Sandaga Market

Sandaga Market, Dakar: Address, Sandaga Market Reviews: 3/5

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14 reviews
Very good

Kate K
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Expensive poor quality
Oct 2019 • Friends
I went to this market on a Saturday when it was supposed to be at it's busiest. There's a variety of merchandise ranging from clothing to food. The prices are way too steep once they notice you're a foreigner. The quality of clothing is wanting, poorly finished and low quality fabric. I would not shop here again if not to bring something home from a foreign country and for the experience.
Written November 18, 2019
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New York City, NY37 contributions
If You Want it, It's Here! 10 Helpful Hints to Get It...
Dec 2017
This market has EVERYTHING you could every want to purchase in Senegal: basic t-shirts, batiks, clothing, tailors making clothes on site, one of a kind items that you didn't even know you wanted!

The prices are right and you can always negotiate. The Senegalese think tourists who don't bargain are crazy.

Please understand, this place is packed to the rafters with merchants and merchandise. PACKED! It's like no place you've ever seen and can be overwhelming if you don't go in prepared:

1. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
2. Do not take a large bag, backpack, or purse because space is limited and it'll be in the way.
3. People will call after you, and may even follow you, to encourage a visit to their stall. These are true merchants and merchants "hawk" their wares.
4. If possible, go with a local who can negotiate for you.
5. Have your calculator so you can convert the currency. Even if you can't communicate, everyone can read the numbers on the screen.
6. Never pay the asking price, always negotiate. Always!
7. Take your time. There are hundreds of stalls and merchants here. Many have similar merchandise, but all have unique items. Venture to the upper floors where it's a little less (very little) chaotic.
8. Go with smaller bills: $500, $1000 and $2000 CFA.
9. Do not shop at the stalls that sell imported, inferior goods from China. These stalls are generally selling non-traditional items that you can already get from your local dollar store, and are easily identifiable. NOTE: these stalls have also knocked off traditional African fabric. The quality is inferior, in some instances it will even be stamped made in China. Beware!
10. Go with an open mind and patience because this place is not like your local mall.

Know before you go!
Written January 6, 2018
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Son O
108 contributions
Worth visiting for brave ones
Feb 2017 • Friends
Must see to feel the local vibe and culture, however be prepared to be harassed, asked, begged... When buying be prepared to haggle the price otherwise you will overpay!
Good to go with locals to do the shopping for you!
Written February 13, 2017
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Jeannine W
15 contributions
Not for the African Market Novice
Aug 2015 • Couples
If you go to Sandaga, I recommend going with a local to get the best prices. Aggressive sellers. Be prepared to be followed as part of negotiations. Beware of people coming up to you steering you to a particular shop. These people are tough to shake. Try not to engage them and keep moving and you're fine. It can be difficult to really look at the wares as you will find yourself surrounded by vendors holding pants, jewelry, statues, etc. But there are deals to be had. I bought great fabric there as well as a man's shirt and a printer! You can find pretty much everything at Sandaga. There are several stores with fixed prices run by Lebanese merchants. Touts can't follow you in there so the shopping experience is more pleasant so that's an option. I found the prices at these stores to be reasonable. Lots of vendors sell the same things so if you can't get the price you want, try again at a stall a few yards away.

People don't like their picture taken here. Don't let a tout guide you into the back of a store. You don't know who or what is back there. Be safe!
Written January 26, 2016
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Jonathan M
Bologna, Italia186 contributions
Crowdy and nothing special
Too crowdy and nothing special if you have already visited other senegalese cities.

If you are Toubab, (western people in wolof) get ready to pay the double or triple price.

If you are a woman is easier to discuss prices with the sellers.
Written January 20, 2015
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Brussels, Belgium104 contributions
Typical African market
Oct 2013 • Solo
Here you can buy everything you need, from food to clothing and from livestock to smartphones.
Be very careful over here, because there or always people with bad intentions such as scammers and thieves.
Go early in the morning when all the fruits, vegetables and meat are cool and fresh.
Written March 18, 2014
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