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“Craft shopping” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Village Market

The Village Market
9/418 Limuru Road | 100, Nairobi, Kenya (Highridge)
+254 712 248890
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Ranked #7 of 14 Shopping in Nairobi
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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Owner description: East Africa's largest entertainment and shopping destination. Description: The Village Market is East Africa's largest Shopping, Recreation and Entertainment destination. The complex is home to over 150 outlets covering 210,000 square feet of retail space, 20,000 square feet of office space in addition to a host of recreation facilities. The mall essentially provides residents of the area with high-end shopping and entertainment, satisfying a niche that was not previously explored. As the name suggests, the complex embodies the spirit of the African market in an open-air setting. To live up to its African theme, are waterfalls, rivers and over 2000 exotic plants and gardens, giving this magnificent shopping centre an edge over other shopping malls. Since its inception 14 years ago, The Village Market has revolutionized shopping while redefining recreation and entertainment. Over the years, the centre has successfully been able to blend modernity and culture to provide an aura of modern shopping.This innovation has not gone unnoticed. Due to its remarkable architectural design, The Village Market has earned numerous accolades including the coveted International Council of Shopping Centres' Design Award.
Oakland, California
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“Craft shopping”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We went to the Village Market on Friday, the day that the traveling Maasai Market was there. Our intent, therefore, was not to shop in the stores of the mall itself, but to find the Maasai Market. That week, it was held outside the mall (by the big water slide that looked like great fun!) It was very hard to find however, because the mall is constructed in a very idiosyncratic way, at least for the casual visitor. There were a number of upscale shops with interesting - but extremely expensive - wares.

The Maasai Market was a real treat however. We saw many interesting and well-made things - from baskets to dresses to jewelry to trinkets - and had a great time bargaining for them. Luckily I was accompanied by a Kenyan and a Nigerian who handled that part of the experience.

I'd go back to the Maasai Market but the Village Market shopping area is not a place I'd go again otherwise.

Visited September 2013
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“Great Place To Go On Sundays”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I regularly (over 30 times) went to Kenya on business in ' 10 ' 11 and '12, sometimes for a few weeks at a time. As I was there for work I didn't really get out into the country much and after a while Nairobi can become quite boring, like any other city.

I really enjoyed calling my taxi buddy James, on Sundays who would take me (and sometimes a work colleague) to Village Market which is situated in the upmarket suburb of Gigiri on the outskirts of Nairobi city.

I enjoyed the shopping on offer and did some great deals on some classy shirts I found at one shop. What you need to remember when in Nairobi is that while everything has a price, everything is negotiable and the shopkeepers are generally ready to to do a deal, if asked, especially if you offer to buy 2 of something instead of just one.

I liked the open air food court and in particular the curries you can get there. Nairobi must have the best weather in the world when its not the rainy season. It should be hot but because you are on a plateau its just beautiful. As I write this I can almost feel that gentle breeze that permanently wafts across Nairobi....

There was always live music playing when I went to Village Market (so its busy) and without exception I always ended up meeting new people (not prostitutes or the like) who simply walk up and ask if they can share the table which is completely unusual for someone to do down here in in South Africa. Then we would spend the afternoon quaffing beers, munching on snacks, listening to the music and having a great time.

The UN has a huge facility in the area so you can expect to see people from all over the world too. I guess they were like me, bored with the city and looking for something to do on Sunday.

Yep. Had many a great afternoon at Village Market. Thankfully James was there at the end of the day.....you don't want to go driving around Nairobi after a fun afternoon in the sun!!

Visited October 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Out of Kenya”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Village Market has a reputation of being the big bang and scam for the UN expatriates working and living in the vicinity of that shopping center. The prices in the food outlets and shops do not reflect the real purchasing power of the Kenyan people. It is for foreigners only. The Kenyan works in that glamorous shopping mall are unfriendly and out for a quick buck. They are treating customers like aliens and trying to cheat when possible. the food quality is poor and overpriced (the owners think about the salaries of the expats). The security is below the average in Kenya and not really giving a feeling to be safe or not. It is a joke, only. Be careful with your belongings and do not trust people who approach you for a pen, light or an information. In the evening the place seems to become a brothel.

Visited August 2013
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“Thoroughly enjoyed !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Perfect, authentic Kenyan market. Enjoyed shopping for traditional wares in local setting. Purchases soccer jerseys, wooden bowls and spoons, beaded jewelry, Nativity scenes, etc. My family much preferred this market to touristy souvenir shops.

Visited July 2013
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“food court”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

the food court is quite different from most malls,due to the outside sort of seating,selling of alcohol and most importantly the prices(its quite pricy for a mall). after a few improvements and expansion of the food court area, on the weekends as far as i know, there is a live band and its quite good. some of the vendors are good i.e prime cuts, the ice cream parlor and the frozen yoghurt place and some vendors are just horrible. reason for my review is because of the Orchid, they do Persian type of cuisine. In all my years at the village market i have never received such treatment as i did on Friday evening(26/07/2013)customer service is 0!!!never again will i eat there again..
all in all, the village market remains my go to weekend spot to relax.

Visited July 2013
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