Kimironko Market

Kimironko Market, Kigali: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Kimironko Market Reviews: 4.5/5

Kimironko Market
4.5
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Monday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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lola_sharp
Canberra, Australia67 contributions
Super fun and less overwhelming than you think
Aug 2019
I originally considered booking a guide because it was my first African market experience and I read lots about it being overwhelming. It's not!! Went as a group of four, we just paired off and came and went. In the produce section it's okay to take pictures of the goods, but please do not photograph the stallholders/customers without permission. The two areas you have to work a bit harder are the fabric/clothing section and the jewellery/baskets/bags/general TOURIST section. Just have fun with it though! Ask the price of something they will tell you straight away (no need to make a blind offer), ask the stall next door what their price is and it's not long before you can gauge what a fair price is. They will do discounts for buying multiples. They are never aggressively pushy, quite quiet, just be polite and firm. DO get of the 'main road' for each section, ESPECIALLY fabric/dressmakers and souvenirs - you are allowed to just walk through wherever 'out the back', even if it looks like you are meant to just stay on that one main path. The people on the main row have a huge advantage just by being visible, so it's nice to support those deeper inside the rows who don't get as much traffic.
Written January 17, 2020
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Ntai27
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
Busy, local market
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is a local market that sells everything under the sun - vegetables, fruits, shoes, clothing, etc. There are numerous fabric stalls where you can select a fabric and style of shirt or skirt, for example. They take your measurements and your clothing is ready in about an hour.

I should say that the workmanship of these hand tailored clothes is not optimal. Patterns don't match up, finishing is very rough...so don't expect something that will fit perfectly or last...
Written December 16, 2019
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Adib Farid
Sao Paulo, SP738 contributions
Interesting experience
Dec 2019 • Solo
It is unique!
It is a very organized confusion!
Safe, as in allRwanda and very interesting!
They sell everything and the place is very tight!!
Over there you will fill the real Rwanda!!
If you are in Kigali, must go there!
Written December 1, 2019
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p m
Halifax, Canada43 contributions
INCREDIBLE...
Nov 2019
Not for the faint of heart. There are an incredible amount of shops and folks coming at you in all directions to buy, buy, buy. We are used to this type of sales, but if you aren't... you maybe should bring a local! It was fun and I love the chaos and colors and noises, again, not for the faint of heart. Well worth the trip, we got a taxi who waited for over an hour and a half for us... I loved it!!!!
Written November 25, 2019
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Justineisu
Metro Atlanta23 contributions
A Wild and Crazy Place You Will Enjoy
Oct 2019
First, if you do not like being crowded or in close quarters, this is not the place for you. However, if you are adventureous and looking for a great assortment of food and local products along with a chance to intermingle with local people, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU. BUT GO WITH A LOCAL. Fortunately I had a friend who took me around this martket. Be prepared, once you enter the area, even if you don't speak, you will be surrounding by people trying to sell you bags and their products. There is an outdoor part that mainly sells fruits, veggies and some meats. (When you buy fresh fruits, make sure to wash them with a special product for washing or get someone to tell you how to wash them Rwanda style). I truy enjoyed this market and was able to find a lot of produce and items at a very reasonable place.
Written November 11, 2019
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Sparklejammer
Calgary, Canada349 contributions
Great Market!!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We loved this market!! They make it sound really large but we didn’t think so. It’s easy to find your way around. I bought kitenge and had a scrub top and dress made for about $50, prob paid too much but loved it!! Great place to buy your souvenirs too, best prices we saw out of 4 East African countries. Felt really safe and all the sellers were great, friendly and easy to bargain with!
Written October 26, 2019
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Kalindi D
Pune, India1,574 contributions
Local experience!
Aug 2019
Something for everyone! This lovely market has everything..fruits and vegetables to meat and chicken, dress materials, local craft, electronic stuff, hardware, tailors...and everything! It was an absolute delight to walk through the market and we did buy a lot of local handicrafts from this place as it is very reasonably priced. The lanes are very narrow and all shopkeepers gather around you if they see you buying anything from one shop and that can be intimidating experience and at times annoying. They do bargain a lot and you have to be careful with your belongings but we did not have any bad experience. The shopkeepers in the outer circle are friendly and helpful. A must visit place to experience local shopping while in Kigali!
Written September 2, 2019
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liv2luv
intermountain103 contributions
Colorful bustling market
Aug 2019
What a fabulous slice of life in Kigali. A huge network of narrow dark aisles chock full of everyday items as well as food and souvenirs. There is fresh produce, buckets and sacks of grains and beans, live chickens and meats.....another area has electronics and hardware, another has piles and piles of shoes.....and then there is fabric from floor to ceiling and a battery of women sewing away on treadle machines making new custom clothing or alterations. Woven basketware, carved walking sticks and masks, T shirts, handbags and backpacks and anything else you might want to take home.

This is where locals do their daily marketing and there is serious commerce being handled - while you stand around gawking, a guy with bunches of bananas or a sack of rice on his head is trying to get by with places to go! The closeness of everything and everyone is not for the faint-hearted - come with your game face and keep your valuables close to you at all times. If you are a group larger than 4, I would split up and arrange to meet outside somewhere after a set time. Women will approach you with ideas for dresses on their phones - young men will offer anything and everything you might be tempted to buy - talk to one and a swarm will follow you to see what you're looking for - treat all of it was a super fun way to shop and bargain!
Written August 24, 2019
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jl495
New York City, NY8 contributions
Good prices but intrusive vendors
Sep 2018
This was an interesting experience to visit but the vendors swarm trying to make a sale and got angry with other vendors trying to sell similar items. We were glad we had a local driver / guide, otherwise I would avoid.
Written August 24, 2019
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Donna C
Franz Josef, New Zealand91 contributions
A must if you want to see shopping in Kigali
Jul 2019
This is a market that has everything - meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, flour, shoes, clothes, electronics, housewares and anything you need - My husband said it was like the grocery, WalMart, Target, Home Depot, CVS - all in one place. There are live chickens too. Not a place to shop for out of towners but a place to see what the locals do.
Written August 19, 2019
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