Hunting for bargains? Did you know that Nairobi is listed as one of the most expensive cities in Africa – it’s more expensive to live in Nairobi than Jo’burg and Cairo! *gasp* To help you stock up while stretching your shillings, this list has been doing the rounds on social media. Some are tried and tested by our TN team, and others were sent to us. Thanks Ma Maya and Amakove and everyone else who co-authored the most affordable shops in Nairobi!
1. Cereals – Shop for them in Nyamakima in that kichochoro for Molo matatus. Groundnuts from the market cost Sh 190 per kilo, but at Nyamakima they are Sh 110. You can also get apples and other fruits at a good price.[irp posts=”399″ name=”Pineapple’s amazing Benefits for Smooth Skin and Hair Growth”]
2. Vegetables – Shop at Marikiti and Gikomba. Bunch of spinach @ Sh15, bunch of sukuma wiki @Sh10, terere @15, manage @20, 6 tomatoes @10, onions @ 1 bob, 4 maize cobs @20, etc, especially outside Marikiti. If you can’t make it to town, inside Toi market in Woodley you can get really good prices for fresh fruit and veg. There is paid parking inside a nearby primary school close to Adams where Toi market clothing stalls are found.
3. Vegetables for those who live in Eastlands – You’ll get veggies at Korogosho market early on Wednesday or Saturday mornings. The market is at the Dandora, Kariobangi roundabout. Buy carrots, peas, potatoes and onions from the lorries; it is cheaper than inside the market.
4. Meat – Check out Ndonyo Market at Dagoretti for Sh280 a kilo. At the infamous Burma, a kilo of meat goes for about Sh200 to Sh250. City Market in town also has good prices especially for exotic cuts of meat. Anything from seafood to chicken feet to beef bones
5. Fish and chicken kienyeji – Shop at Gikomba for these. When you get to Gikomba, ask around for the place where fish is sold. Or let your nose do the walking cos the smell cannot be ignored. It’s a whole building opposite where newborn clothes are sold.
6. Fish – Alpha Foods, Road A, Enterprise Road, you’ll get 40 pieces of tilapia @Sh1700. They close by 4pm. The boda boda guys can direct you.
7. Alcoholic beverages – Opposite Kensilver matatus on Dubois Road, there is a club with better prices than Mwalimu on Mfangano Street. Also check Accra Road where the 2NK matatus are in the hawkers market building, go to 3rd floor there are many wholesale shops there. [irp posts=”1216″ name=”Easy One Pot Pilau Rice”]
8. Wholesale and Retail Bulk Groceries (cooking oil, sugar, rice, unga, soaps, toilet paper etc) Eastleigh 4th Avenue. As you head towards the Catholic school at the end of the road, you will see a line of shops on your left. There are some on your right as well. These are just after the clothes and carpets shopping malls. Eastleigh has great bargains of all types, but for our bulk food shopping we went to 4th avenue and enjoyed good savings. Some also recommend 6th avenue but I have not made it there.
9. Wholesale Bulk Food Items. Israel’s Wholesale in Kawangware. We will share directions as soon as they come in.
10. Bulk Food Items. Nairobi West Shopping centre. Ask for the Whole sale shop. South B also has wholesalers at the Shopping centre although both these and Nairobi West sometimes do not carry a wide selection.
11. Mombasa road Mahitaji Wholesalers. It has excellent savings but you need to go with a list for the attendant who then fills out your order and you pay the cashier.
Note that most wholesale shops do not accept credit/debit cards. Some do take MPESA but you may have to send money instead of use the paybill option. Others are strictly cash only.
1. Panties and bras – At the junction of Accra Road and River Road, directly opposite Kobil Petrol Station, there is a small corridor where panties and bras are sold. The quality is better than Kamukunji and cheaper than Mombasa Rest House on River Road. You can also buy kids’ vests, bikers, boob tops and tummy trimmers there.
2. Shoes (heels, flats, sandals and sports): Shop for these at Bus Station in those vibandas facing matatus for Mater/South B. They range in price from Sh300 to Sh1,000. You can also get nice sweaters and jackets there. Also check Toi Market.
3. School uniform on Nyayo market along Jogoo road: the price is a ⅓ of school uniform shops in town e.g. Sweaters at Ksh 350, socks at Ksh 50-100, shirts at Ksh 250, school tracks at Ksh 350.
4. Shoes for women with wide feet – Bus Station the upper side where vegetables are sold, just near that path that leads to Mfangano Street. There are guys who sell nice second-hand Clarks and Nine West official shoes and boots for Sh800 to Sh1200. They also have rubber shoes and loafers.
