop Reviews: 4.5/5

Zanzibar Curio Shop
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Cork, Ireland3 contributions
Amazing finds steep prices
Jan 2020 • Solo
This shop is hands down one of the most amazing places for antique finds in the world and has some real treasures that you won’t find anywhere else. Expect to spend hours browsing but don’t expect a warm welcome or customer service of any kind because you won’t get it. The owner lives up to the reputation and then some. The prices are extortionate but it’s good fun having a look at least so definitely visit.
Written 2 February 2020
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kidcollins
Edmonton, Canada26 contributions
Some great finds to be had
Oct 2019
At first this looks like a tourist T-shirt shop...but keep going to the back area where you will find room after room of antiques and curious finds. There are several floors going up and each room is stuffed to the rafters. There is something for everyone. I spent 2 hours here and one of the owners was kind enough to assist me an explain a few details. I spend $200 on a few great collectibles and had a plane to catch, otherwise I'd have been here half the day.
Written 4 November 2019
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Laura W
Brooklyn, NY11 contributions
Aladdin's Cave of Wonders
Sep 2019
If you have any interest in old stuff, head here. Walk right through the front room stocked with tacky souvenirs to the two back rooms overflowing from floor to ceiling with "treasures" -- ranging from old junk to true antiques. Then once you think you have seen all on offer, ask to be taken upstairs where there is an entire floor of more stuff. And once you have seen all that, go up another flight to yet another full floor of stuff. Hint: the better and bigger treasures are upstairs. Try not to be overwhelmed. I was looking for a carved wooden box and saw nothing I liked downstairs; upstairs there were piles to choose from. The shop is run by a pair of brothers. Murtaza is the chattier, better-known one, but Asif, who mans the front desk and is often busy with their wholesale business, is perfectly friendly and helpful.
Written 2 November 2019
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liela v
Polokwane, South Africa3 contributions
Fantastic shop!
Jul 2019 • Solo
What a treasure in the heart of Stonetown. I wish I had a week to go through all the antiquities and rare finds. Would go back to Zanzibar JUST for this shop !
Written 20 July 2019
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Snoks
Kigali, Rwanda37 contributions
Cool place. Great servoce
Apr 2019 • Family
Place packed with everything. Go to the second floor and see some of the items from years gone by. They also have other warehouses for even more treasures.
Written 16 April 2019
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AEC187
Oxford, UK2 contributions
Quite simply the best shop ever!
Aug 2018 • Friends
Where to begin! Visiting the curio shop is the highlight of any trip to Zanzibar, and I always come away with something special and unique, whether an antique Zanzibar chest or door, a beautiful old clock, or just a small bronze trinket that I’ve been looking for. If you’re not too constrained by the space you have in your luggage, ask to see the warehouses which are full of amazing finds from Zanzibar, Africa and beyond. Murtaza and Asif are simply wonderful at explaining what things are and where they come from, and are happy to arrange delivery to Dar (or beyond). Don’t miss it!
Written 23 August 2018
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Alice M
Khartoum, Sudan32 contributions
Amazing shop- a must see in Stone Town!
Aug 2018 • Friends
I’ve been visiting Zanzibar and Murtaza for many years and always need to be forcibly dragged out of the shop! He has an amazing range of items, and knows the provenance of everything. He’s super friendly and hospitable. If you’re interested in a bigger item ask him to show you the warehouses around town! I recommend Murtaza to everyone who visits for an authentic Zanzibari souvenir to suit any budget.
Written 21 August 2018
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Tim H
Whangarei, New Zealand9 contributions
Over priced
Jul 2018 • Couples
Great shop but way overpriced.
A simple beer tanker that cost 2 dollars in Australia started at 60,000 shillings = 30 dollars Australian. He was willing to come down to 25 . No idea of value.
Written 11 July 2018
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Jeffrey W
Shelbyville, KY1,323 contributions
interesting shop - cheap tourist souvenirs and lots of unexpected finds
Jun 2018 • Family
Based on checking out info on TA before our trip to Stone Town - we asked our city guide Kamis to arrange a stop at this place...

Not as great as I had hoped - I REALLY fell in love with the nearby Abeid Curio Shop on nearby Cathedral Srett - but we picked up some T-shirts and a few other interesting items at ZCS.

The rooms seem to keep going on and on deeper into the building - and you never know what you may find - reminded me of an antique store in the USA - but with more unusual items...

The lady working in the shop was friendly and helpful with finding T-shirts in the correct size - the gentleman transacting our purchases - was on the phone talking and distracted and grouchy (some things are the same the world around!)
Written 1 July 2018
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arcua
Caloundra, Australia54 contributions
Wow!
Feb 2018 • Couples
This shop is incredible! Go first thing in the morning when it’s nice and cool, and make
sure you have a good hour or so to have a look around. There are so many things to look at, from the roof all the way to the floor with little back rooms with even more things. I actually felt like a bit like a pirate looking at hidden treasures. I walked in looking for something, and then purchased 10 other random items that I didn’t know I needed! The staff follow you into the back rooms, but they are also there to help which is nice, and clearly understandable. The owner we spoke to was lovely, I think his name was Murtaza. This was definetly my favourite shop in Stone Town!
Written 23 February 2018
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