The expansive Pl de l'Indépendance is the city's heart. From here, major streets lead in all directions, including Ave Léopold Senghor and Ave Pompidou, which leads west to Marché Sandaga. From here, Ave du Président Lamine Guèye goes north to Gare Routière Pompiers. The quickest route out of the centre is the coastal Rte de la Corniche-Ouest.
To the north of the city centre lie the suburbs Point E, Fann, Mermoz and Ouakam, all of which have good bars and restaurants. The airport is 19km north of the town centre, and north of there are Les Almadies, Yoff and N'Gor, with Dakar's best beaches.
The new airport, the Aéroport International Blaise Diagne, opened in late 2018 and is located 50km southeast of Dakar. It will eventually be connected to the city by a rail link.