You need plenty of energy and a safe place to hide your purse for a Dakar market tour. Marché Sandaga in the centre is the largest market, with rickety stalls that claim most of the area around Ave Pompidou. Marché des HLM is stacked with dazzling African fabrics. Marché Tilène is chock-full of fruits, vegetables and tiny tailor shops. The Village Artisanal Soumbédioune is the most popular place for buying souvenirs such as wood carvings, metal work and batiks. Also in the town centre, the historical, covered Marché Kermel includes both souvenir and food stalls.