The Village Market is East Africa’s largest Shopping, Recreation and Entertainment destination. The complex is home to over 150 outlets covering 210,000 square feet of retail space, 20,000 square feet of office space in addition to a recreation facility hosting a 12-lane bowling alley, Nu-Metro Cinema hall, 9 hi-tide waterslides among many other facilities. The mall essentially provides residents of the area with high-end shopping and entertainment, satisfying a niche that was not previously explored.
As the name suggests, the complex embodies the spirit of the African market in an open-air setting. To live up to its African theme, are waterfalls, rivers and over 2000 exotic plants and gardens, giving this magnificent shopping centre an edge over other shopping malls. Since its inception 14 years ago, The Village Market has revolutionized shopping while redefining recreation and entertainment. Over the years, the centre has successfully been able to blend modernity and culture to provide an aura of modern shopping.
This innovation has not gone unnoticed. Due to its remarkable architectural design, The Village Market has earned numerous accolades including the coveted International Council of Shopping Centres’ Design Award. The Village Market is a preferred filming destination with numerous movies and TV shows shot in the complex.
It has also received coverage by a host of national and local broadcast and print media outlets. The Village Market has been the focus of documentaries on business, recreation and entertainment features. By hosting more than 300 events and activities each year, the complex has become a place artists can exhibit their talent and meet their fans; companies can launch and re-launch their products and visitors can enjoy international events and holidays such as Halloween. The annual Halloween party attracts over 6,000 people.
In addition to its accolades, The Village Market continues to be increasingly popular with vibrant shoppers and eager tourists. Just as every visitor to Paris yearns to see the Eiffel Tower, a trip to Kenya is not complete until one has visited The Village Market. The Village Market attracts thousands of international tourists every year due to its architectural ingenuity as well as the unique African artifacts often on display by local traders and artists.
Inspired by the need to preserve cultural roots while harnessing aspects of contemporary lifestyles, The Village Market settled on a ‘village theme.’
This is characterized by the African spirit of togetherness, sharing and communal life – the seams that held ancient African society together. Likewise, The Village Market is reflective of these salient cultural features.
Open every day from 8am to 11pm, though timings of individual shops and services may vary.