Dakar has a thriving market scene; you can find arts and crafts, antiques, textiles, food and much more from all over Africa. It’s particularly well known as a mecca for textiles, with a huge variety to choose from.
There are markets that specialise (such as HLM for fabrics, Soumbedioune for crafts, Cour des Orfèvres for jewellery) and markets that sell everything (Sandaga, Colobane). Year round markets, and seasonal markets such as the DWG Christmas Fair and La Braderie at Place du Souvenir.
This year as a Christmas present, I thought I’d put together a ‘goodie bag’ of some of my recent finds.
Here’s what’s inside:
My best find were these small leather coin purses from one of the stalls by the Monument de la Renaissance. (Cheikh’s stall to be precise, in the middle with the orange tarpaulin over it).
And not exactly a market find, but I thought this tropical jam gift set from local company Zena were great.
The flavours are unusual (Baobab, Tamarind, Cashew etc.) and the jams are sample sized, so your lucky recipient gets to try all the flavours. They also do a range of chillies and savoury sauces, and are available in most supermarkets in Dakar.
Other ideas of what you could include: wax fabric, peanuts/cashew nuts, and dried Bissap flowers for making tea.
What would be your must haves for a Dakar Christmas goodie bag?
Lou Bess? takes place this Saturday 5th December from 9-15h along the Corniche des Almadies. La Braderie is on Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th December from 10-19h at Place du Souvenir.