Kejetia Market
Kejetia Market
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atx9801
Austin, TX6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
Huge, bustling, busy, crowded, everything you could want. If you have to see it all, plan on a few days and a lot of walking. Three wheelers the best way to get around, very narrow streets. Me, I just was driven through a few times, wasn't here to buy anything.
Written August 5, 2022
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AaronPeeters
Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
Kejetia is worth a visit just to experience the largeness of it. However, it's also, and Kumasi in general is, a good place to buy Ghanaian wares at a reasonable price, if you know what that price is and can bargain people down to it. Particularly buy some African flavoured cloth and get a tailor to make you a shirt, or some suit cloth for a 'top and down'- if memory serves me correctly enough cloth for a suit may cost between 20-30 cedis for good quality?
Written October 10, 2013
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Nicky M
London, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
At first, the market seems like huge maze but you soon get the hang of it! After trekking through the food, men clothes and lingerie stalls we finally found the cloth stalls! The choice was incredible! Most sellers will try and sell 2 yards for 20 cedis but you can usually bargain it down to half of that. We also managed to find some tailors in the market willing to make us some trousers for 10 cedis a piece. They look fantastic! My first tailor made outfit :)
Written August 25, 2013
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Ernie M
Los Angeles, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
So my friend Jim and I just returned from 2 weeks in the wonderful country of Ghana, and though we did and saw a lot of extraordinary things, we agreed that perhaps the highlight of the whole trip was the half-day we spent with our guide Comfort touring the Kumasi's enormous Kejetia Market.

This place can be overwhelming, I think, if we'd attempted it on our own, with thousands and thousands of stalls selling everything you might imagine. I can imagine how easily one might get lost in the maze of intersecting corridors, or be bewildered by where to go next -- and thereby miss some truly interesting sights.

Comfort -- who we contacted via the Four Villages Inn in Kumasi -- has known the market since her childhood and takes the uninitiated on a thorough, highly interesting 3-hour tour where you never feel lost, but always feel engaged with the experience.

She understands the type of home-made items, regional fabrics, or offbeat creations the typical non-Ghanaian is interested in seeing. I was interested in Adinkra cloth and she found me the 1 stall that sold it in the colors I was looking for, for example (I got myself a cute Kente-cloth bowtie, also!). My friend was looking for hand-made soap: no problem, Comfort located the 'soap section' easily.

Plus she knows nearly everyone at the sprawling market (or at least it seemed so to us) so she made it easier for us to engage in fun ways with the women and men running their stalls. She'll even take you to the top of a high-rise overlooking the market for a stupendous bird's eye view [it's near the highly interesting tailors' section].

At the end of the tour you leave feeling like you've gotten at least a small glimpse of the lives of ordinary Ghanaians - shoppers and vendors alike. We highly recommend Comfort and the Kumasi Market tour to anyone interested in the 'real' Ghana.

Ernie Mundell, Los Angeles
Written January 19, 2016
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turbofarmer
bristol61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
This is an essential life experience.A huge transport and market trading town centre market.
Estimates vary but 100.000 stalls / market vendors are operating here in the middle of Ghanas dynamic Ashanti capital.Part huge Bus station with departures for every remote village in the country , part huge turmoil of buying and selling with every type of goods being loaded on and off roofs of the trotros.
So busy you have to navigate through crowds you will not find ANYWHERE else on the planet
TIP - If you only have one day here start at the top end of the Cultural Centre [qv],walk down the hill through the dynamic Adum central shopping area and enter the maelstrom of the market.
PS In spite of all the josling and pushing you are completely safe here , should you be interested in say KENTE cloth just ask anyone and you will be directed to the cloth market where you can buy the real deal for 40% of the price at the headline tourist places and treated with great courtesy
Written January 17, 2014
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midway42
Georgia3,116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011
Wow. This place is quite interesting. I took a tour of Kejetia Market on my first day in Kumasi and I’m still trying to process the experience. Located roughly in the center of Kumasi, there is a large sign on Fuller Street that approximates the entry to the market proper. We started off climbing a faded pink building on the western edge to get a bird’s eye view of the surroundings and then proceeded on foot for the tour.

The market functions as kind of a Walmart for the local population, with individual sellers taking the place of a large corporation. Everything is for sale here: beef, fish, spices, snails, clothing, garden tools, textiles, etc. Not only are people selling all of these things but also making them in front of your eyes, often from recycled products.

