Nairobi City Market
The Nairobi City Market, sandwiched between Muindi Mbingu Street and Koinange Street, is a favorite with Nairobi residents for its butcheries that offer a wide variety of meat products, from the common beef, goat and chicken, to the less common fish and pork. Perhaps the most attractive part of this market however, is the area occupied by Curio vendors. The crafts market extends from the central part of the building, to the semi-open area behind the main building, off Koinange Street.
Set against the backdrop of the picturesque ceiling of this building, the crafts market offers a very enticing display that is hard to resist. The variety of crafts available here includes antique African artifacts, beadworks, basketry, jewelry, kisii soapstone and wooden carvings among others. Here you’ll find some life-sized carvings of animals as well. With foreigners constituting the majority of customers for the craft market, a number of money changers have set up shop here, making it convenient to change small amounts of foreign currencies while here.
Built in 1930 close to the railway line, which ran along what is now Loita Street, the Nairobi City Market served as the main retail outlet for fruits and vegetables in Nairobi, before the railway line was relocated in the 1940s. The market then diversified over the years into its current mix of businesses and services, while Wakulima Market on Haile Selasie Avenue became the main distribution point for fruits and vegetables for the city.
Besides the craft market and butcheries, you’ll also find florists at Nairobi City Market, with flower arrangements for all occasions from general office decorations, weddings to funerals. A section of the market also has restaurants serving local dishes like Nyama Choma for the city’s lunchtime crowds.
This market is a Nairobi City County Government facility.