Senior Villager
1. Cereals – Get them in Nyamakima in that
kichochoro for Molo matatus. Groundnuts from the
market cost Sh190 per kilo, but at Nyamakima they
are Sh110. You can also get apples and other fruits
at a good price.
2. Diapers and bar soap – OTC. The kichochoro
between Tuskys and Equity.
3. Chemicals for homemade detergent, bleach,
fabric softener, disinfectant – OTC, the building with
Tuskys, go upstairs, first floor. They will even
explain how to mix them.
4. Bulk shopping – If you can manage to go to
Kawangware or Eastleigh, you will save a lot. In
Kawangware, go to Samrose in the market. Alight at
Mlango Soko, then at Cooperative Bank, go down
and turn at the first right turn, walk about 20 metres
and you will find SamRose. Go with a list, they will
give you the prices. If you are buying things for a
shop, they deliver. Alternatively, you can turn left
and walk a bit for like 100 metres where you will
find many wholesale shops including FairPrice. Also
look out for Israel. In Eastleigh, as you walk
towards the Catholic Church or if you are coming
from Pangani, just after you take the right turn to
enter Eastleigh, you will see the Marie Stopes sign
board, the shops start there. If you are an uptown
girl, on the upper side of Biashara Street just before
you join Koinange Street there is a Muhindi shop
that sells groceries at wholesale prices. It’s
opposite Yala Towers. He also has storage and
garbage bags at a good price.
5. Beauty products and jewellery – Perida Centre,
Dubois Road, and basically Dubois Road.
6. Vegetables – Marikiti and Gikomba. Bunch of
spinach @ Sh15, bunch of sukuma wiki @Sh10,
terere @15, manage @20, 6 tomatoes @10, onions
@ 1 bob, 4 maize cobs @20, etc, especially
outside Marikiti.
7. Vegetables for those who live in Eastlands – Go
to Korongosho market early on Wednesday or
Saturday mornings. It is at the Dandora, Kariobangi
roundabout. Buy carrots, peas, potatoes and onions
from the lorries; it is cheaper than inside the
8. Meat – Ndonyo Market Dagoretti for Sh280 a
kilo. Burma Sh200 to Sh250 a kilo.
9. Fish and chicken kienyeji – Gikomba. When you
get to Gikomba, ask for the place where fish is
sold. It’s a whole building opposite where newborn
clothes are sold. It’s on the right as you walk
towards the market.
10. Fish – Alpha Foods, Road A, Enterprise Road,
you’ll get 40 pieces of tilapia @Sh1700. They close
by 4pm. The boda boda guys can direct you.
11. Wine/alcohol – Opposite Kensilver matatus on
Dubois Road, there is a club with better prices than
Mwalimu on Mfangano Street. Also check Accra
Road where the 2NK matatus are in the hawkers
market building, go to 3rd floor there are many
wholesale shops there.
12. Utensils – Kamukunji. Kamukunji is those sides
as you head towards Machakos Bus Station.
13. Prescribed medication – Try Transchem next to
the bike shop above or the Transchem ooposite
Afya Centre. There is also another chemist near the
number 4 matatus, where the hardware shops are.
Sinai Chemist at the Nairobi Textiles building is
cheaper than Transchem. It is at the intersection
where the Kenya Mpya buses queue, opposite a
building under construction, surrounded by iron
sheets (mabati). Accra Road also has a stretch of
affordable chemists.
14. Panties and bras – At the junction of Accra
Road and River Road, directly opposite Kobil Petrol
Station, there is a small corridor where panties and
bras are sold. The quality is better than Kamukunji
and cheaper than Mombasa Rest House on River
Road. You can also buy kids’ vests, bikers, boob
tops and tummy trimmers there.
