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All shops look the same

All shops look the same, all prices are high but it's their joy to negociate a new one. There is a... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
Sao Paulo, SP
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This is the most popular spot to find local arts and crafts. You need a local with you to... read more

Reviewed April 27, 2018
Ron C
Gainesville, Georgia
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Boulevard Saint Michel, Cotonou, Benin
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Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

All shops look the same, all prices are high but it's their joy to negociate a new one. There is a lot of nice and beautifull items.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed April 27, 2018

This is the most popular spot to find local arts and crafts. You need a local with you to negotiate prices. Never accept the opening price.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ron C
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

The stall holders are predictably and pleasantly persistent in welcoming you and trying to tempt you into their shop. The artisanal works on offer range from paintings to masks to trinkets. The quality varies but it is a relatively calm and spacious environment in which...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank 249stuartj
Reviewed September 15, 2017

Charming collection of stalls and small shops selling souvenirs, clothing and art. The shop owners are easy-going and willing to bargain over a price. Most of the owners are multi-lingual and eager to make a sale. As a veteran of much larger souvenir markets such...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank vernonb689
Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

The same 'tipical' artisanal objets d'art as found in other westafrican towns and cities. Everyone wants to get you into your shop and you keep trying to walk away. Of course we ended up buying stuff anyway, so if you still need a souvenir and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Patrick E
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

Very good place to buy souvenirs from Benin...just be careful, if you are white, they will charge you double...its better to visit with somebody local !!! I bought a lot of stuff for my family and friends!!!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Rimma L
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

I always visit artisanal centre when in Benin. They used to have a nice restaurant there, but it is closed now. Most of the sellers speak English - and can be little pushy at the time, but hey, that's their style of selling. You can...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Denisa P
Reviewed March 1, 2017

An interesting variety of crafts and gifts. Mostly locally made. They can be really pushy, but appreciate you bargaining. There's a bar at the entrance with a lovely garden.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank nineyrolfr
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

If just visiting Cotonou and have some free time this market is worthy of a hour or two of your time. Many of the shops have the same merchandise, but there are a couple that have unique handcrafted items of good quality. This is definitely...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank AtravelerAD
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

After leaving the rowdy Marché Dantokpa, I went to the Artisanal Centre. I collect fridge magnets and was hoping to find at reasonable prices, as these are like the cheapest souvenirs in the world. I found the magnets rather expensive, the paintings were also expensive....More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Sandra N
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