The Best Markets in Abuja, Nigeria

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20 June 2018

The good thing about going to the market is that you can find almost anything you’re looking for, but it’s even better when you can find a good bargain. From food items to clothing, furniture to souvenirs, these are the best markets in Abuja, Nigeria.

Wuse Market

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This is inarguably the major and most popular market in Abuja, located in Zone 5 of Wuse district. You can find almost anything here; food, fresh vegetables, gadgets, meat, clothes, electronics, furniture and so much more. ”Aunty come buy market from me,” meaning ”Aunty come and patronize me” is a very popular statement used by sellers to lure in wandering buyers. Fun fact: this market was once a secondary school, before it was renovated into a market for Abuja residents.

Garki International Market

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The ultra-modern market located in Garki 2 district of Abuja is another popular market in Nigeria’s capital. Garki International Market is a little larger than the Wuse Market in floor area, and the prices are generally cheaper compared to Wuse Market. However this market is your best bet for confectioneries and clothing items, because things are generally cheaper than elsewhere.

Utako Ultra Modern Market

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Just like every other market in Abuja, the Utako Market creates an atmosphere where buyers and sellers can trade in virtually everything. The good thing about this market is that it is closer to farms where food items are produced, therefore easing off the cost of transportation, which could be a major factor in traders offering lower prices.

Kado Fish Market

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If you’re looking for somewhere to buy fish and other fresh produce, Kado Market – a.k.a Life Camp Market – is just the place. The market, which is known for cheap and wholesale distribution of fish and poultry products, offers a wide range of seafood for consumption, as well as feed, poultry vaccinations, fruits, vegetables, spices and lots more.

Karmo Market

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Tuesdays and Fridays are the official market days for buyers and sellers in Karmo Market. For all your thrift needs – be it clothing, shoes, bags, books, hair accessories, back to school kits and more – Karmo Market is the ideal place for you. The trading crowd and activities at Karmo result in dense traffic and can go on for hours, as Tuesdays and Fridays are the only days the market is open to get everything you need at bargain prices. However sales aren’t limited to only thrift items; you can buy food stuff at very cheap rates on trading days, too.

Maitama Farmers’ Market

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Located in the highbrow area of Abuja, the Maitama Farmers’ Market is a small but very well put together market suiting the residents of Maitama. Vegetables, groceries, fruits, wholesale drinks and other food items can be purchased here with no hassle.