Destination Guide: Dakar
Tropical beaches, drum-driven rhythms and colourful markets
Lose yourself in the hubbub of Dakar's markets and street life before a night of energetic
drumming and harp-like kora sounds at Senegal’s most western tip. Brightly coloured
pirogue boats drift across to secluded islands for sunbathing on palm-lined
Food and Drink
Sample spicy stews and fresh seafood. Drop into a coffee bar for sweet Senegalese
cafe au lait or discover thieboudjenne, a colourful fish dish packed with
vegetables, on Ngor Island. Yassa poulet, a hot chicken stew is also popular.
Sample the catch of the day on the Cornîche or Créole seafood in Dakar’s city centre.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Explore beaches and secluded islands. Catch a pirogue boat to Ngor
Island for chilled-out beach lounging and refreshing bissap hibiscus juice.
Discover where the Dutch launched slaves to sea among the pastel-painted houses of Dakar’s
Gorée Island or sail over to the uninhabited Madeline Island national park.
Shop for artisan goods and market curios. Visit the artisans at Dakar’s Cour des
Orfêvres for tasteful arts and crafts. Otherwise haggle for anything from avocadoes to
aviators with the city's spirited commerçants in Sandaga Market. Marché
Kermel is popular for batik fabrics, wood carvings and Dakar's ubiquitous
Nightlife and Entertainment
Join in with live music and beach parties. Senegalese music is a mix of West African
drum beats and kora harp-strumming. Uncover its true rhythm at Just 4U, where
world-renowned acts like local singer Youssou N’Dour perform. Dance at sunset with Dakar
locals to the rolling beat of the djembé drum on the beach on Ngor Island.