5. Doll shoes – Shop at Kamukunji.
6. Bata Toughees/Bata Bullets – Get these at both wholesale and retail from the Bata distributor at Kamukunji on your way to Gikomba.
7. Official dresses, skirts, trouser – Shop at Bus Station near the City Council toilet. Gikomba from Sh200 for skirts.
8. Khaki trousers – Kenyatta Market; very nice ones at Sh650.
9. High-waist jeans – Amal Plaza, entrance C, turn left. Some ladies there sell them at Sh700 or less.
10. Maternity trousers – Bus Station.
11. Gym wear – Directly opposite The Bazaar as you walk towards Koja, there is a lady hawker who sells gym wear at night. Bottoms go for Sh200, jackets for Sh300 to Sh350. You can also buy tops at night outside Jade Collections.
1. Beauty products and jewellery – Perida Centre, Dubois Road, and basically most of Dubois Road.
2. Hair braiding – At Old Nation for cornrows for Sh500.
3. Fabrics – Go to Nairobi Textile upstairs for vitenge, while at the back (walk straight from the entrance), you can get fabric for office wear. Nairobi Textiles is next to Malindi Dishes. For Kitenges, River Road opposite Bata Mini Price has cheaper fabrics than Nairobi Textiles. Also check Zion Kitenge past KCB on River Road. Eastleigh too at Sh900 for six yards, you can even get at Sh750. When you get to Eastleigh, ask to be shown Kitenge house. There are also other kinds of fabrics there.[irp posts=”479″ name=”Best Oil for Naturally Curly Hair”]
1. Diapers and bar soap – OTC. The kichochoro between Tuskys and Equity.
2. Toys – Kamukunji. Mutindwa in Estlands for best kids toys, especially for boys.
3. Bicycles for kids and adults – Directly what used to be Jack and Jill Supermarket, walk towards Uchumi House and you will see a big shop selling bikes only. Ask them to tighten the bike and to sell you grease.
4. Kids clothes – Gikomba, Kwa Cucu, or ask for children’s clothes, you will be directed. Also check Toi Market, Kamukunji and Eastleigh.
1. Chemicals for homemade detergent, bleach, fabric softener, disinfectant – OTC, the building with Tuskys, go upstairs, first floor. They will even explain how to mix them.
3. Garbage Bags – Directly what used to be Jack and Jill Supermarket, walk towards Uchumi House and you will see a big shop selling bikes only. You’ll get them for Sh350 instead of Sh600 at the supermarket. Someone else bought Sh280 at Eastleigh.
2. Bathroom accessories and lighting for those who are constructing – Walk past that Tuskys that is just past Thika matatus, and you will see a whole street of shops selling stuff. They also sell toilet seats, decorative mirrors and many other things.
3. Bedding (duvets, bed sheets, bed covers, mosquito nets) – Kamukunji. You can also get bed sheets and other bedding at Kwa Cucu in Gikomba for maximum Sh500.
4. Shaggy mat making materials – Keekorok Road, also has exercise books and stationery. It’s cheaper than Biashara Street.
5. Fibre pillow filling and sofa fabric – Gikomba.
6. Car spare parts – Impala on Tom Mboya Street, near the number 9 matatus.
7. Water storage tanks 210 and 310 litres – Kamukunji.
8. Plastics – Mansi Traders at Tausi House in Kamukunji, an Indian shop.
9. Utensils – Kamukunji as you head towards Machakos Bus Station.
Take note that in Kamukunji, there are genuine utensils and fakes. Be on the lookout.
10. Curtains and carpets – Eastleigh. At the Garage roundabout, walk a few metres on your left. Alight at the second stop after St Theresa and walk towards Amal Plaza, you will find many malls selling curtains. Go to the various shops comparing prices and fabrics; you will be spoilt for choice. Comparing prices before you buy will ensure that you don’t buy overpriced curtains.
10. Prescribed medication – Transchem next to the bike shop above or the Transchem ooposite Afya Centre. It is a reputable bulk pharmacy which sells originals. There is also another chemist near the number 4 matatus, where the hardware shops are. Sinai Chemist at the Nairobi Textiles building is cheaper than Transchem. It is at the intersection where the Kenya Mpya buses queue, opposite a building under construction, surrounded by iron sheets (mabati).
Honorable mention: If you consider yourself too bougie (lol) to shop at these listed places, Game and Carrefour Supermarkets are viewed as being the most affordable retail outlets compared to other supermarkets, and they have a larger selection.
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Have we missed anything? What are your favourite spots for bargains? Do share!