For those who enjoy just watching people live their lives, walking through here will be a cherished memory. I would recommend touring with a guide as I was able to appreciate finer points of how things operate and I think I saw a wider range of services and products than if I had just wandered around. The closest thing I can compare this to is Jerusalem’s Old City and even then the comparison falls a bit short just do to the sheer size of the place. Amazing.
Written April 24, 2011
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tinimaier2016
Portland, OR9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Largest open-air market in ALL of West Africa! This is not a tourist type market like the stalls outside the Kumasi Cultural Center. This is where Ghanaians do their shopping for the whole of colorful life! An absolute must see of anything in Kumasi, by everyone’s standards. I’d really recommend one day to see it, tour it, to begin to take in the sights, smells, etc., take photos. Then another day to actually purchase. It can be done all at once, but if it were me, I’d figure in two days, so the first day you could just absorb! You’d be more likely to see all the sections too. It’s impossible to see them all in a day, too exhausting. I went on the tour at least 4 times and saw completely different astonishing things each time: the meat section, metal, cloth, resale kente, back-alley cheap batiks, chicken-plucking, shoe-making, even the voodoo section, if you are feeling so bold.

Central Market tour guide: Comfort, maternal and wise, I know her well and I trust her to the moon! She will rearrange her schedule if necessary for you, but it is kinder to give her advance warning. You can even tell her well ahead and she will put it on her calendar, which is no small thing in Ghana! You can reach her through The Four villages Inn. Call Frank or Charity at +233 20 766 7559.

Comfort charges about 30 cedi per person for a day tour (that might be less than $7 or up to $10) and really should charge more. She does not have transportation, so usually will meet you at the Barclay’s bank in Adum, then ride with you into the market, in your vehicle (guiding you as to where to park) or in your taxi. Sometimes she may have her young daughter with her, which will be no trouble. She will customize her tour to what you’re after, what you’re interested in. I do not recommend going alone. It is safe enough, though pick-pockets could be a problem. But it is super overwhelming and irritating, with people pulling on you and harassing you everywhere. It is better with any African with you, but Comfort knows everyone and everything Central Market. She is phenomenal! My grown son thought she was one of the best people in Ghana and he is a discerning one. She also has worked with Westerners and can explain most anything that has you curious. Believe me, you will have many questions. Much will be baffling!

Comfort will also accompany you to the Kumasi Cultural Center, Presidential Palace, really anywhere you need a guide. She walks fast, so feel free to ask her to slow down. She also, like many Africans, eats less and less often than we do. So I recommend bringing a snack, and/or making it clear when you want to stop for a coconut or “Fan-Ice” or “Fan-Yo” These are like ice cream truck frozen treats, sold from cold boxes carried atop vendors’ heads. Use hand sanitizer to wipe off the corner of the bag you will eat it from, if possible. (I bring small scissors, as my teeth won’t pull through the thick plastic easily.) There isn’t much other food available that I’d eat there, mostly snails, fish, and gooey carbs for dipping by hand into spicy sauces, donut type things, and fruit - but all of questionable sanitation. Roadside you can find plantain chips and these are fine. The browner the sweeter, depends on how you like them. And boiled peanuts. I also ate cabbage rolls and bean rolls. The guide will know if the food would be safe for you. There is soda, especially Coke and Orange Fanta. Also advisable to wipe the top of the bottle after removing cap. Buy your water in bottles, not the individual plastic sachets that have been out of their outer wrapping. (The water used to rinse the dust off the sachet is questionable.) There is actually a public toilet Comfort will take you to, also nothing to sneeze at in Ghana! Really, going with Comfort to the Central Market is the only way to go!
Written January 4, 2016
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Becca B
Missoula, MT39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
Kejetia claiming to be "the biggest market in West Africa" is about to be replaced by a shopping mall, so I highly recommend going before that happens. I arranged a guided tour through my lodging at Four Villages Inn. I highly recommend a guide, considering there are over 10,000 stalls, you also avoid some of the nagging to buy seller's goods. It's hot, loud and took several hours, but it was well worth it to see such a large part of the informal economy.

Whether looking for tubs of ground nut butter, batik fabric or any random gadget or gizmo you can think of, you can probably get it at the market. Avoid the meat section if you easily get queasy.
Written December 11, 2015
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BeatriceItaliana
Italy823 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Friends
It is a huge market that is the best expression of African's soul. It is coloured, noisy, interesting, rich and poor, however a really paradise for photographers. However be careful: not all people are happy to be in your photos, so respect their wishes.
Written January 15, 2012
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Pastor Donchris... A
Kumasi, Ghana10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Business
My 1st time to Kumasi, i arrived at Kejetia Market garage by 1am from Accra, To my greatest surprise, people are still in the market places.
This is a market where everything imported is very cheap. They are not greedy.
I Love this place. Thank you.
Written June 21, 2018
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