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Nairobi Shopping – Shops, Stores, Best Buys & Inside Tips

Nairobi Shopping

Nairobi is an area that is well known for its great shopping experience. Not only are there many great shopping malls, there are also open markets where you can find great local arts and crafts.

Where to Shop

Maasai Market

The Maasai Market is named after the Maasai tribe and it is here that one can find handicrafts from from many Kenyan tribes. The market is very vibrant and offers many handicrafts available at reasonable prices.

This is where you should purchase any masks or carvings, and African Jewelry. Make sure that you look at the quality of the item as there are many replica items made and sold at the market.

Nairobi City Market

Located in the old city boxing stadium is the Nairobi City market. This market caters to both tourists and locals. There are vendors that sell tourist items such as t-shirts, wooden sculptures, and other items. There are also vendors who sell fruits and vegetables, flowers, newspapers, and other items.

This is a great place to shop for any type of trinkets that you may be looking for.

Yaya Center

This is a large mall located in Nairobi. It has a lot to offer and is a good place to go if you need anything. There is a grocery store, a sporting goods shop, electronics store, pharmacy, shoe store, a bookstore, and various other shops.

This is a great place to go to find anything that you would need.

Buying Tips

When shopping at the markets in Nairobi you will want to negotiate prices for every item. This is a custom and it is expected. You will want to barter for the price and if the seller will not budge, walk away. Typically, sellers will come down on their price and offer you a much better deal.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Nairobi.

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