The Dantokpa Market in Cotonou, Benin, one of the largest open air markets in West Africa. (Photo by: MyLoupe/UIG via Getty Images)

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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 sandals to goats, pirated DVDs to spare car parts. More traditional fare, such as batiks and Dutch wax cloth, can be found in the market building. The fetish market section is at the northern end of the larger market.