Hub Mall Karen. PHOTO/FILE
Shopping mall investors in Kenya are increasingly building show-stopping malls in Nairobi and other major towns in the country as they seek to meet the rising demand for space by retailers.
Riding on the allure of the ‘all under one roof’ concept that presents variety and convenience, shopping malls feature the best local and foreign brands charming their way into the hearts of the growing middle class known for its ever-increasing appetite for sophisticated lifestyle trends.
Below is a collection of some of the top shopping malls in Kenya:
Two Rivers Mall
Two Rivers Mall. PHOTO/FILE
An architectural marvel located on Limuru Road, Two Rivers Mall is the largest shopping centre in East Africa featuring a plethora of food and beverage outlets, fashion stores, health and beauty shops, banking services, children play areas and massive grade A office space.
It is in close proximity to the affluent neighbourhoods of Muthaiga, Gigiri, Nyari and Runda offering the residents of these areas an excellent shopping experience with high-end local and international brands such as Turkish clothing line LC Waikiki, French retailer Carrefour and Burger King among many others.
Garden City Mall
A section of Garden City Mall in Nairobi. PHOTO/FILE
Located on Thika Road, Garden City is the second largest shopping complex in East Africa after Two Rivers Mall.
It is the first of its kind in the country to incorporate shopping, residential and office space into one joint development ingeniously blending work, home and leisure activities.
Boasting over 120 local and international luxury brands outlets as well as a 3-acre recreational park, Garden City Mall is the destination of choice for families seeking an exceptional experience in shopping, dining and entertainment on Nairobi-Thika Highway.
The Hub Karen
The Hub Karen was built at a cost of Sh4 billion. PHOTO/FILE
Set in the heart of the affluent Karen estate, one of Nairobi’s leafy suburbs, The Hub Karen Mall is arguably one of the most stylishly designed shopping malls in Kenya.
With over 85 retail stores, the mall ensures that all your fine dining, entertainment, fashion and grocery shopping needs are met under a single roof.
The Hub Karen Mall is a superb place to visit with family, guaranteed to keep kids occupied and excited in the indoors amusement park while parents shop.
The Junction Mall. PHOTO/COURTESY
Located at the junction of Ngong Road, Naivasha Road and King’ara Road in Nairobi, the junction has been operating for the past 11 years. The mall, owned by Actis, hosts over 100 local and international brands.
A section of Village Market on Limuru Road, Nairobi. PHOTO/FILE
The iconic Village Market is one of the oldest shopping malls in Nairobi. Located on Limuru Road, it accommodates 150 outlets on three levels, an outdoor food court and a health and fitness centre.
Village Market, which is adjacent to the Tribe Hotel, offers a recreational and shopping experience within the hot diplomatic zone of Gigiri.
Sarit Centre promotes itself as “a City within a City”. PHOTO/FILE
Opened in 1983, Sarit Centre is easily the oldest shopping mall in Kenya. The mall is located in Nairobi’s Westlands and it offers a 300-seater cinema, food courts and a roomy exhibition space. Sarit Centre reportedly handles 25,000 visitors a day.
Westgate Shopping Mall. PHOTO/COURTESY
Also located in Westlands, Westgate Shopping Mall is a five-storey mall that houses over 90 stores.
The facility, which opened in 2007, was the scene of the horrific September 21, 2013 terrorist attack that left 68 people dead and hundreds injured.
The mall was extensively damaged – forcing the owners to close it down for repair. It re-opened on July 18, 2015, with about 90 per cent of its tenants retaining their leases.
Galleria Shopping Mall. PHOTO/COURTESY
Located at the junction of Lang’ata and Magadi Road in Nairobi, Galleria Shopping Mall is a vibrant retail destination guaranteed to leave you spoilt for choice.
The mall comprises three floors of shopping, dining, entertainment and other lifestyle services with 70 outlets of prominent brands such as Carrefour, Java, Brewbistro, KFC, Mr Price, Woolworths and among others.
The shopping mall offers the residents of Nairobi West, South B, Ngong, Langata and Karen a gratifying shopping experience.
Thika Road Mall
TRM is one of the several malls that have been built along Thika Road. PHOTO/FILE
Popularly known as TRM, Thika Road Mall is among the largest shopping malls in Nairobi. The mall is located at Roysambu off exit 8 on Thika Super Highway.
TRM houses over 100 renowned brands including eateries, fashion stores, entertainment spots and banking facilities.
The mall is a favorite spot for the middle class residents of Roysambu, Zimmerman and Kasarani.
Besides housing top brands such as Carrefour, Sir Henry’s, Burgerking and Java House, TRM prides itself in being home to the first 7D theatre in Kenya.
City Mall Nyali
City Mall Nyali. PHOTO/COURTESY
Offering the best shopping experience in the second largest city in the country, City Mall is located 20 minutes along the Mombasa-Malindi highway in the upmarket Nyali neighbourhood.
The mall comprises over 70 stores and is home to a myriad of high-end local and international brands including Shoprite, Cafesserie, Domino Pizza, City Walk and Woolworths among others.
In addition, all major banks have a banking hall and/or ATM lobbies in the mall.
Buffalo Mall opened its doors to the public on January 30, 2015. PHOTO/FILE
This ultra-modern shopping complex is the first of its kind in the tourist-popular Naivasha town.
Buffalo Mall is strategically located adjacent to the Nairobi-Nakuru highway making it the ideal spot to shop or grab a bite for those who take a weekend break in the lakeside town as well as those travelling to or from upcountry.
Its location in a tranquil countryside setting, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, offers a stress free shopping experience with Tuskys, Java House and City Walk being the top attractions.
Westside Mall. PHOTO/COURTESY
Nakuru town has its fair share in the countrywide mall craze, with Westside Mall being the largest shopping mall in the region.
As the name suggests, it is located in the western part of Nakuru town at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
Westside Mall hosts several high-end brands offering a wide variety of goods and services including Java House, KFC, Nakumatt, Vivo Activewear, Imperial Bank and Prime Bank.
Rupas Mall in Eldoret town. PHOTO/FILE
The twin tower shopping mall located on Uganda Road in Eldoret is the first of its kind in the North Rift region.
The contemporary all-under-one-roof commercial center is a game changer in the region having introduced brands such as KFC, Java House, Woolworths, City Walk, Chandarana Foodplus, Vivo Activewear, Zaika Lounge among many others.
Rupa’s Mall is placed away from the hustle and bustle of the central business district, making it easily accessible with ample parking space and play area for children.
The West End Mall
West End Mall. PHOTO/FILE
Designed to be every shopper’s destination in Kisumu, the tastefully designed West End Mall situated at the corner of Achieng Oneko Road and Got Huma Road has revolutionised the shopping experience in the lakeside city.
West End Mall introduced top brands such as Woolworths, City Walk, Creambell, Java House and opulent store in Kisumu.
The mall is located next to Acacia Premier Hotel, an epitome of class in the region’s hospitality sector complete with a rooftop restaurant that gives a perfect view of the Kisumu sunset.
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