Kenya exports many products to the international market, from tea, coffee, flowers and beans. But the real insight into Kenya comes from its handicrafts and beaded jewellery. Maasai bead and wood work is very famous throughout Kenya. Lesos, Kikoys And shuka are one of Kenya’s many traditional household crafts.
If you want to shop for these traditional Kenyan items, you will have to go to Nairobi’s flea markets and local markets. Nairobi flea markets are ideal places to purchase these items.
10 Best Flea Markets in Nairobi
Many flea markets in Nairobi are held in various shopping malls in the capital city. We have collected a list of the best Nairobi flea and street markets in Nairobi. Read on to learn more about Nairobi’s best markets.
1. Galleria Shopping Mall Market
A flea market opens every Monday in Nairobi’s Galleria shopping mall. Although the mall has a lot of interesting and unusual shops, it also opens its doors for a weekly flea market held on its premises. The mall is located at the corner of Langata and Magadi Road in the Karen suburban area. Many small vendors participate in this flea market with their works and crafts and you can buy traditional Kenyan beaded jewelery and other handicrafts as well as many rare and unusual things from this market.
Place: Langata and Magadi Road Junction, Nairobi, Kenya
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2. Nairobi Court of Appeal Parking Lot Flea Market
The busiest flea market in Nairobi is definitely the one that takes place in the Court of Appeal parking lot in Nairobi. This market is held every Saturday and you will find the market crowded on weekends and it is busy at all times of the day. This market is located close to KICC and right behind the Hilton Hotel, making it quite a popular place for shopping. In this market, vendors come from far and wide to Masailand to sell their goods. This flea market is undoubtedly a paradise for those who love shopping.
Place: City Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
Junction Shopping Mall is located in an upscale area in Nairobi, Kenya. A flea market is held every Thursday on the third floor of this mall. Vendors come from far and wide in and around Nairobi to sell their goods. The market is quite busy and usually crowded with a lot of people. The best attraction of the market is the beautiful jewelery that the vendors sell. You can shop for some beautiful traditional Kenyan jewelery as well as other products at the market.
Place: Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya
4. Village Market
Village Market is another shopping mall located in the affluent suburban area of Gigiri. The neighborhood is quite luxurious and attracts a lot of people to the shopping mall. Every Friday from 8 am to 6:30 pm, an open air flea market is organized on the premises of the mall. You can find a variety of items in the market and this market is one of the oldest flea markets in Nairobi and one of the longest running flea markets in Nairobi.
Place: Village Market, Nairobi, Kenya
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5. Adam’s Arcade
Adams Arcade is certainly one of the oldest local markets in Nairobi, with a history dating back to before independence in Nairobi. The flea market in this market center opens every Saturday and is always packed with Kenyans who bargain to buy the best products from various vendors. As they say, the market is named after the founder Abdul Habib Adam and is also open on Sundays. So people can enjoy a good weekend shopping here at Adams Arcade.
Place: Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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6. Prestige Plaza Shopping Mall
Prestige Plaza is another shopping mall located in Kashmere residential area in Ngong Road. Every Tuesday, a flea market runs on the first floor of the rooftop parking lot and is always crowded with people from the neighborhood. From jewelery to pottery, clothes to household essentials, you will find a lot of things in this flea market. This flea market is an ideal place for good shopping.
Place: Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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7. Garden City Mall
A flea market is held every Thursday in the Garden City Mall. The mall started recently, opening its doors to the public in 2015. Located in Thika Super Highway, this market attracts the local crowd. This market is held every Thursday in the open parking lot of the shopping mall and sells a lot of unique and unusual items along with other items like clothes, jewelry, shoes, etc. If you are going to the shopping mall on Thursday, you can definitely do this. Visit this flea market, did you know that you can always find something rare and useful in the market.
Place: Nairobi, Kenya
8. Yaya Center
Yaya Center is one of Nairobi’s most high-end shopping centers and is located in the posh Cashmere residential area. Yaya Center Argwings is located along Codex Road and a flea market is held inside its premises every Sunday. The flea market is one of the Sunday markets in Nairobi. The flea market attracts a large local crowd from the nearby upscale residential areas. There are a lot of high-end shopping stores inside Yaya Center and if you go there on a Sunday, you will definitely find some great products at the flea market too.
Place: Argwings Codex Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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9. Capital Center
Capital Center is located on Mombasa Road and is usually quite busy throughout the day. Every Wednesday a flea market is held in a busy district of Mombasa that attracts people from all over the city. This well established flea market sells lots of different items and accessories and you will always find something to buy in this lively flea market. People who go to the mall on Wednesdays definitely also attend the flea market. If you’re looking for some mid-week shopping, you can head to the Capital Center Farmers Market on Wednesdays.
Place: Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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10. Westgate Shopping Mall
Westgate Shopping Mall is located in the Westlands neighborhood of Nairobi, Africa. Westlands is a fairly affluent neighborhood in Nairobi and therefore attracts a lot of people from across the city. There are several high-end shopping centers within the Westgate Mall and a flea market is held in the upper level parking space on Tuesdays. On Tuesdays, mall goers also visit the flea market, which sells lots of interesting, rare decorative items as well as clothing, traditional jewelry, etc.
Place: 15 Mwanzi Road, Nairobi, Kenya
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Here’s a list of some of the best flea markets in Nairobi. These flea markets are a perfect place to look for precious traditional, Kenyan crafts, homemade and crafted with care. Visit one of these markets on your trip to Nairobi and you will not be disappointed with the goods you find there. So, get packed and book your international travel instantly with TourTravelHotels!
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