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Address: Bamako, Mali

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A fascinating maze!

I love this market! I never see the same thing twice -- which may be a bit of a disadvantage. I often cannot return to stores I have enjoyed on previous visits. But that's okay... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2015
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Kayes, MALI, West Africa
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Girona, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

veru crowded on saturday atfernoon, full of african life but not of african handrycrafts, goog to spend one hour or so.

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Olympia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I love African markets -- you never know who you might meet or what you might find around the next corner. That said, the Bamako central market is not for anyone who dislikes crowds or hangers-on. Two hours is my limit and I always go on Sunday, at a cooler time of day, with plenty of water and head covering,... More 

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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

If you want a pure African shopping experience, that's the place. Is not recommended with children.Very crowded place, it remembers me some market in Istanbul, or afro-arab movies. So is an interesting experience if you realy love Africa. Don't miss the artisans village inside (only accompanied by a trustful local, otherwise you will be cheated ).

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

Within a few kms is spread the market where you can get everything under the sun. so one stop shopping place. Local street shopping

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Geneva, Switzerland
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

In the market you can find gold and silver but many other things in leather, musical instruments, textiles among other things, great place to bring with you a little of Mali

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Moscow, Russia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

This is a very interesting place. There you can find all interesting features of Mali. I especially recommend to visit that part of the market, where they sell copies of traditional works. There you can find sculptures and masks of high quality.

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Kayes, MALI, West Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

I love this market! I never see the same thing twice -- which may be a bit of a disadvantage. I often cannot return to stores I have enjoyed on previous visits. But that's okay, because the same things are sold at many shops. I like to go just to see what's new (esp. in the area of textiles).

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2 Thank Jennifer2838
Tijuana, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

This ia a very interesting city and the gateway to the rest of MALI. Lots to see.Good hotels and eats. If going to Mopti, Djenne or Timbuktu, you go through here.

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Kiev
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Very chotic place. I was loooking for handicraft from Mali and Artisanat on Grand Marche is dark with difficult access(trafic is dangerous around it) and it is too much hassle and unrealistic prices. If you are looking for handicraft Marche NGolonina is much better places. Unless you are looking for gold and silver everything is available here prices are better... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

Having been to quite a number, I found this one to be just ok. Getting to it was very difficult, frankly the smell was worse than normal (maybe it was the raw meat hanging in the trees across the wall from the market), and honestly it just seemed not one of the better ones I'd been to. That being said,... More 

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