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“The perfect one-stop shop for handicrafts, but need to seriously barter”

Caplaki Craft Village
Ranked #6 of 29 Shopping in Kigali
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 28 February 2017

If you are in the market for handicrafts, this is the perfect place to wander the stalls for an hour or two and pretty much cover all of your shopping with a large variety of different items from paintings to figurines to what I was really looking for, masks. I found the whole spectrum - the typical mass-produced Masai masks and animal statues as well as more unique and detailed pieces. Two pieces of advice - budget a good amount of time to visit as many stalls as possible because the variety and quality of items really varies. The other advice is you need to barter and barter hard. I have been to markets in Africa so I had a reasonable idea of how much something should cost, and this market was severely marked up even more than those - imagine being asked to pay 100,000RWF for a wooden mask. A final price of 25-30% of what is originally asked will still leave vendors with a profit and they will accept if you make it clear you are not just a clueless foreigner.

6  Thank Rahul P
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The market is just for tourists. Even with haggling, the prices are still higher than other markets like Kimironko. I've found the shop owners unlikely to go more than 20% off, while that still leaves things above market. That said, it is still a convenient place to get baskets, jewelry, carvings, etc.

1  Thank wonderlust234
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Lots of the places sell the same items but it is worth looking around; you can check the prices in different stalls and some items are slightly different! Don't be afraid to barter!

Thank AdventuresAndTravel
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Caplaki is a craft village with shops arranged in colourful huts around a central courtyard. There is a lot of variety in new and vintage items. Wooden carvings such as nativity scenes, wooden toys, animal carvings, beautifully executed. Colourful cotton fabrics made into dresses, sunhats and other clothing. Fabrics including woven table mats, computer and tablet bags. And incidentals such as heat resistant mats made of off-cuts of colourful cottons. It is well worth a visit for about an hour to 90 minutes.

Thank David H
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

For all sorts of Rwandan souvenirs and crafts, be sure to come here. Be willing to barter a little. There is a big variety, fromm lovely cards and postcards to figures, carvings and paintings. Take an animal home - lots of choices

Thank Ian K
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