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It doesn’t take long to realize that commerce is Nairobi’s raison d’être. Nairobi is the best place in East Africa to buy handicrafts, with the widest, if not the cheapest, selection, and the city also has some lavish produce markets, enjoyable even if you only want to browse. The upper part of Moi Avenue is Nairobi’s busiest ordinary shopping street, with some colonnaded shop-fronts still remaining. A certain amount of bargaining is expected at all Nairobi’s markets and many independent shops.

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