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Nakasero Market
Nakasero Market

Nakasero Market

Free admission
Market Square Rd, Kampala, Uganda

The Basics

It’s recommended to browse the stalls with a guide to secure the best deals and overcome the language barrier; many city tours feature Nakasero Market and provide an easy way for travelers to orient themselves in bustling Kampala, which can often feel overwhelming for first-time visitors. If visiting independently, you can pick up well-priced souvenirs or fill your bag with fresh fruit. Look out for fast food vendors selling fried grasshoppers orrolexes (omelette-and-vegetable-stuffed chapati).

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nakasero Market is a commercial hub that provides insight into local life in Kampala.

  • Remember that fresh, locally-sourced produce won’t keep as long as store-bought stuff back home.

  • The labyrinthine market can get hectic, so it’s worth exploring with a local where possible.

  • Bartering is expected; be sure to bring smaller notes.

  • As with any city market, be mindful of your belongings.

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How to Get There

Conveniently located in the city center, the market is easily accessible on foot,matutu (bus), orboda boda (motorbike taxi). City tours offer hassle-free navigation between Kampala’s central attractions.

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When to Get There

Prices are generally lower early in the morning, when new stock has just arrived. Visit early to secure the best deals and beat the daytime crowds.

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Owino Market (St Balikuddembe Market)

Combine your visit with a trip to Kampala’s biggest market for a comprehensive shopping experience. It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon browsing Owino’s labyrinthine avenues; from second-hand designer garments to fragrant and exotic spices, the stalls have it all. Interestingly, most of the market’s 50,000 vendors are women.

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