Mbayani market is located in Blantyre not far from Chirimba Market. It serves the surrounding communities of Nyambadwe and Chemusa and is well known for it’s offering of cheap products ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables to secondhand clothes.
Mbayani market is one of the popular markets in Blantyre and can get very congested, especially in the evening.
You can travel to Mbayani market by minibus, taxi, or your own car.
To get to the market by minibus from Blantyre CBD, you need to catch a bus from Kandodo bus stop in Blantyre heading to Chileka via M1 road and get off at Mbayani market bus stop which is very close to the market
It takes approximately 5 minutes to get there and then it’s only a minute’s walk down to the market. You should expect to pay K400 for a return minibus fare.
If you decide to use a taxi, it should take you about 2 minutes to get there and you should expect to pay K2,000 for a return taxi fare.
Unfortunately, there is no parking area, so if you decide to use your own car you can park your car anywhere at the market your risk.
Tomatoes and Onions: Mbayani market is where you can find cheap and good quality tomatoes and onions .
Vegetables: The market has an offering of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, sold at exceptionally cheap prices.
Clothes: Mbayani has numerous secondhand clothes traders who have the cheapest prices of all the markets in Blantyre.
Fish: You can also buy fresh and dried fish
Mill: There is one unnamed maize mill which serves people around the market
Barbershops: There are lots of barbershops at Mbayani Market. Some of them are; Kelvins Barbershop, Angoni Barbershop and Pachil Barbershop
Hair Dressing salons: There also many hair dressing salons. One of them is Faith Salon and cosmetics which offers braiding and hair relaxing services.
There are a number of shops at the market; below are a few shops and their opening times.
LSM General Dealers: They sell plastic kitchenware. They are open from Monday to Saturday 7am to 6pm
Mutheya Devoleyaka Shopping Centre: This is a grocery store. Open weekdays from 5am to 8pm
First Quality Designs: They sew and sell clothes. Open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm
Price: Everything in Mbayani Market is very cheap but still of good quality, compared to Blantyre CBD flea market. So, on price I give it a rating of 5/5.
Cleanliness: The market is not kept clean. There is a lot of litter which could be a health hazard and cause infectious diseases. For this I rate it 0/5 on cleanliness.
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