Kariakoo Market

Kariakoo Market, Dar es Salaam: Address, Phone Number, Kariakoo Market Reviews: 3.5/5

Kariakoo Market
3.5

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Steeve
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo4,019 contributions
Jan. 2022
This market is a place where you can buy fruits and vegetables, not a tourist attraction, in my opinion.
Written 6 January 2022
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Mmazipan
London103 contributions
Dec. 2020
I visited as a tourist. I spent about 2 hours here but 45 mins would be enough.

Great experience of Tanzanian culture or also to purchase items. I bought some clothes. The market is spread across many many streets. Inside the structure there are baskets and farming supplies. In the surrounding streets you find everything else - fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes, accessories, makeup, cosmetics, fabric, electrical items, even sewing machines. I was warned to keep my belongings close to me as there may be pickpockets around so I wore a bumbag but it is also safe to wear your rucksack on the front of you - I saw many locals doing this.

It is very busy, loud, crammed and can be overwhelming so make sure you are in the mood for it. I visited on a Sunday and I was told it was quieter but it was still very very busy. If you are worried about COVID-19 it is best to avoid this place as social distancing is not possible. I visited as a solo woman and people tried to get my attention but if ignored them or said I wasn’t interested they tended to leave me alone. I felt people were generally respectful which is not my experience in many market’s across the world!

If you have visited similar markets in other parts of the world or in other parts of Africa you know what to expect but if you haven’t it is an experience. Just visit with an open mind, be prepared to haggle but also remember it is people’s livelihoods.
Written 13 December 2020
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SF Guy
San Francisco, CA788 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Solo
This is a very fast moving and exciting market with every type of product imaginable. If you don’t like big crowds this may not be for you. But I love the vibrant and excitement of the market. You get the local flavor of the city.
Written 16 September 2020
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Mantra
22 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Friends
I really do think this is worth doing if you have a day or two in Dar. I went around with a local guide for a couple of hours, and I would have been very overwhelmed without him. I have not been to any African markets before, but I have been to several large markets in Asia. This is similarly chaotic, noisy, hot and sweaty. We don’t do markets like this in England! The market is largely outside and spreads over several city blocks. You can get anything you want if you know where to look. I don’t know Dar well but I’d guess this is a good way to experience the city as a lot of locals do
Written 14 July 2020
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Emily993
London, United Kingdom228 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
If you want to experience an African market then head to Kariakoo. If you’ve done markets before it might not be worth your time.
The market is not located in one particular building. There is a huge concrete structure with hardware and gardening stalls, fruits and veg in the basement. The surrounding area has household goods. For clothes head to Congo street, a few streets away.
It’s huge and busy, if you’re confident then you won’t need a guide but may need one if you’re looking for something in particular.
Written 22 February 2020
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Sanjeev G
New Delhi, India235 contributions
Dec. 2019
If you know what you want, then it’s a good place and bargain the price as the locals will inflate the price knowing you are a tourist
It’s one of the biggest markets in east-Africa and definitely the biggest in Tanzania
Written 22 February 2020
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Ubauba66
South Africa38 contributions
Dec. 2019
You can always get a good discount if you bargain a little ... you find local clothing, international clothing, good variety of spices, raw and ready made food with major presence of seafood. Advisable to take a local guide to help you.
Written 31 January 2020
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Bea B
124 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Came to Kariako Markets 12 months ago. If you know what you want, then it’s a good place and bargain the price as the locals will inflate the price knowing you are a tourist. It all starts to look the same after while. Can get local produce and get easily lost, so stick closely together if you don’t have a guide. Would go back again if I visit Dar again.
Written 28 January 2020
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Sandra
Estonia17 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
You can find everything and anything at the Kariakoo Market. We visited on a Sunday which meant it was very slow compared to what it gets during the workdays but we still enjoyed walking around and seeing what was being sold. It’s super big so you can easily spend hours just roaming around. The lowest ground of the market is an experience on its own — that’s where the fish and some vegetables are being sold. We didn’t see a single tourist there and the locals told us it’s not very popular among them. I don’t really see why not since all the markets in Asia are a big hit among travelers, this should be too! It’s one of the biggest markets in east-Africa and definitely the biggest in Tanzania. I highly recommend going and experiencing the busyness!
Written 19 January 2020
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Jackson Mutisya
Langata, Kenya227 contributions
Oct. 2019
Noisy and confusing but thrilling all the same. This market has a special feel to it that can only be experienced first hand. Requires time, at-least 2 hours and a guide or should be in a group. Generally, and expectedly as in all tourist attractions and markets, expect to pay higher than normal once they realize you are a foreigner (includes even East Africans) although commodities are very fairly priced. get good discounts if you good at it.
Written 15 October 2019
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