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Address: Bamako, Mali

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Good place for buying souvenirs

Once you pass through a very hectic fruit and witch craft market, you will enter artisan market. It is very nice to see artisans working their trade. I bought leather belts from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Grasshopper1976
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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Once you pass through a very hectic fruit and witch craft market, you will enter artisan market. It is very nice to see artisans working their trade. I bought leather belts from the guy who is making them while haggling with me. Usually, it takes 10 minutes but drive the price down by 50% at least.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Is the best place to buy souvenirs, but attention: 1. don't go without a trustful local 2. usually if you have white skin they will tell you minimum 2 times the real price. So, always negotiate hard. 3. very crowd place (depends also by hour)

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

I walked between little shops where I saw artisans working on their crafts such is leather or metalworks. Very nice feeling to see all that art in making but do be aware of thieves and beggars. Of course, nowadays, security overall is important.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

So much variety of African items. A piece of advice, be ready to bargain and never pay the first price the vendors give you. It's unorganized just like the entire city of Bamako but make an afternoon of it and you'll definitely find what you're looking for.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2014

I was looking to buy some Dogon masks, wood sculptures, leather stuff and mudcloth bags-in short one piece each of all Malian handicrafts. The shops in the city sell at prices which are fine, but if you want to buy more than a couple of items-its worth your time to visit the Artisan Market. Before you go, prepare yourself mentally... More 

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Columbus Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

We were recently in Bamako on our way to Segou, Djenne, Dogon Country, Mopti and TB2. The market was very crowded and very hot. I liked the markets in Djenne and various other villages much better. Guess it is worth a look but that is all.

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Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

The most interesting place there is a fetish market (though there're just several spots). You will never find so many attributes for black and white magic elsewhere in the world! Monkey heads, crocodile heads, dog legs, lion urine, donkey ears, horns, dead parrots, bats, horse pennis, etc. You have to pay 1000 francs (1,5 euro) for taking pictures of one... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2010

I went here for the first time in Dec 09 and had a really nice experience. It's well organized, the shops are easy to walk through and the quality looked nice, especially for bags and shoes. Of course you're going to pay more here, but that's the point. It's meant for tourist buyers. But yes, by all means visit while... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2009

Bamako is a great place - a bit rusty around the edges, but fun for the traveler who doesn't mind a bit of heat, dust and friendly "bonjours" The area surrounding the central artisan market can be a bit sketchy, but once you are inside its confines, the mood is lighter. Friendly vendors abound and lookind around will always be... More 

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