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    Around Old Taxi Park: The motto is, buy and sell

    by croisbeauty Written Sep 6, 2007

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    The huge area around Old Taxi Park is the most pitoresque part of Kampala, especially during the day-lights. There are great number of molls and small shops together with green and fruit market. Every centimeter of a ground is used for a trade, even the pavements. The whole area is overcrowded by both, people and cars, struggling for own piece of turf. It looks chaotic and crazy.

    What to buy: Here locals can buy everything they need, food, cloths or home needs. Since am in the clothing business, was in particularly interested to check for the cloths. What to say about, poor fabrics, bad styling and law quality of production, that is all I could see around.
    The next what amazed me are great number of shops selling cell phones. All this shops are held by Indians who sell second hand phones which costs a fortune. Most of the cell phones are very old types but still, the price is much too high.

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    by DAO Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    Garden City is a one-stop-shop sort of place. Protected by large dinosaurs, it offers everything from clothing stores to restaurants. It’s very easy to get here by shared taxi or motorcycle taxi and there is lots of free parking if you are driving. The massive complex includes:

    Restaurants (Ranchers, Kyoto, Food Court)
    Clothes & shoe shops
    Travel agents
    Grocery store
    Simba Casino
    Souvenir shops

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    Antiquities: So geographers, in Africa maps....

    by muguruki Written Nov 19, 2007

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    Small shop chock a block with antiques, old Africana books, jewellery, really old sepia postcards, Maps and engravings. What I find most interesting are the African banknotes from the year dot to the present day. They also stock old coins not just from Uganda or East Africa but also from all over the continent.

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    Kyaligonza: fashionable dresses at Kyalingoza

    by amyd23 Written May 29, 2012

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    My friend and I each bought two dresses at Kyaligonza on Kibuli road in Kampala. The store is run by the ladies who made the dresses, and they altered them while we waited, and we got to chat with them about men & fashion ... one of the most authentic cultural experiences in Kampala!

    What to buy: these dresses were gorgeous!

    What to pay: $50-$70 USD for a full length dress

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    Garden City: Upscale shopping

    by maharaja_joe Updated Mar 27, 2007

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    Its a shopping complex, and the last time I went, they were building a multi-storeyed parking lot. From Ipods to barbeques, Garden City is a city within a city. I went there with a friend to buy an mp3 player. We got a 1GB player (no name brand, but looked really cool) for almost USD 100. The food court serves Lebanese, Italian, Indian, and many other cuisines.

    Another upscale supermarket store is Shoprite Checkers in Lugogo, on the Jinja road.

    What to buy: Mostly upscale stuff, or things you would not find in a normal street-side store.

    What to pay: Slightly more than normal.

    Garden city, seen from the parking lot Inside Shoprite supermarket Inside Shoprite supermarket
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    Near the taxi stand: Street shops

    by maharaja_joe Updated Mar 27, 2007

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    I think its called the Owino market. This market is a maze of booths that go on and on. You can get everything from fake Sony/Sonny/Soney radios, homemade irons, and used clothes from US/Europe. This is a good place to also buy cheap arts and crafts and eat the local food. This market surrounds the taxi stand, where you can see more than a hundred matatus waiting for customers. It will take you atleast an hour to walk through the market.

    Everything is cheap to begin with, and you can bring it down by atleast 20 percent. Please take care to be respectful and cheerful when you negotiate the price. Ugandans are friendly to begin with, and will give you a good price if they like you.

    What to buy: I bought some bottle-openers at one of the crafts shop. The Ugandan bottle opener looks like a smoking pipe with a nail embedded in it, and is a cool souvenier. The crafts shops meant for tourists were charging me between USh 10000 to USh 15000 for a bottle-opener made of ebony wood.

    Being on a tight budget, I just wanted one made of normal wood. Unfortunately none of the regular grocery stores or supermarkets carried them any longer. I could find one here for USh 3000, which came down to USh 2000 after a little bit of bargaining. Its tough to pinpoint the location of the store because the whole place is a maze of shops.

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    Owino marked: Owino marked in dowtown

    by georeiser Updated Jul 30, 2010

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    Owino marked is one of the biggest markeds in Africa with a lot of items. Even if you should not buy something, it's worth visit the place.

    The marked for second hand and used clothing is famous due to its sice and the number of customers. Since most of the people in Uganda are poor they can not afford new clothes. Bargaining is the way to the business.

    What to buy: I bought 2 used jeans for 35000 UGS (16 USD).

    What to pay: Remember to bargain. Especially if you are a Mzungo (white man). The prices should be around 1/2 of the beginning price.

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    Craft market: Craffty Buggers

    by muguruki Written Jun 4, 2009

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    I think most visitors to Kampala will sometime end up at the craft market near the national theatre. A lot of the stalls are filled with tourist tat and if I do venture this way I usually only end up visiting stall 32 which is the only stall that sells Congolese masks which I am quite partial to.

    What to buy: A well as masks the last time I was at the market I was well tempted to buy what they call "matumbo" which are used in Congo to aid fertility!!! One of these would have looked great on my wall a lack of funds stopped me buying the one I wanted.

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    Owino Market: Shopping at the biggest market in Uganda

    by muguruki Written Jun 4, 2009

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    Buy some odd curios and traditional stuff from this wonderfull woman. I bought some top plant pots from her. (she does open her eyes ocaisionaly).
    I can spend hours walking around Owino looking at the second hand clothes, some of the bizzare hardware and buying the odd bag of mangoes.

    What to buy: This year before leaving I bought myself a really nice leather jacket for the equivalent of what in the UK would be £12. Top bargain!

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    Dollar House Forex Bureau Ltd: Best rates for the £

    by muguruki Updated Apr 19, 2010

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    Out of all the FOREX bureau's in Kampala the best rates this time (May 2009) were at Dollar House. The next best rates I found were at Half East and they are conveneintly next to each other at King Fahad Plaza.

