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“Opportunity to Bargain”
Review of Lekki Market

Lekki Market
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Lagos
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North America
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Opportunity to Bargain”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

It has a nice selection of arts and crafts and the big one is that the merchants are not averse to bargaining. It can be fun. Got there a bit early as most shops do not open up for business until after 10 am. After making a few rounds, I finally settled on a few items including nice lounge wear, artwork and jewelry.

All in all I it was an enjoyable experience free of any aggressive tactics typical of vendors in open markets. My suggestion would be to go into the market and not be so quick to accept the prices offered by the shops especially in the front of the market. It may be beneficial to comparison shop just to ensure you are getting the best deal and not being fleeced.

Visited January 2013
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Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Shopping for good price”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

lekki market is one of the most unknown markets in Nigeria
If you are going there with a leaded group, you never can get the real prices
A group means you are a tourist.
you have to negotiate many times, and to leave the shop, if the price is to high.
BUT BE FAIR
ps. i do live here

Visited October 2012
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3 Thank Uwe W
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TriBeCa
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“Lekki Market, a great find for West African tribal art and artifacts”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I spent the afternoon exploring Lekki market and came away with several beautiful pieces and a Increased admiration for the Nigerian people. This place is a treasure trove for anyone that loves West African tribal art. Beautiful bronzes from Benin, and Cameroon, Nigerian terra cotta, wood carvings from all over West Africa, and even some spectacular old carved furniture. I could fill a container from this market in an afternoon. The articles here are the real deal, not the usual mass produced tourist stuff. The vendors are friendly, not at all aggressive, and very knowledge about their wares.

While you're in the area be sure to drop by the Nike Gallery on Elegushi Road which houses a spectacular collection of Nigerian artists including many works by the gallery owner Nike Davies.

Now if someone can just find a way to avoid taking purchases home through the cesspool of corruption that is the Lagos airport, the experience would be perfect!

Visited October 2012
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Great place for a bargain”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

I went a couple of times in June to Lekki Market and picked up quite a few bargains. All the usual toursit type stuff was there but I was particularly impressed with the range of paintings on offer.
Make sure you use one of the boys who are guides and tip them well. They are a huge help in guiding you through the maze of stalls.
I had a local friend of mine on hand who took charge of the bartering. As a previous reviewer said, when they are about to cry that is when you have beat them down enough!

Visited June 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Great craft market”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

I went to Lekki Market today with three other Americans. We had a nice time. The quality of the wood carvings was high. The sales pressure was much less than I expected. The favorite expression was "please come look, looking is free." We were able to negotiate to about 40-50% of the starting price. They may be willing to go lower, but there is a limit to how far they will drop the price.

Visited March 2012
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