Masai Craft Market

Masai Craft Market, Kisumu: Address, Masai Craft Market Reviews: 4/5

Masai Craft Market
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Hannah
Kenya7 contributions
Worth it
Oct 2019 • Friends
Visited it with a friend. Extremely beautiful handcraft! Very low prices, feels wrong to even bargain as they make it all themselves. The shop owners were very nice and didn‘t bother us when we didn‘t buy anything.
Written 9 October 2019
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Mes O
Westernohe, Germany2 contributions
A wonderful place to buy handmade crafts.. Remember to bargain, always start from half price of the suggested price.
Aug 2019 • Couples
Try Titus stall, he is polite, friendly and got plenty to offer.. But in general all the vendors are very friendly, you only have to beat them in bargaining the price.
Written 31 August 2019
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Thomson74
Lancaster, United Kingdom1,492 contributions
Excellent Craft Market
Jul 2019
There is so much choice in the individual stalls. The animal cravings on Safari are here and cheaper. We visited here a couple of time during our stay in Kisumu. We purchase most of our souvenirs here at a very good price. The people are very friendly, and everyone wants you to go in their shop.
Written 21 August 2019
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tamowens
Oxon Hill, MD42 contributions
Unexpected Treasures
Feb 2019 • Business
At first glance the Maasai Market looks like just another Open Air Market in Kisumu however when you visit each booth you realize that there's some unexpected Treasures made by some warm and talented artist. It is worth the visit
Written 19 February 2019
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FiveStarPrincessDoes
Lindsay, Canada482 contributions
Spectacular carvings and bead crafts
Jan 2019 • Family
There are so many carvings made out of ebony wood. All the animals from safari were here. Also clothing and blankets made from the fabric they produce. A Masai warrior dressed us as Masai tribesman and we had a picture with him and his sword. The people barter prices so be sure to negotiate.
Written 9 January 2019
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wayne y
Kisumu, Kenya291 contributions
Great authentic craft market!
May 2018 • Friends
We are expats living here in Kisumu and always enjoy taking our visitors to the Masai Market. We have become friends with some of the vendors. One of the artists; Opiyo, (midway down on the left) has become a friend of mine and did a great painting of the fish market off of a picture that I took him. It's a good place to find all kinds of local souvenirs from soapstone and wood carvings to traditional clothing, baskets and much more. Some of the vendors are courteous, others are a bit more aggressive and don't like you to leave without buying something, but looking is "free", as they like to say! Bartering is expected.
Written 26 May 2018
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Lauren A
New York City, NY76 contributions
Small market full of unique treasures
Mar 2017 • Business
Found two phenomenal paintings at a stall about half-way down on the left (all art work). There are also a plethora of fantastic soap stone and wood carvings, fabric and just about anything else you could want to bring back from Kenya.

Would highly recommend going with at least one other person. Only Kenyan shillings are accepted. Bartering is expected (everyone spoke English). I'm not sure what time it opens, but we went on Wednesday after work around 5 pm and most stalls were still open.
Written 13 March 2017
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Chris F
98 contributions
A pleasant craft market
Oct 2016 • Couples
I'm always skeptical of craft fairs in Africa. Most feature stall after stall of the same trinkets, mostly made in China. The Masai Craft market falls short of its name, with few crafts to be had. I've visited over 20 of these markets, and this is one of the best I've been to.

The Masai Craft Market is a pleasant atmosphere in which to browse a selection of gifts. They have a good selection of Masai blankets and soap stone carvings. While you can find these items in lots of places, the lack of crowds and hustlers make this one of the better places we stopped. It also seems like the sales are helping people that really need it. There are also only ~15-20 stalls, so it's a pretty quick stop. Overall, this is one of the better craft markets we visited in Africa.
Written 20 December 2016
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Yayaavar
Ghaziabad, India19 contributions
Spot to have feel of Africa's Art Crafts Creations
Sep 2016
It was attributed as an possible place of being cheated by sellers ,but is not true.These sellers are real poor folks, having specialty of very few articles e.g. Kisii Soapstone Articles Some of them Unique if you could find.Wood Articles Embossed Plates , Modified Wood Items for Dining Table.Some Dried Pumpkin Painted Bottles etc.Unique Half Cut Pumpkin Nature Painted for Food stuff. One Clue to get a satisfied buyer, Survey all stalls First, don't buy till get fair idea of prices, invest time OR get accompanied with a local person not a Guide ?
Some of Articles are surely worth for Showcase for any class of collector.
Written 15 November 2016
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Chris H
Brisbane Region, Australia13 contributions
Visited whilst in Kisumu and the region on business
Jul 2016 • Business
A lane with some shanty type market stalls on either side. Similar to many markets you see in provincial towns - doesn't look much at 1st glance but go in and have a look around. A lot of the same stuff in the stalls but some interesting individual items too if you look - you have to go into each one to have a good look around. Guys are friendly but obviously will encourage you to enter their stall. Kenyan shillings only. The artists are particularly interesting - a lot of stuff but some nice artworks also are amongst them. They will make anything you want. Engage with the stall holders and bargain with them for a good deal. Some less than sensible tourists who offer minute sums expecting the sellers to give their work away will leave dissapointed, and rightly so too. Be reasonable and you'll get a nice result.
Enjoyed the visit and purchased some nice "not touristy" items for good prices. Taxi from town should be 300 to 500 Ks one way depending on your pickup point. Taxi can wait for you at no extra charge.
Written 31 July 2016
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