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I visited there and it was very interesting. It was very foul smelling. I couldn't stand the... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2017
York, Pennsylvania
Good place for buying souvenirs

Once you pass through a very hectic fruit and witch craft market, you will enter artisan market. It... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Belgrade, Serbia
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29 Mar 2017
18 Oct 2016
“Good place for buying souvenirs”
Bamako, Mali
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

I visited there and it was very interesting. It was very foul smelling. I couldn't stand the smell of the drying animal skins for leather. They make everything and anything you could imagine. From shoes to jewelry. Just shop around and bargain with them.

Thank Traveling_addiction
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...More

Thank Grasshopper1976
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)

Thank Stefan B
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.

2  Thank Grasshopper1976
Reviewed 23 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...More

5  Thank jdtcnman
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...More

6  Thank agmathew
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...More

3  Thank Micheljane
Reviewed 7 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...More

5  Thank Inga19b
Reviewed 3 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...More

1  Thank AmaAriane
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...More

2  Thank toubaboumiah
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