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Big market

At lower end of Main Street area Big area On many levels Seems safe but watch your pockets Usual... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2017
samboDublin
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Tralee, Ireland
via mobile
a lot of ...everything

The big Central Market is arguably the most interesting and exciting place to visit in Ouagadougou... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2017
kingofpeppange
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Peppange, Luxembourg
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Reviewed January 26, 2018 via mobile

If you are in Burkina Faso and wish to purchase local craft go to LE MARCHÉ ARTISANAL. It is NOT a food market. Rather it is a closed outdoor market we’re artisans sell their products with a sponsorship from the government to help artisans develop better quality crafts. Great place to go on a Saturday to buy your souvenirs. Lots of shops. No hassle.
It is roughly 20 minutes from city center so take a taxi and plan to stay at least one hour. You can buy everything you need at your leisure: bronze, BATIK, masks, jewellery. There is a snack bar ( light food) inside. Entrance is free but note that you must keep receipts of everything you purchase and give back when you leave.

Thank Marie Helene A
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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

At lower end of Main Street area
Big area
On many levels
Seems safe but watch your pockets
Usual African stuff for sale
Nothing special
Worth a look

Thank samboDublin
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Reviewed July 3, 2017 via mobile

I was alone to visit there and felt bad. A lot of people shouted Chinois: it means Chinese !! Ni xao!! Chingchongchang!! in violently.
Mostly, shop seller standing infront of me and fallowed. Sometimes they grabbed my arm. I tried to ignore and finally made me exhausted, dissy. If you are Asian girl and alon. You will have Harassment a lot!! If you really loved African art craft, and purpose it's ok. people will take you the place what you want.

アジア人に対する暴言が激しく、おい!中国人!ニーハオ!チンチョンチャン!等と野次を飛ばされる。店につれていこうと執拗に話しかけ前に立ちふさがる。ある者は腕を掴む。
ハッキリとした目的意識があると良い。例えばアフリカン雑貨の買い付け、アフリカンな生地や楽器が好き、等。ちょっとしたお土産は店が多く選ぶのが大変なので訪れるには気合いが必要。                  

3  Thank efharistoparakalo
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

The big Central Market is arguably the most interesting and exciting place to visit in Ouagadougou !
From cloths to handycrafts and meat , you find everything you need - and also , and above all , you'll find eveything you do not need , and all you are definetely not looking for...

1  Thank kingofpeppange
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Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

The central market is vast, covering a number of buildings, streets and open air areas. If you are an obvious foreigner you are likely to be hassled a lot. Market vibe safe, and you can pretty much find anything you want. If you're up for it a good place to find souvenirs though negotiate a lot, and speak at least some French. The continuous nagging does get quite grating after a while and we encountered a lot of areas where we were told not to take photos.

Thank Matvl
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Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

I just went there to see how it looks like to be in the african markets, and it was complete upto my expectations.. Very crowded and very smelly, people can anytime grab your hand for ur attention, and you just have to say sorry to them, they sale everything, i mean everything...
A big bargain is available. If u want to buy some thing, start from 1/5th of the price.
The market is contracted and there are small small shops inside.
You have to see the local food there too.
Alot of varieties of different comodites and many more...

Thank Jagdesh K
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Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

They have beautiful hand made baskets, that caught my attention instantly, place is dirty, very dirty, and trading is difficult if you don't speak French or jula. It's pretty interesting to find all kinds of stuffs there. Fabric is relatively cheaper there too.

Thank caveconsult
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Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

Not many tourists visit Burkina Faso, that is probably the reason that a visit to the Grand marché is not a very pleasant experience. Be ready for constantly being dragged from one shop to the next by people that target you as their own property. If it's local craft you are looking for go visit the artesian village, a much better choice.

Thank Yoav S
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Reviewed January 31, 2015

I have to say quite a lot of the artefacts here are available in other African countries. The baskets here are a good buy with several stalls offering colourful selections. I bought two sturdy baskets which will be great for big supermarket shops. This is certainly worth visiting and you might like to get a dress made with some of the materials on Offer. There are several dressmakers actually at the market. The sandals also seemed a good buy. Don't forget to haggle!

2  Thank Reports
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Reviewed October 8, 2014

the markets of Burkina are such a vibrant explosion of colour and life, well worth a visit, the cloth that is made in Burkina, if you feel good at haggling and are capable in French or have someone who is then this is the place for you. However if you don't feel you've quite the nerve for haggling in the bustling markets, Tigoung Nonma is well worth a visit. It's a cooperative of disabled artisans and they have a tiny shop in Ouaga - the prices are fixed; the people who work there are lovely, the work is beautiful and the money goes to a good cause which is just a whole load of positives really. Well worth a look in.

1  Thank Heather A
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