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The busiest of markets, hustle, bustle, buy anything

This is a busy market on a quiet day. You would have to appreciate getting hassled, hot, sweaty... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
p w
Perth, Australia
Bustle without hustle

African markets are often a must-see but they often come with the burden of being aggressively... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Stockholm County, Sweden
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Bamako, Mali
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

This is a busy market on a quiet day. You would have to appreciate getting hassled, hot, sweaty, but thisis an African Market place at its best!

1  Thank p w
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

African markets are often a must-see but they often come with the burden of being aggressively pestered to buy and the inherent danger of being robed. Bamako City centre market is different. It has all the bustle of a typical subsaharan market without the liabilities....More

4  Thank Gabriel9431
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Wonderful traditional market in the middle of the city. Crowded,full of busy people, you can find whatever you can imagine, from the head of a donkey for spells, to beautiful fabrics and clothing. Food, handcrafts, tools...just walk around.

2  Thank Colungueando
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Basically somewhere to go and get ripped off. Not worth it. Everyone wants to make a buck off any foreigners. Goshhh..,. I'd avoid it. You can buy your soveniers from the stores. Not worth the hassle.

2  Thank devinewise
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.

1  Thank agusticassa
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...More

1  Thank Thunderb0lt
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...More

1  Thank Stefan B
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

2  Thank sameer_cool
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

2  Thank Elizabeth C
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.

1  Thank Petr K
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