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Address: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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A fire destroyed the biggest of the area street markets in 2003, so other...

A fire destroyed the biggest of the area street markets in 2003, so other centers have popped up around the town for arts and crafts, foodstuffs and souvenirs.

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The big Central Market is arguably the most interesting and exciting place to visit in Ouagadougou ! From cloths to handycrafts and meat , you find everything you need - and also... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
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Peppange, Luxembourg
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Peppange, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The big Central Market is arguably the most interesting and exciting place to visit in Ouagadougou ! From cloths to handycrafts and meat , you find everything you need - and also , and above all , you'll find eveything you do not need , and all you are definetely not looking for...

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Thank kingofpeppange
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The central market is vast, covering a number of buildings, streets and open air areas. If you are an obvious foreigner you are likely to be hassled a lot. Market vibe safe, and you can pretty much find anything you want. If you're up for it a good place to find souvenirs though negotiate a lot, and speak at least... More 

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Thank Matvl
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

I just went there to see how it looks like to be in the african markets, and it was complete upto my expectations.. Very crowded and very smelly, people can anytime grab your hand for ur attention, and you just have to say sorry to them, they sale everything, i mean everything... A big bargain is available. If u want... More 

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Thank Jagdesh K
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Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

They have beautiful hand made baskets, that caught my attention instantly, place is dirty, very dirty, and trading is difficult if you don't speak French or jula. It's pretty interesting to find all kinds of stuffs there. Fabric is relatively cheaper there too.

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Thank caveconsult
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Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

Not many tourists visit Burkina Faso, that is probably the reason that a visit to the Grand marché is not a very pleasant experience. Be ready for constantly being dragged from one shop to the next by people that target you as their own property. If it's local craft you are looking for go visit the artesian village, a much... More 

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Thank Yoav S
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Reviewed 1 February 2015

I have to say quite a lot of the artefacts here are available in other African countries. The baskets here are a good buy with several stalls offering colourful selections. I bought two sturdy baskets which will be great for big supermarket shops. This is certainly worth visiting and you might like to get a dress made with some of... More 

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Reviewed 8 October 2014

the markets of Burkina are such a vibrant explosion of colour and life, well worth a visit, the cloth that is made in Burkina, if you feel good at haggling and are capable in French or have someone who is then this is the place for you. However if you don't feel you've quite the nerve for haggling in the... More 

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Ragusa, Italia
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Reviewed 27 January 2013 via mobile

Such a nice place to buy original souvenirs Made by those People Who sell them. Be' careful for the price, since you are a tourist they would start with higher prices, i have been there with local People that's why i know. The place is very nice, you would walk and see All these different arts.

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Cape Fear, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

The Grand Marche is not for your first time visitor to West Africa. The merchants are in business to sell and they view the "Nasara" as a great possible customer. That being said, I had no problems and was not inconvenienced by the attention I received. It was similar to any place where someone with more money than the local... More 

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5 Thank GuyCotton
Joburg
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

I found the market wonderful, especially for textiles. Amazing indigo, mud cloth, batik and wax prints. Wonderful clothing and wonderful people.

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