From roadside stalls and huge markets to the department stores and malls of Maputo, Mozambique has a range of shopping options. Whilst the capital’s malls offer more formal shopping, with fashion and imported goods catering for the expat community, the country’s bustling markets present traditional arts and crafts, clothing, food, cookware and more.
For most travellers, traditional handicrafts make for the best souvenirs and gifts. Representing different tribal cultures and beliefs, these handicrafts include wood carvings, masks, printed textiles, woven baskets, pottery, jewellery and more. Batik paintings can also be purchased very cheaply from roadside stalls and at most beach resorts you’ll find rows of street stalls backing the sands.
Is bargaining acceptable in Mozambique?
Bargaining is common in Mozambique and stallholders will expect you to try and haggle their prices. However, when negotiating a price, be tactful and focus on what you think the item is worth rather than getting the cheapest price possible. For example, if the item is handmade by the vendor, it’s a good idea to pay a little extra as the money will most likely be helping put food on the table for their families.