Doing a little shopping for items you'll need during your stay, picking out a souvenir, or just touring the major markets in the busiest city, Lagos? Trust me when I say it's going to be a huge part of your travel experience. Here are 5 major markets in the state you can find just about anything.
The Balogun Market
Known for - Everything
Want to buy anything? Literally anything? from foodstuff, appliances, fabrics, clothes, shoes. . . you name it. You'll find it at the famous Balogun market. The market is not just the biggest market in Nigeria but one of the largest in West Africa. It has no particular address because it sprawls across many streets on the Island.
Alaba International Market
Known for - Household Appliances.
When it comes to sales and repair of household appliances, the Alaba market is at the forefront. An electronics market located in Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria, it is the largest electronics market in Nigeria.
Electronics and electrical experts that specialize in the repair of broken home appliances have opportunities to conduct business with electronics dealers thanks to the market and its diverse range of commercial operations.
You will find this market open every day except Sunday and public holidays. This regular economic activity and popularity have drawn new investors and electronics merchants from all across Africa, growing the market and consumer base and having a substantial impact on the economy of Lagos State.
The Computer Village
Known for - ICT Accessories (Laptops, mobile phones)
Looking for a market that deals majorly in ICT accessories? Then look no further. Located in Otigba, Ikeja, the computer village is the largest ICT accessory market in Africa. It is a perfect competition market, under the umbrella of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria.
If you need to buy or repair laptops, mobile phones, or mobile phone accessories, whether repair of software or hardware components, you will find engineers and technicians scattered in different stores in this market.
The market is a huge source of revenue for the Lagos state government with investors and ICT dealers across Africa doing business here.
Known for - Clothing Items, Weaves, Sports Accessories as well as beauty supplies.
Tejuosho is a cutting-edge market located in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria, along the Ojuelegba-Itire Road. The market, which is split into two phases (Phase I and Phase II), has about 2,383 lock-up shops in a large four-story building, along with about 1,251 K-clamp units, banking areas, 14 food court areas, eight lifts, two escalators connecting the four floors, 600 parking spaces, and basic amenities like a reliable water and electricity supply, a fire station that is equipped, two rams to help the physically challenged, and a nursery.
Known for - Foodstuff, clothes, appliances, gadgets
The open-air Ikotun market, also called Irepodun Market, is situated in Ikotun, a major city in the Alimosho local government area of Lagos State. It is one of the largest markets in Lagos and a significant contributor to the expansion of the state's economy. The market, which is particularly renowned for its price-based selling technique, has about 8,400 lock-up shops and over 10,000 traders selling goods ranging from foodstuff to clothes, appliances, gadgets, and so on.
Ikotun Market has several market unions, including those for fashion, food, and electricity. The market is run by a "Baba Oja" or an "Iya Oja."
ProTip for shopping in Lagos markets
These markets are massive and have their products selling for cheaper than you'll find them anywhere else. However, the large number of buyers and sellers has made it easy for hoodlums to loiter about to cheat and steal. So you must be on alert.
- Don't go alone
- Don't act too nice
- Be bold when negotiating
- Do not give strangers any attention
- Ensure you are connected to the internet in case you need to make transactions in popular stores.