Visit one or all of these establishments during your shopping trip in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The big Shoprite supermarket in the center of Tana is the ideal one-stop-shop to stock up at either before you head out on your travels, or to buy last minute edible goodies before you fly home. It stocks a wide range of groceries, toiletries and alcohol at reasonable prices.
Top of the Steps from the Haute Ville
Wondering what to buy the kids at home when you don’t have space for a cuddly lemur in your baggage?
Look no further than the top of the steps from the Haute Ville, where a few men sell wooden stamps. You can select from a wide range of metal patterns with whimsically Malagasy themes – geckos, lemurs, taxis passing through baobab groves – and then they attach them to metal handles whilst you wait. They’re cheap, probably only the equivalent of a couple of US dollars.
Madagascar is not a quantity producer of chocolate, but rather a quality producer. The chocolate produced by Chocolaterie Robert is reported to be the rarest chocolate produced in Africa. They use a recipe that is over 50 years old and use antique machinery to process their single source, single site, vintage cacao beans. This chocolate is revered by chocolate craftsmen, patissiers and chocolate connoisseurs.
Marche Artisanal La Dique Craft Market
Just a short ride from Tana by taxi or pousse-pousse, you’ll arrive at this sprawling market. On the outskirts vendors mostly sell clothing and plastic toys. You have to walk to the covered portion of the market to find the real gems. For anyone over 5’10” – watch your head when walking beneath the low tin roof.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Antananarivo shopping.