City Market
City Market
3.5

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Nicola D
Dublin, Ireland84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
After spending 2 weeks in Kenya I was after some souvenirs to take home, particularly some art. The City Market is a permanent market in the city centre and was a 5min walk from where we were staying. The sellers are obviously trying to encourage you into their stalls but you can choose where to stop and looking is free. I found the sellers to be pleasant and we had some fun while also driving a bargain. Kenya can be an intimating place if you're not used to their ways so it's good to get a feel for the place before going to the market. You almost always only pay 1/4 or less of what the asking price is so ask the sellers for their price and start way lower and work to a price you feel happy with. They are happy to talk and bargain. I have to say after reading some negative reviews I was pleasantly surprised.. we were asked to visit stalls but politely declined and kept going and weren't followed or further hassled. This is how they make their living so can't blame them for trying! The market is quite small so you won't need much time but has all the essentials for a good souvenir hall.
Written April 1, 2023
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shaghayeghkoup
Shiraz, Iran180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
I really like this place for buying souvenirs. If you are in town and there’s no daily Maasai market, you can always shop here. Would be annoyed by sellers trying to sell you their stuff but once you find your shop and bargain you will get lots of things with fair prices.
Written November 18, 2021
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,519 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
City market is in a former hangar on Muindi Mbingu street not far from Jamia mosque. In the hall, where once airplanes were parked and repaired, now are stalls offering different kinds of merchandise.

Souvenirs and handicrafts are the main goods for sale, but flowers, vegetables and meat are there as well. Perhaps a bit chaotic as there are no clear sections.

Difficult to walk around to just look at what is on offer, as especially the souvenir vendors try to make eye contact all the time and strike up conversation.
Written January 6, 2024
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Eduard K
Vienna, Austria49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
I don’t fully understand all the negative reviews. Either these people never really travelled in such places or are too soft. I consider myself to be extremely cautious and suspicious (maybe even too much), but there everything was just fine. Of course, one shouldn’t probably wear anything expensive and unecessary with you, and take good care of phone/money (that applies for any place though), but people are friendly, funny to talk with and if you are ok with bargaining you can get fair prices. Obviously, everyone will try to convince you to buy at their place (in the end its their living), but are not aggresive if you don’t want to buy anything. Just be polite and they will be as well :).
Hint: Prices are waaay cheaper than anywhere on your way to safari.
Written October 31, 2021
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Fatema B
Muscat, Oman20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
This is a very happening place in Nairobi and if you are a tourist you must go to this market and roam the streets around it including the Town Center.

But be very careful, try your absolute best to not look like a tourist, and carry nothing except a small amount of money. Wear no jewelry, because it takes them about a second to grab your chain and disappear.

If you're careful, then you're going to enjoy this local area filled with Kenyans going about their day and shopping.

But you must be careful. I am saying this from experience, my parents and I have travelled the world, and despite of this, my mother was wearing this very thin gold chain which got snatched in a matter of seconds.
Written August 30, 2017
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stonecutter1
United States132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Was more like a crowded Flea market..... or carnival. WAY too many vendors..... and could not get a break from the ones who relentlessly followed you until you either asked them to leave.... or looked at their products. Nairobi is a Dangerous city..... day or night...... maybe that's why most of my African friends told me to BE CAREFUL !!
Written August 15, 2015
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kingofpeppange
Peppange, Luxembourg472 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
The relatively small market is divided in different parts : meat - flowers- souvenirs/handycraft ! The souvenir vendors will push you to buy all kind of rubbish , but you will hardly find anything worth buying...
Written October 5, 2018
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ashtabulaone
Columbus, Ohio60 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Lots of shops and people are friendly. Typical Kenyan items although we send better quality out on safari. We felt safe. One side is for tourists the other side is for food/produce for locals. Not really worth taking the time to search out. We had some time to kill and didn't want to spend a lot of money on other tours. You can walk there from most of central Nairobi. It's close to a large mosque which is a good landmark, but not very architecturally interesting.
Written September 20, 2018
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Rebecca082
London166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Go Go Go! This is a market where you can barter for your goods and pick up some really nice souvenirs and gifts from your time in Kenya. We found that the bags and sandals were quite well made and strong, very impressive with intricate details.

Top tips:
Take enough money
Always barter in Kenyan Shilling
Separate money into smaller notes ( you can always top up main purse)
Go to the toilet BEFORE you go to the market to shop
Take snacks with you / bribes for young children in Buggys who may get bored
Take hand wash for later
Take a big bag to put all your shopping in (one of those roll up shopper bags are great from $/£ store)

We struggled to find a similar one stop shop market in Mombasa so if passing through Nairobi make sure you take the opportunity to visit.

Check opening / closing times before !

Good luck!

Written August 18, 2016
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Bente R
Oslo, Norway90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Avoid the middlemen and go directly to the shopowners /sellers. Always let them give you the first price then pay half the askingprice. This We learned from our kenyan friend. We made some good deals and had a good time.
We recomend this place to people Who like to bargain. 😃
Written August 6, 2015
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