Marche Dantokpa, Cotonou

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Explore one of largest and busiest open-air markets in West Africa at Marche Dantokpa, which plays a vital role in the nation's economy. Often described as a city within a city, the commercial center is packed with wooden stalls, huts, and umbrellas across an area of 20 hectares (50 acres). Explore the narrow, crowded streets and browse a dizzying array of goods, ranging from electronics, homemade crafts, and voodoo talismans, to exotic fruits, live animals, and spices. The heat can get exhausting, so always carry water with you. Make Marche Dantokpa a part of your Cotonou vacation plans using our Cotonou online itinerary planner .
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  • International market it is very well animated and it has a diversity of products to take your breath away. We have many people to experience once in Benin
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  • Of course the Yovo is constantly challenged, otherwise no harassment or dishonesty, the vendors are friendly, curious or ignore you. Thousands of stalls offer plethora and variety of everything that can be found in Cotonou, negotiations of rigour. Colors, smiles, scents, odors and interactions, a place of life and Exchange become symbol of West African trade.
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  • This market is particularly impressive. Thousands of stand of fabrics, foods, and other trinkets. Just gigantic. A must do if you come in Cotonou and on the outskirts.
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  • It's Benin biggest market. You can find almost all types of articles. Some are very cheap as well as some are very expensive. You have to bargain to avoid buying thing expensively. You may want to ask the prices from different shops, and compare them. If you are buying local products like tomatoes, fish, oil, Bari,maize ... It's advised to visit the market during the market day, every 5 days. The other products are always available from Monday to Sunday. The languages of communication are Goun, Fon, Yoruba, French. Enjoy as you shop!!!
  • This market is so much fun but not for the faint of hearts! You have to plan to go, know what you want and be ready to bargain! You can essentially get anything you want, you just have to know the right place to go. I normally for the the beautiful bogalon fabrics!!!
  • Very crowded market with everything possible to buy there. Less crowded on Sundays.
  • It's nice to actually find a place where everythings in..!
  • As far as African markets go this one wasn't anything special. Textiles prices were very high compared with Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire.
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