The markets in Africa are known to be the place to get a firsthand experience of the continent’s diverse culture. These top ten tourist markets in Africa, gives you chance to fully submerge yourself in Africa through their languages, food, attire, remarkable items and collections, when you visit the market.
Here are the lists of Top 10 tourist markets worth visiting in Africa.
1 Onitsha Market
The Onitsha market, also known as the International Marine Market Onitsha; is located at the eastern bank of the Niger River, in Anambra, Nigeria.
This market; however, is known to be the biggest market in the whole of West Africa, and the city with the highest GDP in Nigeria. With over five million visitors daily across the 40 markets of different sizes spread its metropolis. Consequently attracting tourists from all over the world, given the wide range of products and services, from clothes to household equipment, food items/raw products, electronics, footwear, petrochemicals product, vehicle spare-parts, timber and building materials, polythenes products, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics.
Visiting this market gives you the advantage of not only seeing the day-to-day life of its citizens but also gives you the medium to shop for diverse goods and services at a very affordable price. If you ever consider visiting any of the market among the top ten tourist markets, the Onitsha market should be among your top list.
2 Merkato Addis Ababa, market
The Addis Mercato market is located in the Addis Ketema, district of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Is known to be the largest open-air marketplace in Africa, where you get to shop everything. Diverse African items and products, ranging from agricultural products (coffee, beans, oilseeds, sugarcane, potatoes, vegetables, and cereals), to clothes (Ethiopian garments), jewellery, religious relics, leather goods, ceramics, machine tools, and Ethiopian souvenirs.
Despite been heavily crowded, the market is sectionally organized. With precise location for any item or products, you looking for. The advantage of shopping in this market as a tourist gives the medium to have a personal experience with not only its indigenous people but also get to see how the animals (like the donkeys) help in the process of transportation during trading.
3 Jemaa el-Fnaa market
The Jemaa el-Fnaa market also known as Djemaa el-Fnaa and Djemaa el-Fnaa, located in the Medina quarter of Marrakesh, Morocco, is a must visit among the top ten tourist markets in Africa.
The marketplace Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city) is where the residents’ trade and tourists are seen both during the day and night, given how the market is always active, busy, and entertaining.
Products like agricultural commodities like (citrus fruits and market vegetables), rugs and carpets, bread baskets, textiles, babouche, hand-painted ceramics, phosphates, and phosphate products.
The street market entertainment ranges from snake charmers to monkey trainers, dentists showcasing the teeth they recently extracted, hawkers of spices, juices, snails, and lots more. Just the entertainment gotten from the street market is an experience to behold forever.
4 African Craft Market of Rosebank
The African Craft Market of Rosebank, located in the biggest city and capital of South Africa, Johannesburg; is the forth among the top ten tourist markets in Africa, you should visit.
This market which opens seven days a week; is known to be among the most visited by tourists, given how it showcases rich, vibrant African culture and heritage, through its assorted display of exotic art like artefacts, paintings, ceramics, clothing and fabrics, beading, African sculptures, jewellery, and interior décor bits; however, aside the first-hand experience you get as a tourist visiting the market, the eye catching entertaining places which include cinema nouveau, coffee shops, and restaurants are available for you.
5 Kejetia Market
The Kejetia Market; also known as Kumasi Central Market is located in the city of Kumasi, Ghana. This market is known to be the largest single open-air market in West Africa.
As a tourist, various African commodities can be obtained from this market; ranging from handcrafted kente clothing fabrics by the Ashantis, jewelry, food commodities, Ashanti crafts and sandals, batik, and bracelets.
A befitting market for tourists to visit.
Top Ten Tourist Markets In Africa
6 Khan el-Khalili market Cairo
The Khan el-Khalili market located in Cairo, Egypt is a famous bazaar and souq in the historic center of Cairo. A trip to Egypt, without visiting the market in Cairo isn’t complete. With its historic caravanserais, colorful street, and beautiful display, the bazaar district is known to be the main attraction of tourists to the country.
Not only does it has breathtaking sites, but also items and products ranging from gold and jewelry to leather wears, Shisha water pipes, carpets, alabaster and soapstone carvings, paintings on papyrus, perfumes, and reproductions of antiquities. A visit to this colorful market is worth every experience.
7 Medina of Tunis market
The Medina of Tunis market located in Tunis, the biggest city in Medina, Tunisia, is the heartbeat of Arab culture and heritage. Souk which means market in Arabic, is mostly what shops are grouped into. Despite the market having narrow streets, the city is known for its golden beaches, weather with a lot of sunshine.
Commodities like Sandals and slippers, electrical equipment, wire and cable, textile, olive oil, and petroleum by-products.
The advantage of visiting this market is the affordable luxuries you get from the city as a tourist.
8 The Maasai Market, Nairobi.
The Maasai market is located within the Central downtown of Nairobi, Kenya. This open-air market, which displays the traditional people’s culture, has been one of the main attractions of locals and tourists to the country. Unique and one-of-a-kind paintings, crafts and artefacts, building structures, textiles and outfits from the various still existing tribes, are been sold in the Maasai market.
9 Makola Market, Accra
Makola Market located in the center of the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana, is known for its hustle and bustle life. When it comes to the commodities been sold, a wide range of products ranging from fresh produce to livestock, food, clothes, footwear, medicines, appliance, vehicle, jewellery, and beads. In essence, all saleable goods and services can be purchased from the Makola market.
10 Balogun Market
The Balogun market is located at the heart of Lagos Island. Known to be the wide market in the city, where both homemade and imported textures, foot wears, bags, and accessories been sold, can be acquired. Lagos came to be the center for the international commercial market of Nigeria.
One of the experiences you get to encounter as a tourist is the sights of the colorful and busy market, the sellers, and how they interact.