Cotonou attractions

Market in Cotonou

Grand Marché de Dantokpa

The seemingly endless Grand Marché du Dantokpa is Cotonou's throbbing heart, bordered by the lagoon and Blvd St Michel. Everything under the sun can be purchased in its labyrinthine lanes, from fish to soap, plastic…
Gallery in Cotonou

Fondation Zinsou

Named after the family that started it, this fantastic exhibition space seeks to promote contemporary African art among Beninese people through photography, paintings and sculptures. The chic boutique sells beautifu…
Church in Cotonou

Cathedral de Notre Dame

With its vibrant red and white stripes, this Catholic cathedral is not just a place of worship but also home to a small bookshop selling titles by regional writers as well as a handful of academic texts. The stripes…
Market in Cotonou

Fetish Market

This market sells anything associated with voodoo, including varieties of tree barks and dried plants (both used in traditional medicine) and stalwarts for voodoo rites, such as dried animal parts, particularly skin…
Cultural Centre in Cotonou

Centre Culturel Français

This busy cultural centre has a gallery, an outdoor theatre, a library and a cinema.
Mosque in Cotonou


This mosque's two white towers stand out in this city of low-lying structures. It's an interesting place to pause for a few moments for a spot of people-watching and to observe the coming and goings of worshippers. …
Beach in Cotonou

Fidjirossé Beach

This pretty stretch of sand is a lovely place to embrace local culture and cool off. It's a favorite spot for Beninese to retreat to with families and is lined with coconut palms and a handful of buvettes for daytim…
Church in Cotonou

Eglise St Michel

This pastel pink and green Catholic church is a simple affair, but notable for its exterior (it looks a bit like a pink gingerbread house). The interior is less interesting, but provides a cool respite from the mani…