Shopping in Senegal

  • Shopping in Dakar

    Marché Kermel

    The covered Marché Kermel, behind Ave Sarraut and within walking distance of Marché Sandaga, sells a mixture of foodstuffs and souvenirs. It's mainly worth visiting for the beautiful building that shelters its busy stalls. The original 1860 construction burnt down in 1994, but the 1997 reconstruction has been closely modelled on the building's initial structure and decoration.

  • Shopping in Dakar

    Marché des HLM

    The fabulous Marché des HLM is the best place to buy African fabrics. Hundreds of rolls of wax-dyed bazin cloth, vibrant prints, embroidered cloth, lace and silk lend colour to the ramshackle stalls and dusty streets of this popular quartier. You can get matching shoes, bags and jewellery at the same place, and even have your new ensemble sewn here.

  • Shopping in Dakar

    Marché Sandaga

    In the endless sprawl of street stalls here you can buy just about anything (as long as no one steals your purse): you'll find tapestries, wood carvings, wildly patterned clothing, beaded jewellery and original paintings, among many other things.

  • Shopping in Dakar

    Village Artisanal Soumbédioune

    Although it lacks the energy of other markets, this is a good place to browse for souvenirs of all kinds, including wooden masks, paintings, jewellery, batik prints and more.

  • Shopping in Casamance

    Case Artisanale Villageoise d'Oussouye

    Near the centre of the village, this welcoming place sells a small selection of locally made crafts, including dolls, paintings, pottery (made in Edioungou) and a few drums

  • Shopping in Dakar

    Cocktail du Sénégal

    The spacious Cocktail du Sénégal has a good selection of clothes, both for children and adults, along with a great variety of original gifts, souvenirs and jewellery.

  • Shopping in Dakar

    Marché Tilène

    For a slice of local life, put on your best 'don't mess with me' face and head over to this buzzing market, which sprawls for several blocks off Ave Blaise Diagne. There aren't many handicrafts here, but Marché Tilène is famed for its clothing and fabric stalls, plus crafty tailors who can assemble an ensemble if you have a few days to wait. There are also many fruit and vegetable stalls, plus household goods and other sundries.

  • Shopping in Dakar

    Librairie 4 Vents Books

    Handy bookstore in the Plateau with a small selection of titles in English.