If you are in Mombasa, old town is a must visit. The alleys of old town are known for the historic buildings, the vibrant Swahili culture and history it holds. Taking a walk between the alleys and you will learn a lot of information about the background of the buildings which were once offices of British/Oman rulings. The Old police station, old Post office, and others. Most of them are in their original form, some need restoration. But there is more you can do while taking a walk in Old town.
The two main roads- Ndia Kuu and Sir Mbarak Hinawy diverge on the roundabout at Fort Jesus. The roads neatly carpeted with Cabro bricks creating a parallel pattern. In between the houses you will find small souvenir shops selling authentic Kenya made products. From Lamu beds, to beaded jewelry and carved décors. Each item representing different Kenyan cultures, telling stories of the past, the present and the future. Some shops have antique from the colonial era and beyond. The prices range for 50 shillings and over 500,000 shillings.
Each shop has unique items such as the Safina Crafts which creates and sells Swahili style furniture. The owner Mr. Salim said he sells far and wide, to hotels and major establishments across the country. He assures his products are unique and quality is durable, he has been in the business for 50 years. With other shops like Yusufi Antiques and Gallery by old town deals with antique items, you will find the old telephones and other household items from pre-independence era. Each item holding a piece of history for people to learn.
The next time you walk in the old town, take a tour of all the shops and find yourself some hidden gems for yourself, beautiful Swahili décors and items that will interest you. There is a lot to see and admire, our locally made products that represent who we are!
Some shops you will see:
Yusufi Antique Gallery
Old town Antiques & Crafts
African Corner Shops
And many others in alleys of Old Town
Some pictures of the items and souvenirs you will find: