Masai Central Market

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sandra s
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Solo
it has a nice collection of africa culture art and some masaii women making bides and earings its was a nice place to shop and its in the middle of the city
Written 23 September 2021
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ClaireBintheWorld
Houston, TX15 contributions
While this was my first time to Africa, and I obviously stick out like a sore thumb, I felt harassed. I felt pressured to buy things and the word NO had no meaning to anyone. It didn't matter if I walked away or went to some other place, or say no repeatedly, I was still harassed and pestered. I was harassed even by people not selling anything for some scam or gimmick. I did not feel safe nor with my teenage kids with me. We left quickly as it was very uncomfortable experience and ended up not buying anything because of the begging and lack of safety. With Covid all around, it felt more unsafe.
Written 23 August 2021
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RickClunnFamily
Ava, MO74 contributions
Friends
I was not comfortable with this shopping experience. The high pressure sales were just too much and people were begging and insisting we “stepped into “ their individual shops. Once you stepped in they wouldn’t let you out. It was not enjoyable.
Written 31 August 2020
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LisaCarlson
Moscow, ID491 contributions
The central market is a rabbit-warren chock-a-block booths and displays of all that is fresh and locally produced. It's a sensory overload of colors, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and things to touch. Best to go with a guide your first time through. It is overwhelming but a fabulous introduction to the people and culture of the city.
Written 19 February 2020
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helderveiga75
Chatillon-Sur-Loire, France254 contributions
Solo
I visit the market on my last day in Arusha and it's the best place to buy souvenirs.
It's not the stupid prices they have in the local tribes.
So many stores to choose and very quality pieces.
I recommend
Written 19 December 2019
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KajsaWargh
58 contributions
Friends
The central market is an under roof market in the west of Arusha and its where the locals go to shop. There are arias for fish and meat, others for fruits etc. The “alleyways” are narrow and the stalls close to one another. Keep your valuables tight and walk in and just absorb. Since this is a place for locals they will look at you but it’s not an aggressive atmosphere.
Written 2 November 2018
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IN_Travelers47906
West Lafayette, IN4,716 contributions
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We love markets and visit whenever we can. This one did not disappoint; however, a first-time American tourist will definitely not want to visit this market without the company of a local guide. We had an experienced local guide who parked across the street in a secured lot where the vehicle was under constant watch. As we passed through the very busy and crowded market we stood out as obvious tourists but taking reasonable precautions of keeping our valuables close to our bodies, we did not feel at all threatened in the company of our guide.

The market itself is a sensory amusement park with the sounds, sights, colors and smells of produce, products, seeds, beans, clothing, fabrics, foods, and craft goods of all kinds shipped in from all over Tanzania. It was our understanding that very few farmers or craftsmen were actually present, but that the vendors were people paid to sell the goods, or who rented their area and sold goods on consignment. You can easily spend as much time at this market as you want; however, a 1-hour walk through was plenty for us to get a good feel for the market and the people.
Written 11 October 2018
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Laurel A
31 contributions
Friends
We visited the central market with a local guide. He served as a navigator as we wound our way through the fruits, vegetables, herbs, chickens, and housewares stalls. Two men within the market started tagging along and tried to direct us to certain booths. See ignored them and did what we wanted, but at the end they followed us to our car and wanted money for “escorting” us. Our local guide declined to pay and argues with them as we tried to drive away. The market is interesting and gives a glimpse into local shopping, but the “escorts” were unnerving as they wouldn’t leave us alone.
Written 10 October 2018
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fabri m
Leipzig, Germany42 contributions
Solo
Arusha quite a strange city for Africa. The surroundings are awesome, but the city itself is very touristic, crowded with people leaving for their safaris or their hikes. In all this crazyness, the market is one of the few places where one can enjoy a bit of the real city without feeling always surrounded by tourists. I think that the nice thing is that most tourists go to the Masai market for souvenirs, and for this reason the central market remains relatively quiet and mostly frequented by locals. Also for this reason, you can visit it without having to worry too much about avoiding improvised guides, since what is sold is mostly vegetables and food - there is also a clothing section but that too is mostly for locals. Definitely recommended if you have to spend some time in Arusha.
Written 2 September 2018
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Glevin
Sao Francisco Xavier, SP14 contributions
Friends
After visiting some great places in Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro), we decided to stay in Arusha city center to get in touch with the city. The experience was not very pleasant, specially in the central market. Tourists are insistently approached by locals and don't have freedom to walk around and browse. Almost unbearable.
Written 2 September 2018
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