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Artisanal Center, Cotonou

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Peruse and purchase arts and crafts unique to Benin at Artisanal Center, where a wide array of stands and shops sell traditional handicrafts. Set in traditionally styled houses with thatched roofs and pastel walls, the center offers handmade puppets, voodoo dolls, carved wooden masks, and batiks, plus lots of trinkets. Observe artisans, painters, cobblers, and seamstresses in their workshops, where you can spend some time and listen to their stories. A visit to Artisanal Center represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cotonou online attractions planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Craft items of every sort and nice quality to remember your trip by. Necklaces, wooden stuff, paint, whatever you might like to bring home to hang or sit out can be found here… Virtually no crowd and....  more
    Craft items of every sort and nice quality to remember your trip by. Necklaces, wooden stuff, paint, whatever you might like to bring home to hang or sit out can be found here… Virtually no crowd and....  more »
  • Huge but not chaotic crafts market. Tons of vendors. Went first on a Sunday and it was pretty dead with few stalls open. Returned on a week day and found dozens of vendors in huts and small shops.....  more
    Huge but not chaotic crafts market. Tons of vendors. Went first on a Sunday and it was pretty dead with few stalls open. Returned on a week day and found dozens of vendors in huts and small shops.....  more »
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  • I call it “Craft Market” A beautiful place with beautiful art works and unique souvenirs. It’s also tourist attraction so things are a bit pricey there. I saw a crafted footwear that the price is 1500CFA higher than what I saw at the market. But if you don’t mind spending extra cash, you’ll surely love what you see. There’s a beautiful lounge just at the entrance (Babel Restolounge). I didn’t get to visit because I had limited time to spend. I love the designs of the building and the wooded furnitures. I should have a drink here next time I visit Again, I met a Nigerian 🇳🇬 vendor who is from Imo (Eastern part of Nigerian) and he was very nice to us. He speaks good English too so that was helpful as the communication was very smooth. After lot of kind words and persuasions, I bought this multipurpose bag for 2000CFA (see picture and video attached) and guess what? He gave my friend and I one beaded bracelet each 💃🏾💃🏾. Picture attached too. I could not take pictures at his store because my phone was dead. He offered to charge it but unfortunately he didn’t have my charger what he had was different. He was so nice ☺️ I’m glad I visited and I’ll also visit again.
  • You're in the best place to get artisans, wood works, local jewelries and african fabrics fashion styles for male and females in the Benin Republic.

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