Owino Market (St Balikudembe) – Kampala, Uganda
Undeniably the sights and sounds of the energetic and enthusiastic salespersons with everyone interested in your winning attention in sweet praising chants, respective titles called, spread all over the market from the entrance positioning themselves to presume that they know what you have come for are rewarding and this makes Owino market one of the largest open markets in Africa and largest in Uganda that was opened in 1971 under the management of Kampala city council the same government body that was transformed to Kampala city council authority.
Owino market sits on 7.04 hectares that is always not more than enough compared to overlapping crowds that always flock to this market for shopping. Owino market receives shoppers in hundreds of thousands that increase more in weekends and public holidays. Despite the big crowds of visitors or shoppers, the traders are also bursting in numbers that up to date keeps shooting up prompting them to occupy the next vacant lands surrounding the markets illegally, the Kampala streets and so many places around the city.
This market is located in the center of Uganda’s capital city Kampala which is positioned next to several bus and taxi terminals strategic for all travelers going to any part of the country or across borders by road. Owino Market is well known for vending second-hand clothes that actually one can get the, most well-known clothing labels like ADIDAS, Gucci, and many others best sold to suit the interests of the buyers. Many entrances that also double at exits in Owino market should not worry you because many were established following the number of buyers that flock this market that is uncountable at times made the few entrances and exits that were available prior not enough but still on days like weekend, counts of people may give you a challenging time exiting or accessing inside the market.
When it comes to shopping, just be assured all your shopping list is covered at moderate prices of commodities here at Owino market. Ranging from foodstuffs, clothing’s (locally known as Muvumba), fruits, shoes, bedsheets, vegetables, restaurants, textiles, bags, and many others all appearing in different sizes, colors, and fabric thus pulling all categories of people that line up in the small paths that have been left for them to pass through and at the same time view the displayed items. The traders here have what your shopping list has and the only challenge is locating where to get it from with Simple pushes to create the way through are unavoidable but with no confrontations hence making Owino an impressive market that is worth exploring while on a visit to Uganda though it’s a little muddy after rains its flavor of the experience afterward.
Owino market is a convergence point for all types of income levels not only average Ugandans but also people from the neighboring countries flock Owino market to gather as much as they can at the least price possible and the products sold include the re-known labels including the Armani, the Gucci, Adidas, and the Calvin Klein among others are always secured at a good price and dozens of tourists to Uganda have always secured some items from the market too.
The atypical shopping lifestyle of the local Ugandans can be mostly explored at Owino market who are at the same time the majority. Make it a concern to include a visit to Owino market while on Ugandan safari because it is full of anonymous adventure.
Other markets in Uganda include;
- Kikkubo shopping zone
- Nakasero market
- Nakawa markets
- Bugolobi market
- Wandegeya market
- Mbale main market in the east
- Jinja main market is also in east
- Soroti market also in Eastern
- Gulu main market in the north
- Mpanga market in western(Fort portal)
- Rwebikoona market in the west(Mbarara)
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