The Markets in Harare

Images of Harare Markets

There were several markets selling all sorts of sculptures, big and small, usually made of tin or soapstone. The quality of the street trader's art was impressive. The price, compared to that of the same level of  craftsmanship in England was minimal
There were several markets selling all sorts of sculptures, big and small, usually made of tin or soapstone. The quality of the street trader's art was impressive. The price, compared to that of the same level of craftsmanship in England was minimal | Source
I would have bought the lot if the bank balance had allowed!
I would have bought the lot if the bank balance had allowed! | Source

Markets in Harare

I was able to visit Harare just after the 2013 elections and stay with Zimbabweans for the whole of my trip. This gave me an insight into the culture and way of life.

One of the things that interested me was how the economy was shaping up after all the difficulties. The introduction of the dollar had seemed to make some improvement, and I was pleased to see there is now food on the supermarket shelves.

This contrasts very sharply with a plea from a friend's mother to pray for her people as they were literally starving a few years ago.

I suspect that there was a level of poverty my hosts did not take me to see, but compared to a visit to Egypt some years ago, the standard of living seemed a little better although even those living in good areas were subject to constant power cuts and an erratic water supply.

In this article I wanted to show some of the markets I enjoyed visiting and perhaps to contrast a little with the shopping mall that you might visit if you were better off.

I was a visitor from a different culture and in another world so to speak. My favourite trips were to the street markets. These teemed with amazing sculptures and art work for what seemed to me to be prices far below their worth.

There is really no need, while in Harare to look further for presents to take home. For a few dollars you can buy something really attractive and also have an enjoyable chat to a stall holder.

I greatly wished to be able to set up an import and export business, but alas, many things would have cost the earth to transport.

Bigger is better - I want that chicken in my garden

I was amazed at the size of some of the sculptures and really do hope someone is promoting the street arts.
I was amazed at the size of some of the sculptures and really do hope someone is promoting the street arts. | Source

A Covered Market in Harare

I bought a dress somewhere in this market.
I bought a dress somewhere in this market. | Source
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This is the inside of the shop where I bought a dress
This is the inside of the shop where I bought a dress | Source

Buying a dress in the covered market

Perhaps the biggest shock for me was that clothing is not all that cheap in Harare. There seemed no equivalent to Primark, and I found myself paying more than I usually do for a dress. However, it was fun to shop, and there was an element of being able to haggle that you don't get in the United Kingdom.

The dress I bought probably would have cost about £5 more here in the United Kingdom. It was a white and blue tie dye affair.

A Food Market

This was taken near a place called Cold Comfort. I was told the place is famous for Barbequed meat.
This was taken near a place called Cold Comfort. I was told the place is famous for Barbequed meat. | Source

No such thing as Ikea!

Buying furniture looked a lot more fun than a Saturday trip to Ikea.
Buying furniture looked a lot more fun than a Saturday trip to Ikea. | Source

Going upscale

This is the other end of the scale to the market where I bought the dress. They even had Harrods!
This is the other end of the scale to the market where I bought the dress. They even had Harrods! | Source
Sam Levy' Village was nice to walk around, but my money, had I had any would go to the street traders.
Sam Levy' Village was nice to walk around, but my money, had I had any would go to the street traders.
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