    What to pay: It's worth asking if you get a better rate for changing large amounts. It has worked for me in the past.

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    FOREX: Sente, sente

    by muguruki Written May 22, 2008

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    What to buy: Jaffery Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 3703,
    Plot 68, Ben Kiwanuka Street
    Phone +256-41-347090/1
    Alt. Phone +256-77-786020
    Fax +256-41-347089
    email jaffery@imul.com

    Stanhope Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 24559,
    Plot 4A, Crown House, Kampala Road
    Phone 256-41-347297

    City Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 3841,
    Plot 22, Luwum Street, Mukwano Arcade

    Crane Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 22572,
    Plot 20 Kampala Road
    Phone 256-41-345-345
    Alt. Phone 256-41-256-511
    Fax 256-41-231-578

    Gold Trust Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 70,
    Plot 13 Kimathi Avenue
    Phone 256-41-231-784
    Alt. Phone 256-41-256-891

    Money Point Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 2235,
    Plot 35 Kampala Road
    Phone 256-41-250-418

    Speke Hotel Forex Bureau Ltd, Kampala
    P.O Box 3673,
    Plot 7/9 Shimoni Road
    Phone 256-41-259-221
    Alt. Phone 256-41-236-332

    Express Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 1946,
    Plot 40 Kampala Road
    Phone 256-41-251-539

    Metropolitan Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 8166 Kampala, Uganda,
    Plot 8/10 Entebbe Road
    Phone 256-41-232620

    Speed Bird Forex Bureau Ltd, Kampala
    P.O Box 75007,
    Phone 256-41-344-449

    Allied Bank International Forex Bureau, Jinja
    P.O Box 2095,
    Plot 1 Main Street
    Phone 256-41-121-257

    Unique Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 5900,
    Plot 9 Entebbe Road, Metropole House

    Downtown Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 2801,
    Plot 54 Kampala Road

    Lloyds Forex Bureau Ltd, Kampala
    P.O Box 6587,
    Plot 1 Entebbe Road
    Phone 256-41-343-448

    Redforex Bureau De Change, Kampala
    P.O Box 2397,
    Plot 54 Kampala Road
    Phone 256-41-250-954

    Ugamark Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 7762,
    Plot 10 Nile Avenue, Int. Conference Centre

    Afex Forex Bureau Ltd, Kampala
    P.O Box 180,
    Plot 1 Nakivubo Road

    Kristal Forex Bureau, Kampala
    P.O Box 3877,
    Plot 83/85 Kampala Road
    Phone Kampala

    Musicraft Forex Bureau Ltd, Kampala
    P.O Box 197,
    Plot 28 Kampala Road

    What to pay: Rates change from day to day but are usually printed in the local papers.

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    Nakasero Market

    by muguruki Updated May 24, 2007

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    There are some wild looking fruit for sale at Nakasero market. What I do recognise that might be worth buying that you might not find elsewhere would be vanilla and cocoa.

    There are also a few persistent young scallies hanging around trying to sell you weed, that can be the only drawback about Nakasero market.

    What to buy: Fruit, veg and grasshoppers (ssenene).

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    National Theatre: So Much it is Difficult to Decide

    by glabah Updated Nov 5, 2003

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    The National Theatre is an outdoor area of shops located in a semi-circle. There are approximately 40 of them. Each shop is a little different, owned by local people.

    Crafts are not always from Kampala, or even Uganda.

    Soapstone is almost always from Kenya.

    Malachite items almost always comes from Congo.

    What to buy: The ethnic group that is in the Kampala area is particularly well known for its drums, and in fact their drums are so well known

    What to pay: Merchants are willing to bargain. Try to see how low you can get them to go.

    Malachite Elephant purchased at National Theatre. wooden elephant carving bought at National Theatre folding tables like this found at National Theatre woven basket purchased in Kampala
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    Somewhere in Owino: A world of leather

    by muguruki Updated Feb 22, 2010

    In the depths of Owino market or as it is now called St. Balikuddembe market is a fine stall that over the last couple of years I have spent a fair bit of money.

    Last year I bought a box leather jacket black made from real heavy leather it must have originated from the States by the look of the label. It was like nearly all clothes in Owino second hand but in really good nick only a small repair to the top left pocket was needed which can also be done in the market. the jacket after some haggling cost me 40,000, in Uganda quite a bit of money but a jacket like that back in the UK would have cost a lot more than the £12 I paid.

    This February before coming home I checked the stall out again just incase. Wanting something different I picked up short brown French made leather zip jacket with very little sign of wear for 25,000. Absolute bargain!!!

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    Supermarkets: Super duper

    by muguruki Written Apr 19, 2010


    Supermarkets are not the kind of place I go to regularly while I’m in Kampala but on the odd occasion I have found things like bed bug spray which I struggled to find at some of the local shops. But always before I fly back to the UK I’ll go to a supermarket to stock up on some goodies to take home.

    If you are entering Kampala after arriving from the airport you will no doubt see Shoprite supermarket near the Clock Tower. The South African owned shop is not exactly my favourite place to shop. Far too much imported produce and not exactly the cheapest either. Uchumi and Nakumatt are two Kenyan owned supermarkets both situated just out of the centre of town in Garden city both really well stocked with goods but unfortunately I was unable to find my favourite Kenyan coffee at either last time I was in town.

    There are a couple of great supermarkets in Old Kampala that cater for the local communities of the area and are full of some really exotic Indian spices and foods.

    Capitol is my favourite Supermarket in Kampala. It is situated near Nakivubo Market. In the past I have stocked up here on Coffee, mazigo and waragi before I go home. It is also the cheapest place I have found for Marmite!!!

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