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Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Take a Local if Possible

Like everyone else indicates, the Kariakoo Market is a really busy place - great for people watching and to get a real look at where locals shop. Since parking is a nightmare... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Like everyone else indicates, the Kariakoo Market is a really busy place - great for people watching and to get a real look at where locals shop. Since parking is a nightmare, it's best to get there early and avoid the weekend. We wouldn't have been able to find a specific shop without the assistance of a local driver. Having... More 

Thank renaypan
Multan, Pakistan
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179 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Kariakoo Market: The ancient Kariakoo Market is located on Sikukuu Street of old Dar as Salaam. It is the biggest and busiest food-items market which derives its name from former barracks of British Carrier Corps. The name “Kariakoo” dates from WW1, when after the expulsion of Germans from the city in 1916, thousands of Tanzanians were conscripted into the hated... More 

Thank Tassaduqhussain51
Nairobi, Kenya
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Nice place to find local stuff at reasonable prices. Nice place for foreigners to see the real local market and peaple

Thank Ben M
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This is an experience in itself even when not doing any shopping, the amount of people, the shops, everything seems to be more than enough. Watch out for pickpockets, small tracks ferrying goods to shops, loaders, carts, and hawkers running away from govt workers. The fruit markets has fresh fruits and a variety of vegetables at very reasonable prices, clothes... More 

2 Thank twofifty
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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192 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

There is a wide selection of items from food to clothes to handicrafts, but it is utterly chaotic. Nothing unusual compared to any big city market in a major African city. However, what makes it worse than other similar markets is the traffic and lack of space to walk anywhere. Getting in and out of Kariakoo is a nightmare. Better... More 

3 Thank The_Nomadic_Doctor
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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93 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

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... More 

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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

A must go if u want to enjoy the local market. You can find anythinf u search for at this place. Its always busy daily, closes at 6 pm. Watch out ir pocket as its v crowded. A great experiance.

1 Thank ahmed a
Mombasa, Kenya
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

we visited the place around noon and passed by again in the evening, walking distance from the hotel. it was crowded and noisy though it was quite an experience. anything you want you get it here and if not, you're directed accordingly. cheap merchandise, people are friendly. we bought stuff.

1 Thank ric08852
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110 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is a full-on market, selling everything imaginable. Somewhere ... We concentrated on the fruit market, downstairs. The steps down looked well dodgy, to be honest, but we were brave ... and rewarded. Every time of tropical fruit imaginable. Imagine avocados twice the size you've seen before, mounds of green bananas, loads of different types of mango and melon, racks... More 

2 Thank SRJB_London
Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

I have been to this place on several occasions. It is a wonderful place, the people are friendly and the goods are quite affordable. It is a good place for those people who are into buying and selling business. Though it is overcrowded its good to take care of your belongings but I have never heard of any thieves in... More 

4 Thank dudzai

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