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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Central Market Darajani

Darajani Market or Central Market or simply the Main Market is a covered bazaar in the middle of Stone Town on Creek Road and a very vibrant place. It was constructed in 1904... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Multan, Pakistan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a solo female traveler Zanzibar stone town was exhausting as everyone stops you to ask if they can give you a tour (all men) many getting quite upset if you don't want to engage in a long conversation (likely your 20th). The market is a bit over whelming if you are tired and hot. Again men asking if you... More 

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Multan, Pakistan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Darajani Market or Central Market or simply the Main Market is a covered bazaar in the middle of Stone Town on Creek Road and a very vibrant place. It was constructed in 1904. Before this Market, the marketplace was within the Old Fort. The present Market is one of the best places to see the daily life and culture of... More 

Thank Tassaduqhussain51
Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an 'oh-my-gosh' experience. Get your camera ready and click click click! Octopus, shark, barracuda, and other frightening fish staring at you from gray concrete slabs. Fruits and vegetables thrush through with color, thrusting smell and taste into your 'awed out' mouth puckering in wonderment. Bold reds, pungent yellows, great greens, succulent orange, pepperminty pinks. Garlic, onion, peppers, squash,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A typical African market that is not really catered for tourists, but walking through with a guide is the best and safest option. We purchased spices from here and glad we did as the market had the most cheapest rate we encountered during our stay on the island. Many other products can be bought that will probably bring you a... More 

Thank Daniel D
Somerset West, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a place I would rush back to, but glad I have seen it. The smells are not great - mainly because of the meat market at the bottom. Also very hot & humid to shop there - you cannot wait to get out into the breeze again. Prices looked ok?

Thank Zeeroo
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I loved this market for its raw authenticity. I felt like most of our African exploration was very touristy so it was interesting and humbling to observe some real culture, tradition and day to day living. The first thing I noticed was the smell, pungent, rotting fish and meat but as you get deeper into the market the smell tends... More 

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George, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Interesting experience to visit a local bazaar!The smell was not for the faint hearted! But it is interesting to walk through- large fish can be seen that was caught& sold here. The market/bazaar is definitely the place to be at to buy fruits, spices, flavored coffees& teas, oils, perfumes and so much more! I felt the prices here were the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Like a lot of markets in Africa, the Darajani Bazaar does not exist for tourists. If this is your first market in Africa, do take a quick stroll through to get a sense for the bazaar. However, if you've been to other local markets in Africa, this can easily be skipped. Many cities have markets designed for tourists. They specialize... More 

2 Thank Chris F
New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This place was first opened in 1904 and is still running. There is everything from fruit, vegetables, fish, and spices. There are a million flies though so I wouldn't buy anything unless you want to get sick. I'm sure their immune system is used it. The fish market smells horrible and I could barely walk through the flies but it's... More 

1 Thank Krystalynn M
Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

This market, and in particular the fish market has got to rank as one of the most overrated and disgusting experiences ever. The smell and stench of rotting fish makes you want to puke right there and then. This is not a cultural experience by any stretch of the imagination. It is simply a run down filthy dirty market.

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