Artisanal Center, Cotonou

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Peruse and purchase arts and crafts unique to Benin at Artisanal Center, where a wide array of stands and shops sell traditional handicrafts. Set in traditionally styled houses with thatched roofs and pastel walls, the center offers handmade puppets, voodoo dolls, carved wooden masks, and batiks, plus lots of trinkets. Observe artisans, painters, cobblers, and seamstresses in their workshops, where you can spend some time and listen to their stories. A visit to Artisanal Center represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cotonou online attractions planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Principal place of Cotonou for gift purchases. You will find jewelry, pretty boxes, fans, hammocks, masks and other statuettes. Cannot find these products the other in Cotonou, Dantokpa offers rather fabrics and plastic jewelry, shiny, junk. However you will be beset by sellers, don't let you walk all over. Vendors will offer you prices indecent, haggle, haggle and haggle. For example a necklace: between 2000 and 5000 en CFA, nor (except precious materials).
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  • Not surprisingly, the craft Center brings together local artisans producing the best of Benin art and elsewhere, including West African. Not too pushy sellers, price negotiable 'obviously'! Brief ideal for doing good business if you want to leave with souvenirs.
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  • Nice sellers are nice and decent price not of safety concern. Found statue, clothing, leather, even workshops and there making various things.
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  • Considering the context for rating, this is a good place to buy souvenirs and typical staff from West Africa. There are a good variety of works with different qualities. There are also one shop with high quality paintings that is worth to visit. In some areas, you are harassed by the locals, but, just keep calm and answer nicely and all is ok. It is mandatory to bargain and negotiate the price, as usual.
  • Ah I hate this place! Nothing much interesting and sellers are super heavy and sticky. The quintessential yovo trap.
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  • Very nice
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  • A very cool place to buy arts and crafts clothing items.
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  • It's a very popular place
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