Back-To-School Budget Shopping in Nairobi 2023 Update

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: January 23, 2023  

Schools are reopening this week. If you’re on a tight budget, consider thrift shopping for school supplies. Here’s where you can find affordable items for the kids in Nairobi.


Need lunchboxes and water bottles at an affordable price? Kamkunji has some pretty cool ones for as low as 100 bob start shopping HERE

Tsavo Road 

Need stationery supplies? Visit the stationery shops along Tsavo Road behind Odeon Cinema. Here you can get everything you need for a steal. Some items are priced 60% cheaper than those of mainstream stationery shops elsewhere in Nairobi. Start HERE


Gikomba is the biggest second hand market in the region. Situated along Landhies Road in downtown Nairobi, Gikosh as it is popularly known hosts thousands of hawkers selling everything under the sun. You can get good quality second hand backpacks, sport shoes, toys, raincoats and more for your kids. 

If you’re an early riser, visit Gikosh on a Sunday morning and you’ll get an incredible haul for  2000 bob or else. Start HERE

Toi Market

Toi Market is situated off Ngong Road behind Adams Arcade. Popular for affordable kids’ apparel, this is an ideal place to get (especially) tracksuits. Start HERE


Situated between Juja and Jogoo road right after Pumwani, Eastleigh, dubbed little Mogadishu for its significant Somali population, has a huge market dubbed Garissa Lodge. Almost everything is new here and sold at incredible wholesale prices. You can get a new set of kids underwear and socks for less than Ksh 1000. Also, you can find hair accessories for kids, and swimming costumes for really low prices. Start HERE


Get second hand books at Muthurwa Market along Kamkunji road. Dubbed the ‘Inama bookshop’ you can get encyclopedias, dictionaries, novels and a range of text books for as low as Ksh 100. Start HERE

Bus Station CBD

Situated between O.T.C and Afya Centre, here’s where you can get slightly used leather shoes for kids and scarves for incredibly low prices. Start HERE


About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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