Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market

Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market

Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market
3.5
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
How to get there
  • 116th St • 1 min walk
  • Central Park North – 110th St • 6 min walk
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

3.5
54 reviews
Excellent
13
Very good
10
Average
19
Poor
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Terrible
3

FinneganCanada
Canada1 contribution
We really enjoyed this market. We bought some amazing moisturizing soaps made with shea butter, mango and lemongrass. They have cool Obama tshirts and paraphenalia, mud cloth items and stuff to buy from all over Africa. Enjoyed our hour there very much !
Written September 9, 2008
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Traci
Wilmington, DE21 contributions
I was in NY for a play and had extra time thought I stop in Harlem so I heard about this and read the reviews It seemed like all the vendors had the same thing it was a small place as it was I mean some vendors had a little something different but the the most part they were very friendly helpful and fair with pricing. I picked up some raw Shea butter fragrance oils and some hand crafted brass earings Overall its worth stopen by
Written January 11, 2015
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Ellen H
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States85 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
The flea-market-style place has a lot of African items, but it is small and a lot of people sell exactly the same thing. You can find jewelry, colorful and intricate fabrics, clothing, musical instruments, wood carvings, and a few only-for-tourist items. Loved the fabrics available (bought some) and had some wonderful chats, especially over the fabrics and sewing. I finally found some people who understood why, when asked,"What will you make from this fabric?" my answer was, "I don't know. The fabric hasn't told me yet."
Written August 14, 2014
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Geri Berman
Manhattan, New York, United States25 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
This open market is heavily stocked with Nigerian and other African nation products. You can find a selection of clothing, jewelry and accessories, musical instruments and more.. It is definitely worth taking the time to stroll through this colorful marketplace , especially if you like to wear one of a kind articles of clothing. One designer in particular Ali makes the most beautiful, unique coats, capes and ensembles, very moderately prices. It's like wearing a piece of art. You can purchase unusual items as gifts especially musical instruments that make wonderful children's gifts . Located on West 116th Street bet Lenox Avenue and 5th Avenue. The people are friendly, helpful and are willing to bargain.
Written November 20, 2013
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moodbeast
Raja Ampat, Indonesia271 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
This is the second time I've come here. I wish I could come more often. Please don't be weary of taking the train up here. I've had nothing but nice encounters with the vendors there. You do bargain, but keep it light and fun. I've gotten the vulcanite bead necklaces for $15 medium strand, and $10 for some of the other type of bead work. I'm sure they made a very good profit from me but I didn't care, I didn't feel ripped off. They have shea butter in tubs as well has home made African black soap, which is impossible to find in San Francisco in it's container form. I didn't see any restrooms. It's not an indoor bazaar, so wear a scarf. I learned all kinds of ways to say hello and thank you. It's nice to meet people from Africa.
Written November 16, 2014
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Leah M
New York City, NY69 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
African products sold by Africans who now live locally in New York City! I absolutely love this market. Do not miss it on your trip to the city. The best time to visit is in the afternoon as not all the booths will be open in the morning. It's especially alive during the warm months. Chat with some of the shopkeepers and barter for a good price: it will feel like you have been transported to Africa. Some of the booths will even offer hair braiding if you are interested. Buy authentic African jewelry, instruments, fabric, clothing, handbags, artwork, etc. Cash only.
Written May 14, 2014
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Peggy M
Harrisburg, PA237 contributions
Aug 2011 • Family
We traveled to Harlem from the Village specifically to see this market, grab some lunch and visit the Apollo Theatre. We were excited to see the large colorful sign at the entrance to the market, and we bought some lovely artwork from a young woman there who is clearly very talented. She had beautiful oil paintings, and the prices were great, too. Although it wasn't as large as we had hoped, there was a nice selection of goods available including clothing, lotions, jewelry and artwork. However, although it was late morning, we found that many of the stands weren't open. We were also hoping to find some food there, but there was nothing available for us to eat. Then, when I tried to take a few photographs, a man approached us and asked me not to do that because they had recently received "bad press" and the picture-taking would make the vendors uncomfortable. As I was with my husband and young child, I didn't quite understand that comment, but, of course, we complied since we were just visitors. Overall, it was just "OK" for us. It's still worth a visit, though, for the experience.
Written July 24, 2012
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redeco
Warren, MA9,449 contributions
The African Market is an outdoor/indoor market that stretches between 115th Street and 116th Street just East of Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue). The shops are small and cramped and goods spill out onto the space in front.

Merchandise and services include African inspired clothing for men, women, and children. There are African music CD's, soaps, carvings, jewelry, beadwork, fabrics. There are even hair-braiding establishments. The market's vendors are friendly and the merchandise, though repetitive, is worth a look if you are up in Harlem.
Written August 8, 2008
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seek2traveltheworld
Richmond, VA12 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
I was dropped off on the hop on/hop off tour and remained there for most of the afternoon. Jewelry is super inexpensive and tons to choose from. Clothing is beautiful and I loved that you can haggle a bit on the pricing. Will definitely be returning on my next trip to New York.
Written September 25, 2018
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Oliviaintl1953
1 contribution
Dec 2014
This is one of the few places on Harlem, NY that has a grand selection of African and African American products. I found the best selection of African print fabrics as well as the sought out MudClothe. In addition I found many tailors and designers ready to design and make creations that amazed me, right there on the spot.
A must visit for visitors as well as New Yorkers looking for that perfect must buy.
Written December 14, 2014
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Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market (New York City) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM