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ARTS

Traditional masks, statuettes, beads and fabrics from all over Africa.

Bakary Camara - 34 rue Felix Faure

Galerie Antenna - 9 rue Felix Faure - 822 17 51

Galerie Nefertiti - Avenue Pompidou @ rue Mohamed V - 822 82 53

Galerie Orisha - 14 rue Mohamed V - 822 56 09

Galerie du Sahel - 88 rue Mousse Diop - 822 09 95

Marche Manding - 34 rue Felix Faure @ rue Mohamed V

Touba Galerie -16 rue Mohamed V - 821 32 04

Artists?studios

Senegalese fine arts are recognized worldwide. About 80 painters and sculptors open their studios’doors to visitors or exhibit their work in galleries.

Seydu Barry - Terrou Baye Soguy- Anse Bernard - 824 93 43

Fode Camara - rue 23 @ rue 20 - Medina - 821 23 07

Djibril Andre Diop - Ecole Immaculee Conception - Bd. Djily Mbaye - 822 55 26

Souleymane Keita - 28 Sud Foire - 827 23 74

Seyni Mbaye - rue 17 @ rue 8 - Medina - 821 24 57

Jo Ouakam - 15 rue Jules Ferry

Moussa Tine - 42 rue Victor Hugo - 821 40 79

Mamadou Wade - 66 Ave. Jean XXIII - 822 04 67

Art galleries:

Arte - 5 rue Victor Hugo - 821 95 56

Diza Design - 21 Ave. Faidherbe - 820 16 03 (paintings, furniture, objects)

Espace Wengalou - 36 rue Victor Hugo - 822 08 28 (home accessories, paintings)

Galerie Nationale d’Art Contemporain - 19 Ave. Albert Sarraut - 821 25 11

Galerie Lezard - 33 rue Wagane Diouf - 821 10 66

Galerie "Le Manège" - 3, rue Parchappe BP 4003 DAKAR - 821 08 22 - galerie@institutfr-dakar.org  - Gallery for contemporary artistic creation in Senegal

Guy Gi - 17 rue Jules Ferry

You will also enjoy the galleries and artists?studios on Goree Island.

CAFES

From cybercafes with Senegalese dishes to Parisian-style terraces, Dakar offers a wide selection of laid-back, picturesque establishments.

Cybercafes:

Le Blue Moon - rue Victor Hugo @ rue Mohamed V

Metissacana - 24 hours a day - includes restaurant under a large nomade tent and live music - 30 rue de Thiong

Parisian-style:

Le Paris - Avenue Pompidou

Le Ponty - 13 Avenue Pompidou

Le Rond-point - Place de l’Independance @ Avenue Albert Sarraut

Bars:

Le Soninke - Hotel Miramar - 25 rue Felix Faure

Le Ganale - Hotel Ganale - rue Assane Ndoye

L'Imperial - Avenue Roume -

Le Lagon 1 - Corniche est -

Coffee shops:

Gentina - Avenue Albert Sarraut

L.G.M. - Avenue Pompidou

La Palmeraie - 20 Ave. Pompidou

CRAFTS

Intricate hand-woven fabrics, precious gold and silver jewelry, unique glass and sand painting, traditional basketry, leather work and pottery, wood carving, batik are a few of the wonderful crafts available in Dakar.

All crafts:

Soumbedioune craft village: by the ocean, on the Corniche Ouest, a 10-minute taxi drive from all major hotels. Open every day. 821 79 08.

Hand-woven fabrics and accessories:

Acoma - Caritas - Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop, km 2 - 822 37 60

Atiss - 12 rue Huart - 822 00 49

Score supermarket - Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop

Sand painting:

Black, ocher, red, white, gray sands from every region of Senegal are used to create original paintings.

Decasa - 65 Avenue Blaise Diagne - 822 93 77

Souwers (glass painting):

The technique of reverse painting on glass came to Senegal from the Orient in the 19th century. Of purely Islamic inspiration in the beginning , the "Souwer" gradually incorporated scenes of daily life and portraits of Senegalese heroes. They now offer a diversity of themes. The paintings can be bought anywhere on the street, but if you want to see an artist actually painting in reverse, you can go to "La Cour des Maures" , 69 Avenue Emile Badiane where a painter has an open-air studio.

Jewelers:

Exquisite and inexpensive jewelry in 18 kt gold or silver.

Djibril Gueye - 12 rue Mohamed V - 821 87 94

Dakar Bijou - 23 rue Mohamed V

La Cour des Maures ( Mauritanian style silver) -

69 Avenue Emile Badiane

FESTIVALS

Arts du Sous-verre - traditional and contemporary glass painting- yearly at the end of January

Dak’art - Painting, sculpture, interior design from all over Africa - Every other year (1998, 2000, ...), the second week of May

Le Printemps des Cordes - African Festival of traditional string instruments - Every year in May at the French Cultural Center.

Recidak - African film festival. Yearly at the end of June

Saint Louis Jazz Festival - Every year in late May or June

FOOD

Dakar offers a wide variety of excellent restaurants. Here is a sample:

Senegalese/African

Keur Ndeye - rue Vincens @ Sandiniery -8 21 49 73 (Senegalese)

Chez Loutcha (the most varied menu in Dakar: cuisine from all over the world) - 101 rue Mousse Diop - 821 03 02

Yeelen - Avenue Bourguiba - 825 96 10 (Togo - Ivory Coast)

French:

Le Bambou - 19 rue Victor Hugo -822 06 45

La Croix du Sud - 20 Avenue Sarraut - 821 29 47

Le Dagorne - 11 rue Dagorne - 822 20 80

Seafood by the sea:

Le Lagon 1 - Corniche est - 821 53 22

Le Niani - Corniche est - 822 60 71

Le Terrou Bi - Blvd. Martin Luther King - 822 42 47

All the restaurants at the Pointe des Almadies, 15 minutes from Dakar.

