Once a tiny settlement in the south of the Cap Vert peninsula, Dakar now spreads almost across its entire triangle, and keeps growing. This is a city of contrasts, where horse-cart drivers chug over swish highways and gleaming SUVs squeeze through tiny sand roads, where elegant ladies dig skinny heels into dusty walkways and suit-clad businessmen kneel down for prayer in the middle of the street. A fascinating place – once you've learned how to beat its scamsters, hustlers and traders at their own game.
Best places to stay in Dakar
West Africa travel guide
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Village des Arts
An arts tour around Dakar is simply not complete with a visit to this famous art complex, where more some of Senegal's most promising and established photographers, painters and sculptors create, shape and display their works in a large garden space.
West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech
From the M/S Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do.
Waltz through Le Cozy's heavy wooden doors and you're instantly swept off the market streets into a temple of refined cuisine. Presentation and service are as perfect as the swanky restaurant and bar spaces and in the evening, the space transforms into a smart lounge bar, serving delicious cocktails.
Cabane des Pêcheurs
Dakar's best fish restaurant serves you absolutely fresh treats, such as amberjack and dolphinfish, that you'll find hardly anywhere else in the city.
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Best places to stay in Senegal
West Africa - Senegal (Chapter)
In Dakar, elegance meets chaos, while the country's beaches tap to slow, lazy beats; whether you want to mingle with the trendsetters of urban Africa or be alone with your thoughts and nature, you'll find your place in Senegal.
Musée Théodore Monod
The Musée Théodore Monod is one of the best museums in West Africa. The museum is a testimony to African art and culture with over 9000 objects on display.
Freetown to Dakar
Discover rarely-visited gems on this West Africa overland trip from Freetown to Dakar. Very much off-the-beaten-track, this is a fairly physically demanding tour that involves a lot of camping, hiking and trekking – though the bulk of it is undertaken in a comfortable overland truck.
Marché des HLM
The fabulous Marché des HLM is the best place to buy African fabrics. Hundreds of rolls of wax-dyed bazin (dyed fabrics beaten to a shine with wooden clubs), vibrant prints, embroidered cloth, lace and silk lend colour to the ramshackle stalls and dusty streets of this popular quartier .
Dakar to Freetown
Discover rarely visited gems on this West Africa overland trip from Dakar to Freetown. Very much off the beaten track, this is a fairly physically demanding tour that involves a lot of camping, hiking and trekking – though the bulk of it is undertaken in a comfortable overland truck.