Arusha Central Market – Soko Kuu Arusha
“Soko Kuu Arusha”
The chaotic Central Market (aka Soko Kuu: ‘Big Market’) in the heart of the city is worth an hour or two of strolling time. While you might see a few other travellers, the market survives more off the local trade and is all the more interesting because of it.
The Central Market is one of the best places to get a glimpse of Tanzanian life, and offers a total assault on the senses. Locals will try everything to be your tour guide (for a fee) and traders are intent on making a sale, so have your wits about you and prepare to barter. There’s a lively atmosphere and various stalls of exotic fruit, coffee, nuts and spices.
This Market is so interesting, You can start a day early and go to local central market in Arusha on Sokaine Road. Market is near bus station. It is best to just lose yourself between hustle and bustle. Market vendors sell anything from vegetables and fruits, handmade crafts and usual things.
At the heart of Arusha town, you can easily see this Marker, for fresh and inexpensive produce those in the know come here. Even if you have no need for a kilo of tomatoes or mangos, it’s worth a look. Venture further in and you’re likely to find just about anything you might need, from bungee cord to uniforms.
As with other markets in Africa, if you are looking for something specific, beware of the guys referred to as “Papasi”. The word means ‘parasite’ in Swahili and it’s an accurate description; these seemingly helpful guide / translators might be able to show you where to get what need but he’ll also intimidate the vendor into jacking up the price considerably so he gets a hefty commission. Without you being the wiser, he’ll probably also demand a tip once the job is done.
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