The Marox supermarket is fairly well stocked. They have plenty of canned goods, cold soft drinks, cold beers and larger items like oil and rice. They have a reasonable butcher counter and some very good sausages. You will also find very good local nuts (like cashews) sold inside recycled water bottles. They do not have a lot of kitchen gadgets, but the Le Champion Supermarché across the street has everything.
The best thing about the Marox is that is has the absolute best fruit and vegetable stands in Togo just outside. I mean amazing produce.
Between the Marox, Le Champion and the fresh produce stalls here, you have everything you need to survive in one place. It’s more expensive than if you go and haggle for individual items in the massive market areas that start here, but it’s really convenient.
Marox Supermarché is open:
8:00-12:20 and 13:00-18:30 Monday-Friday
Le Champion is a massive grocery store that also sells household good, including appliances. The best part is that they sell postcard. Lomé is a very hard place to find postcards. You can buy them here for 300 CFA. Just ask for ‘Carte Postal’ and they are towards the left as you enter past the checkouts. Oddly they sell good postcards for Ghana as well.
Le Champion does sell ice cold soft drinks at suitable expensive prices (325 CFA). They also have a great selection of imported cheeses, meats, and seafood. In terms of household goods and kitchen gadgets – they have it all. They also have a huge selection of beers, juices and canned foods. The best part is a truly amazing wine room. Absolutely superb imported wines from across the world. If you want to enjoy some superb wine and cheese, this is the shop for you in Lomé.
They will ask you to check any bags (for free) with the guards. There are plenty of shopping trolleys and the staff are friendly.
They have a very large butchery counter(s) at the rear so if you need any fresh meats you have an excellent selection.
A lot of the prices are high by local standards, but they do carry European name brands of everything from food to cosmetics. You will see a few ex-pats shopping with you.
I do not have the opening hours for Le Champion, but the grocery store across the street (Marox Supermarché) is open:
8:00-12:20 and 13:00-18:30 Monday-Friday
** They have a Bank of Africa ATM to get cash **
Lomé Grand Marchè (The big market) is a colossal market place in the downtown of Lomé, near the Cathedral. The market consists some streets and a three storeys block. The locals divide the market in three sections, Atipoji, Asigame and Assivito. The majority of the sellers are women.
What to buy: There are a lot street sellers in the the big marked who sell all kinds of food and groceries, clothes, crafts, sunglases, wallets, watches, laserpens and toys. Most of the things are copies.
There are some small side streets with a lot of stalls in the Grand Marchè (the big market) where you can shop local crafts.
What to buy: Local crafts, tribal African jewelry like necklase, bracelets and pendants are beautiful and cheap to buy. Some of them are handcrafted from animal bone. Other stalls have handmade masks, African sculptures and statues handcrafted from wood.
What to pay: Remember to bargain, and the price will be very cheap.
Villiage Artisanal has various stalls selling all manner of art and crafts. You can observe the artists at work here, and buy their finished products. It's all very low hassle, which is a relief. This is the perfect place for nice souvenirs for the folks back home.
What to buy: Great selection, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, pottery, jewelry and more.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable, and vendors may come down on the price if you buy in quantity.
The Grand Marche is a typical African market where you can buy just about anything. If you can't find what you are looking for, just ask one of the kids...for a small tip they will take you where your item is sold.
What to buy: It's most enjoyable to browse at random.
What to pay: Depends on your bargaining skills!
The Grand Market is next to the Catholic Cathedral, and it is a very big big busy market, where you can probably buy anything.
There is a section selling tourist souvenirs, where the sellers are quite pushy about asking you to look at their shops. I didn't go in as I had spent all my readies in Benin but from what I saw I think the quality of the carved masks looked very good.
The fabrics section was the nicest to look at. The fabric stalls are run by women and are arranged floor to ceiling with the most wonderful brightly coloured fabrics in hundreds of patterns. You can buy the lovely Kente cloth here that is woven in neighbouring Ghana and is unique to the Ashanti people.
As well as the traditional goods you can buy men and women's clothes, household goods, cosmetics and pretty much anything else you can think of.
The market is sensibly organised by produce so if you are looking for men's clothes you will find them all in the same area.
There are Chinese motorcycles shops everywhere in Lome.
What to buy: A Chinese motorcycle is a bargain compared with other Japanese brands.