Kimironko Market
Kimironko Market
4.5
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles210 reviews
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Domenico F
Sassuolo, Italy15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This place is interesting you can find a big variety of stuff and for sure many gift for friends and parents.
This is a really safe place, the people are very nice
Written 18 February 2024
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@Zak
Perth, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Great place to visit but be prepared to be besieged by every stallholder wanting to sell their wares. It’s friendly and not aggressive at all but they are keen to do business.
Written 17 February 2024
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FoodieNat
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Avoid! We are extremely well travelled and decided to take a taxi (Yego) to have a look around the market and buy some balls for local kids for our trip.
We have never been hassled to such an extent where we had to leave the market.

Men follow you around even when you firmly insist on them leaving you alone. They then involve themselves in owners shops telling them to increase their price so they can take a cut.

We told them not to do this as three lovely ladies lost a sale from us.

There was also locals fighting which was extremely unpleasant.

Worse market I’ve been to in 60 countries.
Written 25 December 2023
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Simon
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
An incredible market with fantastic bargains providing you’re prepared to barter. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted and if you have a low threshold for feeling ‘harrassed’ it may not be for you… but would strongly recommend a visit for a taste of Rwandan culture
Written 5 December 2023
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fidoh O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Business
I learnt some words in Kinyarwanda in my 1 month stay in Kigali at Kabeza. Kimironko market is and as a matter of fact still is one of the best markets in East Africa.
I met the market leader Mr. Innocent who gave us security to tour us around and some government officials and allowed us take some pictures of the fresh produce for our new innovations.

No mobile phone snatches like other places.
Written 6 November 2023
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Doris Gloor
Windhoek, Namibia13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
It's a great market to stroll around. But as a Muzungu you need nervs like steel. You can't move around & look without beeing bothered by young guys. Best advice, go with a Rwandan; first for the language Kinyarwanda, prices & certainly the necessary distance😊
Written 29 September 2023
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Sofie J
Aarhus, Denmark8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I love these kinds of markets. I was there in July 2022 and re-visited again this July. There are probably 200 stores and every shopkeeper is very keen to make you visit their shop. Half of the market is dedicated to produce and home supplies and the other half caters more to tourists; Honestly, almost every shop sells the same souvenirs (baskets, aprons, necklaces, fabric) and will tell you that they made it themselves. I do quite like the fabrics, and it is possible to negotiate a fair price.

You can probably spend 1-2 hours here, depending on how well you deal with crowds.

It is a fun experience and I plan to visit again next time I am in Kigali.
Written 7 August 2023
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AnnaEsk
Helsinki, Finland334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Nice place to buy fabrics and there are many sellers with tourist products also. The shopkeepers can be overwhelming and really try to sell to you. You can have something done for you quickly in a moment from the fabrics at market, there are many women with sewing machines waiting for customers.
Written 4 March 2023
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Steeve
Kigali, Rwanda4,092 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Kimironko Market is probably the biggest market in Kigali. It's not an attraction per se. You can't visit it as you would visit a zoo, for example. It's a market. If you are a Westerner, would you go to a supermarket to 'visit' it? I don't think so. It's a place to buy food. You will find most of the vegetables and fruits that are available in Rwanda, mushrooms, meat and fish. It's cheaper than elsewhere, but you need to bargain. I advise you to take a guy to hold your bags. In that way, you won't have to ignore 10 or 20 people asking to help you, and you won't have to carry anything! You may be strong, but the aisles are pretty narrow and people don't hesitate to push you to go wherever they want to go. I was pushed twice in a row and almost fell down the first time I went because I had a bag in each hand. If your hands are free, you can hold something or even the person who is pushing you aside to regain your balance. If it was expensive, I understand that you wouldn't want to hire anybody, but it's not the case, it's RWF 500 ($ 0.5) or RWF 1,000 ($ 1).
Written 19 February 2023
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BoltonYankee
Bolton, CT116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
“Bustling” doesn’t begin to describe this Mecca of commerce. Tools, clothes, housewares, trinkets, an incredible array of things are on sale. The clothes made to order on treadle sewing machines are decent quality and fun.
Now, the experience, because you have to be ready to roll with it. Aisles are narrow, some dimly lit, and packed with people and goods. Young non local women will attract a lot of attention, but mostly from a distance. Overall the market seems pretty safe.
If you’re white or obviously a tourist, you will be approached by people persistently hawking their stuff or offering to “help” you. Politely and confidently telling them you’re not interested helps, ignoring them works too. There are no prices on anything, so everything is a negotiation. But even if you don’t buy anything it’s a great experience.
Written 29 December 2022
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