City Market, Nairobi

City Market, Nairobi

City Market is a covered market located in the Central Business District. This place is a favorite both with local people and tourists. Here, you will find everything you need - fresh fruit, vegetables and verdure, beautiful flowers, newspapers, clothes, accessories, and fascinating local handicraft such as pretty Masai jewelry, woodcarving, national musical instruments, colored wraps and bright fabrics. And all this at bargain prices.

What to buy here: Tribal Masks.

A warrior mask is usually large in size and painted in bright colors. Or you can go for something smaller, such as an animal-inspired mask. Masks make a great addition to any décor, especially as wall hangings or table pieces. The most common material (and the cheapest) is wood, but if you’re willing to spend more you can get metal, light stone or clay pottery masks. Keep in mind that the more intricate the design gets, the more you’ll paid for it. Painted masks are cheaper than those with added decoration, which can be anything from seeds to horns to sea shells. Masks made especially to be sold as souvenirs can be found for less than U$15, but masks that were used in actual ceremonies are more costly. To tell the difference, look at the inside of the mask and search for signs of wear and discoloration, which indicates the mask was worn before. Try the City Market on Muindi Mbingu Street for the best prices and variety. The Zanzibar Curio Shop on Tom Mboya Street offers more variety, though prices might be a bit higher and you won’t be able to bargain.

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City Market on Map

Sight Name: City Market
Sight Location: Nairobi, Kenya (See walking tours in Nairobi)
Sight Type: Shopping
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Walking Tours in Nairobi, Kenya

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