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“Kill the Elephants!!!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Lekki Market

Lekki Market
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Lagos
Type: Flea/ Street Markets
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Lagos, Nigeria
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Kill the Elephants!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lekki Market is a great place to support the slaughter of elephants. You will see several Lebanese and Chinese people purchasing ivory to be smuggle through the very dishonest customs agents at the airport. There are many other things to purchase, but mostly tourist crafts for a place not for tourists. I have worked in Lagos for 4 years. I would not recommend it for any tourism. Lekki is a place to get cheap (cost & quality) souvenirs for family if you have a financial reason to be in Lagos or exploit elephant poaching. Those who come to Lagos for tourism should fire their travel agent. There are many safer places in Africa, which can give a much richer experience.

Visited November 2013
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Lagos, Nigeria
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38 attraction reviews
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“Lekki Market - A must while in Lagos.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Though we have been in Lagos for nearly two years, never had the opportunity to visit Lekki Market, which is in Victoria Islands, a posh Lagos neighborhood. It is indeed what we had heard about..a place for all types of pearls, garnet etc., and you can see many foreigners flocking in for shopping. This apart, one can get good wooden artifacts which are worth carrying back home as souvenirs. The market by itself is not posh and is situated in decrepit buildings, which houses tiny but well stocked shops. Bargaining is a must, but fortunately shopkeepers do not pester us. That leaves you to get into a shop that interests you. What is strange (and to some extent repulsing) is you can see full leopard skin, python skin, stuffed crocodiles of all sizes and ladies' vanity bags made of rare animal skins. There are a few shops exclusively for ivory items!! These are the things one can never imagine to see so openly put up for exhibition or sale in many countries. Still, Lekki Market is certainly worth a visit when one visits Lagos.

Visited October 2013
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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“Excellent souvenirs once you find it"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We bought fabulous things here. All our take home presents came from this excellent market. It was really difficult to find and we tried several turnings before our driver found the right one. The road is truly awful and if our daughter hadn't been there before we would never have recognised it.
When we first got out of the car it seemed unlikely that there would be anything to buy but having passed the kitchen stalls we came to the ivory stalls and eventually the leather goods stalls. We bought very nice handbags, wallets, belts and purses at good prices. I'm not sure whether we paid too much but everyone was very nice and we didn't feel too pressured at any time. We did pay someone to carry our bags but this didn't seem too much of an imposition.
Not sure I'd ever find it again, but if I could bear the road I'd happily return for presents.

Visited October 2013
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Lagos, Nigeria
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“great market but sad for the elephants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

great market tucked away at Lekki.
Walk through the first stalls and down to the back to find the deals. They say prices are more on the weekends but to be honest they are high every day of the week. Just be prepared to use your bargaining skils. Never pay more than half of what they ask for.
among this market you will see all sorts of animal hides which should be on a animal and not ready for a wall. Ivory was in abundance being sold to the Asian mass which flock there on weekend to buy. This is real and not plastic as some people have said.very sad to see and wish it would stop
some good chinese food products to be bought here also.
Enjoy and get yourself a great deal
Simon

Visited September 2013
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Chandigarh, Chandigarh, India
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“Shoppers paradise for African stuff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a tyipcal market lined with small shopes more than 300 selling all types of local stuff.
Approach road to the market is very bad,better to take a SUV.Carry your own water bottle .
Once you are in,you will lose track of time .Market offers wide variety of pearls,paintings,cloths,arttcles made from animal skin,ivory,wood.
Be prepared to be a tough bargainer.One can even exchange money at reasonably good rates if you run out of local currency.
Overall a nice place to spend 2-3 hrs even with the basic infrastructure the market offers.
Weekend is ideal time to visit to get a good deal.

Visited August 2013
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