Benin shopping

Arts & Crafts in Cotonou

Centre de Promotion de l'Artisanat

Here you'll find woodcarvings, bronzes, batiks, leather goods, jewellery and appliqué banners.
Books in Cotonou

Librairie Notre-Dame

This bookshop is next to the cathedral, and has an excellent selection of books on Benin (in French) and maps of Cotonou and Benin.
Books in Cotonou


A smart bookshop which stocks the latest periodicals, maps and some photography books on West Africa.
Clothing in Cotonou


For quality Dutch wax fabric, head to Woodin, where demi-pièces (6m of material) start at CFA17,000.