This, the largest open-air market in Kenya, is situated near the Machakos Bus Station. It was established in the 1960s by the colonial government as a market for Africans. It specialises in mitumba, or second hand clothes, but also sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meat as well as local baskets and household items. The market is open throughout the week but is especially lively on Saturday. Be warned—haggling is expected and greatly enjoyed by the local people.
This large fashion shop caters for a wide range of tastes. As well as formalwear, Anupi has a great selection of eye-catching clothes for a night on the town. There is also a very impressive collection of accessories such as travel bags and belts. Look out in particular for the shirt department which is home to many top names including Nike and Fila. Fashion lovers should not miss a trip to this shop!
Located in Milimani, this is one of the best wedding outfitters in the city. There is a huge variety of wedding gowns, tiaras, suits, and jewellery with something to suit every taste and budget. Invitation cards are also available here. Quality is excellent and the staff are very helpful.
Located opposite the National Museums of Kenya building, this popular shop has an especially extensive stock of South African wine. The blackcurrant scented wines are particularly highly recommended. As well as wine, Museum Hill offers a decent choice of spirits and beer. A full range of chilled soft drinks is also available.
Located in The Mall in the Westlands district of the city, Monty's is a popular choice with locals. It's no surprise it is always so busy as it offers one of the best collections of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in the area. Particularly good for brandy, wine and rum.
Aiming to spread the word of Christ, this shop offers a large selection of Christian literature and Bible study materials. There are books for all ages from inspiring tracts for children to Bob Beltz's 'Becoming a Man of the Spirit' for adults. One of the best shops to visit if you are interested in learning more about Christianity.
Popular with the city's well-to-do, Deacons department store stocks a fantastic array of clothing, footwear and household goods. Other goods on offer include toiletries, gifts and cosmetics. It is a large and spacious store that offers leading brand names and a hassle-free shopping experience. Other outlets are located on Kimathi Street, Yaya Centre and Sarit Centre.
Although this gift shop is located on the outskirts of Nairobi - about five minutes drive from the city centre - it is worth the trip. It offers a very impressive range of novelties, toys, and souvenirs. As well as gifts, this spacious shop has a good choice of cards for just about every occasion imaginable.
One of Kenya's leading bookshops, the Text Book Center offers a wide selection of titles. There is everything here from textbooks to fiction to the latest Information Technology titles. The range of maps is especially impressive. The shop is spacious and cool, giving shoppers plenty of room to browse the shelves upon shelves of books. Look out for the regular special offers.
Like the many other wines and spirits outlets in the city, Jolyn offers both local and imported drinks. There is a fine stock of all the usual favourites including whisky, vodka and beer. Teetotallers will find an ample selection of soft drinks.