Village Artisanal de Saly
Village Artisanal de Saly
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Alastair J
Ngaparou, Senegal602 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Family
This is a good-sized crafts market in central Saly by the main roundabout with quite an array of attractive, hand-made arts and crafts stuff and African clothing.
The vendors are particularly persistent and tenacious with tourists so it is not to be recommended to new boys/girls to West Africa. You will be (verbally) accosted whether you're interested or not at every single stall you walk past, so get yourself mentally prepared before setting foot in the market.
Tips:
1.) Ideally visit with a Wolof/French-speaking Senegalese friend - if you have one.
2.) Ensure you have a good stock of low denomination CFA Franc bank-notes with you.
3.) Be patient, friendly and smile but above all be firm on what you're prepared to pay.
4.) Be prepared to take your time and haggle ruthlessly. Offer no more than a 1/4 or 1/3rd of the vendors' first asking price and don't budge from your initial price offering until the very end of negotiations (when you may increase your offer by, say, about 1'000F or 2'000F - according to the value to you of the item). You will always be able buy something at less than 40%-50% of the vendors' initial asking price.
5.) Never hesitate just walking away from a stall - if the vendor isn't approaching offering you a price you'd be willing to pay for an item.
Good luck with your visit...
Written 11 April 2014
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SantiagoO207
Nairobi, Kenya16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
'Le village Artisanal de Saly' is a craftsmarket in the heart of Saly that groups around 200 local craftmakers. It is a community project with the Saly city hall to ensure that artists and craftsmen have a place to expose their work. It is a walking distance away from the main hotels in Saly. The market offers a large variety of objects and art from Senegal, they also organise cultural activities, music and guided tours around the market for visitors. It is a safe place away from the 'bumsters' from the area.
Written 21 February 2014
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Dave J
Zuidoostbeemster, The Netherlands80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
It's a african market, but based on the tourism.. If you want to see a real african market, you have to take a taxi to Mbour or the first village along the road to Dakar.
Written 29 May 2016
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Domamschler
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Always nice to support the local people selling their articles. It is pretty much always the same but can you ever have enough sarong in your cupboard? Or baskets?
Written 12 May 2018
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jehudam2017
Vetroz, Switzerland317 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
When you choose going there , out of protected hotel ...you need tons of patience and some firm attitude towards the people that will harcel you , endless, cheating on you telling need to cash for orphelinats,coop of village etc...do not accept any invitations!!!!!
Written 31 October 2017
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thesmdm
Auckland, New Zealand1,243 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Lots in the market and typical of other markets I visited. The prices for some items seemed expensive. Wouldn't visit for a second time.
Written 22 June 2017
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tomvanmourik
Accra, Ghana7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
It is your average place to buy souvenirs, fabrics and other paraphernalia, try the tuareg jewelry it's nice even though it comes from Mali and Niger.
Written 13 October 2016
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sugarandspice2
Languedoc-Roussillon, France1,476 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
I am used to haggling & being dragged into shops but this can be an unnerving experience for most people . I suggest you go in the morning when it's quieter as in the evening it is very busy & quite a hassle . There are some shops nearby with prices marked up so you can get an idea of the true value before you start bargaining . Be firm & polite & try to keep a smile if you can as they can be very insistent & will try & block you in their shop if you fall into their trick of " bringing them luck" by entering their shop . "Guides" will also tag along & can be a nuisance if you are not firm & tell them you do not need a guide , they expect paying for their " services" after taking you into their friends shops . I have however had some great bargains from here so don't let me put you off looking around !
Written 29 January 2016
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isab10027
New York City, NY103 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
If you have the option to go there and do not buy anything just do it otherwise it is just a rip off! Locals will make you feel sorry for them and triple the price of every single items but if you walk a block away, price will drop dramatically. Think twice before buying otherwise, going to the artisanal market will be kind of unpleasant since they will ask you 10 times to buy something, ANYTHING!
Written 10 January 2016
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Mikhail K
St. Petersburg, Russia195 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
on the market very big price for souvenir, if compare with Dakar, price here Double-Trible times more. Here have a ot of national souvenir like mask, costums. Local cosutum cheap. 8 euro
Written 16 December 2015
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