Shops and banks in Asmara
There are many small well stocked shops and skilled crafts people throughout the city.
Good buys are gold and silver jewelry (sold by weight), woodcarvings, leather items,
spears, drums, carpets and wicker goods.
In market places a certain amount of bargaining is expected, but prices at shops are
Shopping hours: 8:00 - 13:00 and 14:30 - 20:30 Monday to Saturday.
Smiling welcome from a shop assistant.
"Our literature is flourishing" - Awghet bookshop at Meskerem
Square Asmara. (books, maps, souvenirs, postcards, audio and video).
Shop window of a gold & silver smith.
Photo Zubeir Harnet Avenue (opposite to Commercial Bank).
Colorful traditional clothing in a tailors shop in Asmara.
Colorful souvenirs in a souvenir shop in Asmara.
Bisrat shoe shop in Asmara.
Traditionally, an Orthodox Christian will not eat meat purchased from
a Muslim butcher, and a Muslim will not eat meat slaughtered by a
Christian butcher. The Red cross means that this is a Christian butcher.
Banks in Asmara
The local currency of Eritrea is the Nakfa. The Commercial and the Housing bank provide
exchange services for various currencies, but many people prefer the shorter lines and
better rates provided by the small (but official) exchange offices. Do not attempt to change
currency on the streets, since it is not allowed. if you do indulge, you're taking a big risk for a small gain.
8:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday,
8:00 - 12:00 Saturday.
Commercial bank of Eritrea - Harnet Avenue Asmara.
tel +2911 12 18 44
Housing and Commerce Bank of Eritrea - Meskerem Square.
tel +2911 12 09 58
Caserma Musolini and former National bank of Eritrea - Harnet Avenue.
The building was once a military barracks during the regime of Mussolini.
The World Bank Office - modern rationalist style -
New location of the Commercial Bank - Asmara