International:

Le Hanoi (Vietnamese) 108 rue Joseph Gomis - 821 32 69

La Pizzeria (Italian) - 47 rue Abdou Karim Bourgi - 821 09 26

Sam Son (Chinese) 61 rue Assane Ndoye - 821 48 14

Le Trait d’Union (West Indian) - 11 rue Victor Hugo

Snacks/Fast food:

Mic Mac - Ave. Pompidou - 822 85 67

VSD Plus- 91 rue Mousse Diop- 821 09 08

NIGHT LIFE

Discos

Senegalese, West Indian and African American music is the most popular. Major hotels and casinos have discos. Hot ambiance guaranteed!

Kilimandjaro - Soumbedioune - 821 53 78

King’s Club - 32 rue Victor Hugo

Play Club - Hotel Alafifa - 46 rue Jules Ferry -823 87 37

Le Sahel - Route de Ouakam - 821 21 18

Thiossane (owned by musician Youssou Ndour) - Sicap Serigne Cheikh - 824 60 46

Casinos

Le Casino du Cap Vert (restaurant, bar, disco) - Ngor - 820 09 74

Le Terrou Bi (restaurant, bar, disco, swimming pool) - Bd. Martin Luther King - 823 24 01

Music

Institut Français Leopold Sedar Senghor - Pôle culturel : music, theater, dance, cinema...

Live music, from mbalax to jazz, played by Senegalese musicians.

Le Dizzy Gillespie’s (jazz) - Hotel Meridien

GNC (mbalax) - km 1 Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop

Keur Samba (jazz) - rue Jules Ferry

Terou Baye Sogui (jazz) - 91 rue Mousse Diop

Tringa (jazz) - 29 rue Wagane Diouf

MARKETS

Not to be missed! They are unique, lively, colorful and full of treasures.

Kermel - crafts, food, flowers - Located in a huge music kiosk off Avenue Albert Sarraut.

Marche de la Gare - fabrics, beads, incense, food from Mali - at the Railway station.

Sandaga - the biggest: fresh food, crafts, clothes, shoes, cosmetics, electronics, spices, everything you can think of - at the crossroads of Avenue Pompidou and, Lamine Gueye .

Soumbedioune - see the crafts market of course, but don’t miss the nightly fish market that opens by the sea around 7:00 pm.

MUSEUMS

They are closed on Monday and every day between noon and 2:30 PM.

Maison des Esclaves - An 18th century slaves?house, with preserved cells and shackles - Goree Island - 822 28 05.

Musee d’Art africain - African art - 1 Place Soweto - 821 40 15

Musee historique - History of Senegal from prehistoric times. Located in an old fort - Goree Island - 822 20 03

Musee de la Mer - everything concerning the sea, fishes and fishing. Located in a beautiful 19th century house - Goree Island -8 21 50 66.

Musee de la Femme Henriette Bathily - All about Senegalese women - Goree Island .

SPORTS

Biking - bikes can be rented at Bomthi Sports - 73 Ave. Peytavin - 822 55 67 and on the Corniche ouest, near Assane Diouf Stadium

Deep Sea Fishing - Air Afrique Fishing Center - Embarcadere de Goree - 821 28 28

Golf

Meridien President Hotel (9 holes) - Almadies - 820 15 15

Camberene (9 holes) 20 minutes from Dakar - 934 09 51

Jogging - Corniche ouest, near the University : fitness circuit, weights and gym on the beach around 6:30 PM

Scuba diving - Club Oceanium - Route de la Petite Corniche est - 822 24 41

Tennis - At major hotels: Meridien President, Ngor, Novotel, Savana, Teranga

Wrestling - a traditional sport very much liked by the Senegalese, with displays of amulets, drumming, dancing, wonderful pageantry and good humor. On Sundays around 4PM at Iba Mar Diop Stadium, Ave. Blaise Diagne ("lutte avec frappe" which combines wrestling and boxing) and Emile Badiane Stadium in Fass ("Lutte sans frappe", pure wrestling).

PROMENADES

From Cap Manuel, a cliff at the extreme south of Dakar, you will discover a superb view of the ocean and Goree Island. Walking down the road, you can see the continent -- Dakar is located on a peninsula -- as far south as Toubab Dialao. You pass impressive houses nestled in luxuriant gardens and on the seaside, old forts built in the cliffs. Stairs go down to the water from where you can look up at the black and red cliffs. In a creek, fishermen have their dugout canoes ready for an evening fishing outing. A huge baobab tree stands in the middle of a street, hundreds of sparrowhawks fly over the cliffs and the ocean. For a total change of pace, the promenade can continue to the busy harbor.

A stroll along the western "corniche" (cliff) from Soumbedioune to Fann Residence will take you pass the Medina, the most authentic and "African" neighborhood; to the Supreme Court; the University and the beautiful Fann area, where Ambassadors and wealthy Senegalese live.

An inexpensive and picturesque way to get to know Dakar is to hop aboard "Le Petit Train Blanc" (The Little White Train) for a 90 minute ride through town. Reservations at the Teranga hotel or Soumbedioune Craft Market (823 61 71).

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