Kariakoo Market
Kariakoo Market
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Sandra
Estonia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You can find everything and anything at the Kariakoo Market. We visited on a Sunday which meant it was very slow compared to what it gets during the workdays but we still enjoyed walking around and seeing what was being sold. It’s super big so you can easily spend hours just roaming around. The lowest ground of the market is an experience on its own — that’s where the fish and some vegetables are being sold. We didn’t see a single tourist there and the locals told us it’s not very popular among them. I don’t really see why not since all the markets in Asia are a big hit among travelers, this should be too! It’s one of the biggest markets in east-Africa and definitely the biggest in Tanzania. I highly recommend going and experiencing the busyness!
Written January 19, 2020
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Felicia
United Kingdom176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I visited as a tourist. I spent about 2 hours here but 45 mins would be enough.

Great experience of Tanzanian culture or also to purchase items. I bought some clothes. The market is spread across many many streets. Inside the structure there are baskets and farming supplies. In the surrounding streets you find everything else - fresh fruit and vegetables, clothes, accessories, makeup, cosmetics, fabric, electrical items, even sewing machines. I was warned to keep my belongings close to me as there may be pickpockets around so I wore a bumbag but it is also safe to wear your rucksack on the front of you - I saw many locals doing this.

It is very busy, loud, crammed and can be overwhelming so make sure you are in the mood for it. I visited on a Sunday and I was told it was quieter but it was still very very busy. If you are worried about COVID-19 it is best to avoid this place as social distancing is not possible. I visited as a solo woman and people tried to get my attention but if ignored them or said I wasn’t interested they tended to leave me alone. I felt people were generally respectful which is not my experience in many market’s across the world!

If you have visited similar markets in other parts of the world or in other parts of Africa you know what to expect but if you haven’t it is an experience. Just visit with an open mind, be prepared to haggle but also remember it is people’s livelihoods.
Written December 13, 2020
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Mantra
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
I really do think this is worth doing if you have a day or two in Dar. I went around with a local guide for a couple of hours, and I would have been very overwhelmed without him. I have not been to any African markets before, but I have been to several large markets in Asia. This is similarly chaotic, noisy, hot and sweaty. We don’t do markets like this in England! The market is largely outside and spreads over several city blocks. You can get anything you want if you know where to look. I don’t know Dar well but I’d guess this is a good way to experience the city as a lot of locals do
Written July 14, 2020
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I have to say that this is one heck of market. It is laid out over acres of landarea within the city and is divided into zones based on what you are looking for, food stuff, electronics, clothing, home appliances, you name it and they got it. The original building was burnt a few months ago and they havent refurbished it since. So all the hawkers and sellers are out on the roads and streets nearby and it goes on for miles. It is a very busy place and at times, it is difficult for you to walk in the direction you intended or stand still in any one place. But well worth a visit. Original Tanzanian products and cultural experience guaranteed!
Written August 7, 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Walked around the place without being bothered by any hustler. It was colourful and friendly . There was a lot of clothes variety in the place and I enjoyed it all. The best part about the trip was that we found everything we were looking for.
Written July 30, 2022
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Zee
Gaborone, Botswana151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Wow, you just have to experience this, shopping here is a special sport though you need lots of energy and time as there is lots of places to check out and usually crowded, it’s a must experience though when in Dar. The locals are friendly too.
Written April 21, 2019
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muruh
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania179 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
As a Tanzanian my suggestion is DON'T DON'T DON'T go to Kariakoo, its dirty, full of thives and there is absolutly nothing there to buy, but cheap chiness knock offs.
Written November 9, 2010
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alluringsent
Birmingm UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
I lived in Dar for a few months and lived this market. If you can go with a local it does help as they have so much knowledge as to where to go for things. There are so many hidden hallways, doorways or entire floors of goods that you can miss purely because they are slightly hidden away. Don't bring a handbag, don't wear any jewellery, wear basic functional clothes and totally enjoy the atmosphere. It's hectic bustle, thats noisy, invigorating, interesting and very absorbing. You can get the most wonderful fabric there 6yards for the equivalent of £7. Leather shoes from Italy, beautifully made £30 and lovely jewellery for less than £1. I gave all the sellers a little bit more than they asked for. I caught the bus (dala) there and back. Be prepared for the rugby scrum to get on the bus and the possibility of spending the entire journey right next to your fellow passengers armpits! It's all part of the experience, deep breath and enjoy.
Written January 10, 2015
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SalimM
London, UK1,904 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
This is the famous Kariakoo market. The area is also known as Kariakoo and has grown beyond imagination over the last 10 - 15 years. As with everything in this country nothing is planned (seems like your grease some palms and you do what you want) so what we have ended up is utter chaos and confusion. The roads leading to the market are a nightmare to navigate as every inch of the road is taken up by stall holders and cars parked every which way you can imagine.

So when you get there you see lost of stalls outside on the pavements. Some sellers have there stuff on the ground, fruits, vegetables, chickens and cooked food stuff, you can see everything. The chaos and the noise is amazing. I m sure there is lots of pickpocketing too - everyone tells you to be careful. generally the locals are friendly and welcoming and all they want is for you to buy something. A smile and a polite no is fine.

If you are brave enough venture to the underground part so long as the lights are on. Be prepared for the hot and humid conditions but worth a quick trip.
Written April 24, 2017
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KHATRI_TANZANIA
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania794 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
Kariakoo Market, it is located in the crowded area of Kariakoo, it is the biggest market in Dar-es-salaam, for locals it is a must to visit if you want to buy cheap priced fruits and vegetables, the prices there are almost 25% to 50% cheaper than other market in town such as Kisutu market. For tourists, if you are not afraid of the crowd then you must visit to see this market, also do not miss visiting "shimoni" (underground) market where fruits and veggies are sold in wholesale, you will get a different experience when you visit underground as the place is overcrowded, dark and heat (you must sweat when you are there for more than 15 mins).
Written January 9, 2017
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