We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Arusha, Tanzania

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 35 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
  • 17
    Very good
  • 2
  • 2
  • 0
Arusha colorful typical market.

Great experience to see up close daily life in Tanzania. Colorful typical market with stalls of amazing products.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2017
jacques m
Add Photo Write a Review

35 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 27: English reviews
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Great experience to see up close daily life in Tanzania. Colorful typical market with stalls of amazing products.

Thank jacques m
Libertyville, Illinois
Level Contributor
59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

The Central Market in downtown Arusha is a "happening" place, full of people, activities and also we were warned pickpockets. Fortunately our cab driver escorted us through the market which made us feel a bit safer. It is a fun place to bargain and find unusual spices and foods. Be aware of your belongings when there.

1 Thank camn21252
Jakarta, Indonesia
Level Contributor
1,224 reviews
691 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 598 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

One of the object I like to visit in a city is public market. This central market is real Afrikan. You will find everything, vegetables, fruits, fishes, mears etc.People are nice, please buy sumthing to support them.

2 Thank Darnel-HDI
Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
Level Contributor
22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Spices, fruit and vegetables of great quality and African taste guaranteed. Typical Tanzanian market, you will like it for sure!

Safwa, Saudi Arabia
Level Contributor
158 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The place with real feel of Africa, it is very busy but always nice to interact with locals and see their daily struggle, you will find nice people there, you can have a chat with them, support them by buying some of their items, just watch out and keep close eye on your belongings, it happens in any crowded place... More 

2 Thank Mohammed A
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
328 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I would definitely recommend the visit and encourage you to take in the experience. We have visited markets in many countries and while there are similarities this one has unique attributes. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk thru and were fascinated at many of the items, especially the sardines. Huge quantities of sardines. We especially enjoyed meeting a young man who... More 

Thank merlinsurrietrekker
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
440 reviews
378 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Very busy market place full of stalls with good variety, market is really targeted towards the locals not the tourists but still good fun interacting with them. You know they will try to overcharge you so make sure you barter with them, some guys will try to walk around with you trying to help you but they are just trying... More 

Thank Jason S
Quebec, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Very nice typical tanzanian market. Easier to find your way around if you are with a local. Bargain is the main point and they know how to get the most of you! if you buy one thing they think you will buy everything! Good place to find fruits, vegetables and spices. Interesting to see how they keep and sell their... More 

2 Thank Cynthia W
Level Contributor
86 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We enjoyed touring it and see the local products, the people and buy some local staff like coconuts and spices (although they tried to rip us off). it is not built for tourist but worth while the experience

Thank Raz C
Munich, Germany
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

Narrow alleys filled with various goods. The market is a really nice place with friendly local people! ... but some of them will try to sell their stuff for incredible prices. Don't go with any fixers to the market, they seem friendly but they'll only try to get higher prices! Always pay in Tsh - much cheaper! Here some useful... More 

4 Thank Peterbjrk

Travellers who viewed Central Market also viewed

Arusha, Arusha Region

Been to Central Market? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Central Market and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Melbourne, Australia
18 days ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Central Market staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?