Best Places To Go in Nairobi - Supermakets and Shops in Nairobi
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Shopping in Nairobi: Best Supermakets and Shops in Nairobi
The Village Market is, without a doubt the most fabulous place to go. Constructed like a giant village, it has an amazing architecture, with an artificial river running through the place. In addition to a bunch of clothes shops with all the major designer labels (at prices way below European level), a supermarket and a travel agency, it has a cinema, a night club, about 15 small food places with various international cuisines surrounding an open-air food court, some nice outdoor cafés and an Italian ice bar. There’s even a small amusement park, so it is basically a place where it’s easy to spend quite some time
The four other primary supermarkets in Nairobi are Tusky's, Uchumi, Naivas and Nakumatt.
For goods beyond supermarket fare go to Sarit Centre, YaYa centre or Nakumatt Westlands, which are all located in the Westlands suburb.
The Sarit Centre will be recognizable to any Western traveller as a shopping mall, with an Uchumi supermarket inside. Clothing, shipping and internet are all available inside. There is also a movie theatre in Sarit Centre.
Nakumatt Westgate is a new shopping centre competitor to Sarit Centre. It is a large building with many other shopping stores . Nakumatt westgate has modelled itself to emulate a Super Wal-Mart type experience. Another Nakumatt centre known as Nakumatt Junction, past Lavington towards the Ngong race course . The Nakumatt Junction shopping complex features a few more boutiques - one of those being Zebu, a store highlighting local Designer Annabelle Thom's leather bags and more, Zebu is a place of higher quality and higher prices for beautiful designs.
Additional smaller supermarkets but popular to expats, are ABC Plaza on Waiyaki Way and Chandarana supermarket. Chandarana has a wide range of imported goods. Zucchini greengrocer is recommended for fresh veggies while Gilani's is a well-stocked and modern butchery.
For souvenirs, One should visit the most easily accessible and tourist-friendly the Maasai Market. This market is held on Fridays at the Village Market, an upscale shopping complex mentioned above. It located no far from the United Nations and American Embassy complexes. Bargaining at the maasai market is a common rule. Don’t shy away of bargaining aggressively here
There is an open market on Tuesdays in town as well; going down from the Norfolk hotel. This market is less secure, but is larger and offers more opportunity for bargaining and lower prices.