Memories of Zanzibar

Memories of Zanzibar, Stone Town: Address, Phone Number, Memories of Zanzibar Reviews: 4/5

Memories of Zanzibar
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The biggest souvenir store in Zanzibar, Memories of Zanzibar offers the most extensive selection of quality items all under one roof, at reasonable prices. Situated within walking distance of major Stone Town hotels such as Serena, Tembo, Dhow Palace and upcoming Hilton, you can count on a pleasant shopping atmosphere and service with a smile.
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Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand674 contributions
Believe there a lot cheaper and better shopping options
Oct 2019
There are hundreds of shops in Stone Town most of them don't have names out the front or addresses etc etc so don't appear in Trip Advisor we found these very good although some are a bit pushy.

We went to Memories a couple of times in our 4 days in Stone Town as they did have some smaller stuff (key rings etc) we couldn't find elsewhere. Generally we found their stuff over priced in comparison to others. An example tee shirts probably paying $10us more here than you could pay in the lane ways.

Our second visit found the staff a little pushy in fact was going to buy an overpriced tee shirt but was put off by the staff member. When I went to pay by mastercard made an error so the staff member had to re-enter the purchase she got a bit miffy with me. Didn't really expect that from a shop that prides it self on superior service.

Worth a look be careful of the prices.
Written 27 October 2019
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Rachael L
2 contributions
shopping!
Aug 2019 • Solo
lots of places to shop in Stone Town, this was one shop that didn't need people dragging you inside to see the different products.
Written 14 September 2019
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Andrew M
Sydney27 contributions
AVOID! DISHONEST!! SHOP SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!
Sep 2018 • Solo
Hello fellow traveller,

May I suggest you buy your souviners from elsewhere!!!

On a recent visit, I selected a face carved from an ebony piece, showing the 2 colours of the wood, for my father and they offered to wrap it for me. In good faith, I waited and they returned with a wrapped item for which I paid and left. They knew they would not see me again and I wasn't expecting to go there again my self.
When I presented the gift to my Dad (who's a carpenter by trade), I WAS HORRIFIED AND LIVID TO DISCOVER THEY HAD SWAPPED IT FOR A DIFFERENT PIECE WHICH WAS SMALLER AND INFERIOR!!!!!!
My father didn't know what I had originally selected but appreciated it as all Dads do.

The following year, my travels took me near enough and my anger straight back into the store to change the piece. I was met with incredulousness and told I could not get any retribution bc "No no no. We would neVer do such a thing. If you want a different piece, you'll have to buy it like every one else".

What they did to me really hurt and every time I look at the piece, I am reminded of how was tricked. Don't let it happen to you. Shop some where else!
Written 4 August 2019
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Domigirl
Goffstown, NH35 contributions
Nice store!
Oct 2018
There were 2 floors packed with quality souvenirs. We did pick up a number of shirts and other items but they aren't giving anything away. If you are looking for 1-stop shopping this is it. Parking and driving in this area of Stone Town was a nightmare. My advise is take a cab!
Written 9 July 2019
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George KS
Dubai, United Arab Emirates12 contributions
High quality souvenir shop
Dec 2018 • Couples
Top quality souvenirs; prices are of course higher than elsewhere.
No pressure from staff to buy.
Space is air conditioned and they accept credit cards
Written 17 December 2018
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jazulu
Wexford, Ireland65 contributions
The most convenient spot for souvenir shopping
Nov 2018
I read a lot of great reviews on Trip Advisor, how this was great for having good aircon, and you could get everything under one roof. I didn't think it was great. The aircon was nice, but not brilliant, and there was somewhere for my old Dad to sit while I shopped, they take credit cards and there is a large selection - all of that is true. Which makes it very very convenient. But apart from the Christmas decorations (pretty impossible to find in a Muslim country, and which I try to buy wherever I go), pretty much everything else could be found in greater variety and at better prices in the streets of Stonetown. But if convenience is important to you, this is the place to go. Oh, and the excellent free map they distribute.
Written 1 December 2018
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88AVANTI
169 contributions
As Good As Souvenir Shopping In Stonetown Gets
Oct 2018 • Couples
Memories is a big AIR CONDITIONED store, with a huge and varied inventory at reasonable prices. Also, the large staff is friendly and very helpful. It's hands down the best souvenir shopping venue in Stonetown and unless you just like to stand in the heat and hondle with shopkeepers to save a few shillings there's really no competition. One disappointment, Memories doesn't stock any of the famous Zanzibar boxes. Go figure.
Written 15 October 2018
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25wanderlings
185 contributions
For tourists, but real stuff and no haggling
Sep 2018 • Couples
Stonetown is filled with shops, but the problems are: you can't tell in most places which stuff is authentic and what is Chinese made junk and you have to haggle. Memories has two floors of goods, all prices are clearly marked, and goods contain labels telling you where they were made. Top that off with working air conditioning and you should make a stop in here when finishing up gift shopping in Zanzibar.
Written 2 October 2018
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Robert H
San Carlos, CA400 contributions
One Stop Shop
Sep 2018 • Solo
Nice place to scoop up a bunch of stuff without doing a lot of window shopping. I bought Tanzanite earrings and a shirt and was able to haggle a better price.
Written 15 September 2018
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zephyr H
San Jose, CA12 contributions
Good place to shop if you are tired of bargaining
Feb 2018 • Friends
This is a good place for those who do not enjoy bargaining. Plenty of good stuff at in a reasonable price.
Written 29 April 2018
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Thank you for visiting. Karibu Tena!
Written 9 July 2018
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