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Address: Dakar, Senegal
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+229 96 20 53 20
Description:

The city's main market.

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A vibrant market

Be ready to haggle! I loved every part of it! It is hard if you are not used to it, but just be prepared. Not sure that this should be a tourist destination, but it is good to get... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
deboraflowers
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be ready to haggle! I loved every part of it! It is hard if you are not used to it, but just be prepared. Not sure that this should be a tourist destination, but it is good to get a feel for Senegalese day-to-day living.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

This is probably the worst beginner tourist destination ever. You can find pretty much anything you want to in here, but you have to haggle for it. The prices they start out with are more than what you would've paid for it in U.S. You need to do your homework and know what something is really worth before you even... More 

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Thank wdfyffe
Nairobi, Kenya
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I read up Sandaga market on Trip Advisor from others who had visited the market. For someone who hates bargaining, thinking of going to Sandaga was a real nightmare. I was in Dakar on day 3 of a 5 day workshop, so I had the advantage of talking to other workshop participants about their experiences. The strategy that got me... More 

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2 Thank jToweett
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112 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

A market to get your souvenirs, make sure you haggle with them about prices. The fabric building which is where the tailors can make your custom clothing. The textiles are expensive here compared to other places but the tailoring is a good price (10 USD a shirt)

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2 Thank TrotaAye3
Pretoria, South Africa
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

This is a big crowded, chaotic market. On the upside, you can find bout anything your looking for there. Clothes, baskets, carvings, masks...you name it, its probably there. You can get a good price too if you haggle. Keep in mind when negotiating, there is a toobab price (local price x3) and a tourist toobab price (local price x10). On... More 

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1 Thank Tom A
Dakar, Senegal
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

Sandaga is a big, bustling market, similar to many markets I have been to in West African countries, but if you are in Dakar, its a fun place to go to experience a facet of Senegalese life and culture...or to pick up some souvenirs to take home! If you are a "toubab," be prepared to get pulled in every direction... More 

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2 Thank AnneAdamson
Kigali, Rwanda
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

I've been here searching for a carjack, paintings, costumes for a 1980s costume party, and I never leave disappointed. If you're a taubab, you'll be approached when you arrived for someone to carry your things that you buy. This is worth having someone do for you as it means everyone else will leave you alone in this otherwise hectic market.

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Chicago, Illinois
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87 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

While you can find your souvenirs and traditional Senegalese clothing here, it is just another market with a whole lot of haggling to be done. If you are like me and don't mind haggling... go for it. Beware, the "guides", will try to take you into some pretty sketchy places and I would try to DIY around this market. Do... More 

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7 Thank michael B
Dakar, Senegal
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

I wouldn't make this a tourist destination. It's really just a market. For those of us who live here, there's some useful finds there but I wouldn't recommend it for tourists. Lots of thieves there.

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3 Thank dakarsunshine
Helsinki, Finland
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

The main thing people need to know with Sandaga is that guides charge a commission from shop owners - so you will pay more if there is a guide in sight. We found that one tends to 'replace' another every so often. It is very difficult to get rid of them, but I suggest simply heading in the other direction,and... More 

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