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“Overrated, Expensive, Congested, Ordinary Mall” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Village Market

Village Market
Limuru Rd, Nairobi, Kenya (Highridge)
522488
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Ranked #26 of 315 restaurants in Nairobi
Neighborhood: Highridge
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Neighborhood: Highridge
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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“Overrated, Expensive, Congested, Ordinary Mall”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I had to go to Village Market. After so many numerous recommendations and talk, I found myself there. But that was a while ago. I therefore made myself relax and get a fair experience before writing this review.

Village Market is located at a good place. The surrounding areas are heavily expatriate populated. This makes the prices of things in this mall to be over inflated. If you are on a budget (shoestring or otherwise) avoid this place like a plague.

The food court has different cuisines; Indian, African, Chinese... you name it. But the prices are not worth the quantity nor quality. The quality is good I should say, but not so good as to warrant the prices offered.

The place is quite congested too. I think the planners were really trying to cram as many shops in the area as possible and not considering space. It is also easy to get lost in the maze of corridors.

They used to offer free parking. Then they introduced parking meters. No there is no period for free parking. The minute you drive in then at least Ksh. 50 (approx $0.80) is charged for the first 15 minutes.

I guess the only thing that makes the place quite popular is the bowling area as well as pool and foosball tournaments that are held almost every weekend. And the water area which is so popular with school going children brought in by school buses for a dip.

Therefore this is just another mall with rows upon rows of shops and a central food court area.

Verdict: Good mall but not worth the costs charged.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
New Delhi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“hog on different cuisines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

The best thing about the food court at village market is that it represents so many countries. Indian, Persian, Chinese, German to name a few. And these stalls are run by local people from that country. Tried almost all types of cuisines. Great flavour, and decently priced as well.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nairobi
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“A true village market”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Yeah VM used to be the place to be but now it is all crowded, esp the food court and naturally coz of big crowds, the standards of hygiene and cleanliness have gone down, something i have watched happen over the years! what a pity.

Visited April 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Masai Market”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Exhausting but amazing. Bargain hard you will be surprised how low you can get the goods. Some good quality items amongst the usual junk. 1/3 of the price you pay at the airport and better choice. Be prepared to be followed around if you walk away from a deal

Visited September 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Wonderful Mall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Fun activities for children and great shopping experience. Many food joints with different varieties of food, Post office, swimming pool with slides, movie theatre. Wonderful all encompassing shopping mall!!

Visited September 2012
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