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Quite simply the best shop ever!

Where to begin! Visiting the curio shop is the highlight of any trip to Zanzibar, and I always come... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2018
AEC187
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Amazing shop- a must see in Stone Town!

I’ve been visiting Zanzibar and Murtaza for many years and always need to be forcibly dragged out... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
Alice M
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Khartoum, Sudan
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200 Hurumzi Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Stone Town
from US$400.00
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Seemingly tucked away on a street populated mostly by shops selling trinkets, t-shirts and souvenirs, the entry foyer of the ZCS (Zanzibar Curio Shop) does nothing to dissuade this image; HOWEVER, keep walking to the back of the shop, and eventually ask to be shown...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed December 12, 2016

I visited Zanzibar Curio Shop last week, and fell in love with an antique Omani photographic print. I asked the owner/manager personally whether it was original, and was assured no less than three times that it was the original photo, not a reproduction, before I...More

8  Thank Giles G
Murtaza. A, Manager at Zanzibar Curio Shop, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2017

Hello customer, Its really sad of what happened to u, we r really upset with the situation u are in. I as a manager of this reputed shop feel sorry for ur loss and making sure u understand that it was unintentional. As u mentioned...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2018

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...More

1  Thank AEC187
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

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...More

2  Thank Alice M
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

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.

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Reviewed July 1, 2018

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...More

1  Thank Jeffrey W
Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Thank arcua
Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

I was assured that the things I wanted to buy was antique, but since it was expensive I wanted to to some googling first. I'm glad i did: found everything on eBay. And a wholesale link with EVERY "antique" item. Much cheaper, same things. I...More

5  Thank Anna J
Reviewed June 30, 2017

Zanzibar Curio Shop is an absolute must! It's packed with wonderful things, from classic souvenirs such as magnets, bracelets, pareos, wooden items, to a large antique section in the back offering all things imaginable. Count on spending at least a couple of hours here. It...More

1  Thank marinaaab
Murtaza. A, Manager at Zanzibar Curio Shop, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear customer, We thank u lots for taking time and writing a wonderful review about our small concern. And we hope to see u again soon in zanzibar. Inshallah. Thanking you. Murtaza

Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

Many of the shops in Zanzibar are exactly the same, selling the same typical touristy stuff. NOT THIS PLACE! I've travelled extensively around the world and have never found a place with such unique, incredible things. It's truly one of a kind. They have a...More

1  Thank Travellingdirtbag
Murtaza. A, Manager at Zanzibar Curio Shop, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear ma'am, It a was wonderful review u wrote about us and we humbly thank you for ur true comments. Thanking u lots and we are sure to see u back in zanzibar soon inshallah. Thanking you. Murtaza

Reviewed June 7, 2017

I've been to the Zanzibar Curio Shop many times over the years and, without exaggeration, it may be my favorite shop in the world. The main shop itself is a maze of treasures - make sure you leave time to wander through the upper floors....More

1  Thank QDR2014
Murtaza. A, Manager at Zanzibar Curio Shop, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear customer, We are humbly thank u for ur wonderful review and also thank u for ur trust and cooperation with us. We wish u the best in life and hope to see u again soon. Thanking you. Murtaza

Reviewed April 20, 2017

Wanted to buy a knife which was priced at $230 at the shop and tagged as old colonial knide (according to the owner from 1920). Payed for it and a binocular (priced at $60) about $180, which means I payed for the knife around $120....More

3  Thank YuviDov
Murtaza. A, Manager at Zanzibar Curio Shop, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2017

Dear sir, we are a curio shop selling things collected from stocks and house clearances. We are not any dealer of militia memorabilia or not do we have a set up of that kind, the bayonet u bought was not a product of Zanzibar nor...More

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May 14, 2017|
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Yes we do have znz Chest,they are available in many sizes please let me know what size are u interested and accordingly we shall let u know the quote for shipping.
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dear Linda, ocean paradise is around 45 km from the stone town where we are. if u ask the front manager or the gm they shall be able to help u to come to us as they know us well. we open from 9.00am to 7pm from Mon to SAT... More
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