15. Shoes (heels, flats, sandals and sports). Get
these at Bus Station in those vibandas facing
matatus for Mater/South B. They range in price
from Sh300 to Sh1,000. You can also get nice
sweaters and jackets there. Also check Toi Market
and those near Thika try KIANDUTU
16. Shoes for women with wide feet – Bus Station
the upper side where vegetables are sold, just near
that path that leads to Mfangano Street. There are
guys who sell nice second-hand Clarks and Nine
West official shoes and boots for Sh800 to
Sh1200. They also have rubber shoes and loafers.
17. Heels at a much better price than Backyard
Shoez (e.g Forever 21 @Sh2K). Go to Emirates
Collection on Tom Mboya Street.
18. Doll shoes – Kamukunji.
19. Bata Toughees/Bata Bullets – At the Bata
distributor at Kamukunji on your way to Gikomba.
Does wholesale and retail.
20. Official dresses, skirts, trouser – Bus Station
near the City Council toilet. Gikomba from Sh200
for skirts.
21. Khaki trousers – Kenyatta Market; very nice
ones at Sh650.
22. High-waist jeans – Amal Plaza, entrance C, turn
left. Some ladies there sell them at Sh700 or less.
23. Maternity trousers – Bus Station.
24. Kids clothes – Gikomba, Kwa Cucu, or ask for
children’s clothes, you will be directed. Also check
Toi Market, Kamukunji and Eastleigh.
25. Curtains and carpets – Eastleigh. At the Garage
roundabout, walk a few metres on your left. Alight
at the second stop after St Theresa and walk
towards Amal Plaza, you will find many malls
selling curtains. Go to the various shops comparing
prices and fabrics; you will be spoilt for choice.
Comparing prices before you buy will ensure that
you don’t buy overpriced curtains.
26. Gym wear – Directly opposite The Bazaar as
you walk towards Koja, there is a lady hawker who
sells gym wear at night. Bottoms go for Sh200,
jackets for Sh300 to Sh350. You can also buy tops
at night outside Jade Collections.
27. Hair braiding – At Old Nation for cornrows for
28. Fabrics – Go to Nairobi Textile upstairs for
vitenge, while at the back (walk straight from the
entrance), you can get fabric for office wear. Nairobi
Textiles is next to Malindi Dishes. For Kitenges,
River Road opposite Bata Mini Price has cheaper
fabrics than Nairobi Textiles. Also check Zion
Kitenge past KCB on River Road. Eastleigh too at
Sh900 for six yards, you can even get at Sh750.
When you get to Eastleigh, ask to be shown kitenge
house. There are also other fabrics too.
29. Toys – Kamukunji. Mutindwa in Estlands for
best kids toys, especially for boys.
30. Bicycles for kids and adults – Directly what
used to be Jack and Jill Supermarket, walk towards
Uchumi House and you will see a big shop selling
bikes only. Ask them to tighten the bike and to sell
you grease. (some people in the comments
expressed disappointment in the quality of the
bikes they bought there). Even accessories are very
cheap. I bought stabilisers there at Sh350, while
someone somewhere else had quoted a price of
Sh1700. You can also get garbage bags there for
Sh350 instead of Sh600 at the supermarket.
Someone else bought Sh280 at Eastleigh.
31. Bathroom accessories and lighting for those
who are constructing – Walk past that Tuskys that
is just past Thika matatus, and you will see a
whole street of shops selling stuff. They also sell
toilet seats, decorative mirrors and many other
32. Bedding (duvets, bed sheets, bed covers,
mosquito nets) – Kamukunji. You can also get bed
sheets and other bedding at Kwa Cucu in Gikomba
for maximum Sh500.
33. Shaggy mat making materials – Keekorok Road,
also has exercise books and stationery. It’s cheaper
than Biashara Street.
34. Fibre/pillow filling and sofa fabric – Gikomba.
35. Car spare parts – Impala on Tom Mboya Street,
near the number 9 matatus.
36. Water storage tanks 210 and 310 litres –
37. Plastics – Mansi Traders at Tausi House in
Kamukunji, an Indian shop.
NB: In Kamukunji, there are both genuine utensils
and fakes.
39. electrical appliances near nyamakima