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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
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.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.
From cybercafes with Senegalese dishes to Parisian-style terraces, Dakar offers a wide selection of laid-back, picturesque establishments.
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
Le Paris - Avenue Pompidou
Le Ponty - 13 Avenue Pompidou
Le Rond-point - Place de l’Independance @ Avenue Albert Sarraut
Le Soninke - Hotel Miramar - 25 rue Felix Faure
Le Ganale - Hotel Ganale - rue Assane Ndoye
L'Imperial - Avenue Roume -
Le Lagon 1 - Corniche est -
Gentina - Avenue Albert Sarraut
L.G.M. - Avenue Pompidou
La Palmeraie - 20 Ave. Pompidou
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.
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
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.
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
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
Dakar offers a wide variety of excellent restaurants. Here is a sample:
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)
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:
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.
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
Mic Mac - Ave. Pompidou - 822 85 67
VSD Plus- 91 rue Mousse Diop- 821 09 08
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
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
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
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.
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 .
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
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).
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).