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Shopping at Mutoyi

Another little office write-up on local shopping.

We don’t have Crate and Barrel in Bujumbura, but we do have Mutoyi. Mutoyi is where you’ll find hand-made ceramics and other products from the Italian mission. The ceramics are colorful glazed clay and they range from coffee mugs, pitchers, and teacups to vases, candlestick holders, and electric lamps. You can also find woven placemats and hanging baskets, linens, and wooden carvings.

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In this small indoor marketplace you’ll also find mission-raised chickens and a variety of fresh-made baked goods.

After you leave the building and blink into the blinding sunlight, look across the street for the “tartine” sign. Cross the ditch and draw the curtain and you’ll find yourself in a bakery and ice cream shop. Yes, this is fresh ice cream, scooped to order into a cone or cup (depending on which they have). Small containers of ice cream are also available sometimes.

To get to Mutoyi, follow chaussée du Peuple Murundi past Hopital Maison Medical. You’ll see a sign for the Jabe neighborhood on your right and an arched entrance to a church on your left. Turn right. Look for the blue and yellow painted building with arched windows on your left. The entrance is on the corner.

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