Cotonou - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

This is not a shopping post, but people who are interested in art find their niches. - Feb 2020

Quite a few great works of art for those willing to pursue them. There's also a lot of less high-brow handicrafts, artwork. - Aug 2018

Not really. - Jan 2017

Baskets and cloth, woven and batik. - Jun 2015

The artisan markets or traveling vendors have all sorts of little nicknacks, but they are definitely not unique. - Aug 2014

I keep meaning to buy a nice souvenir to remember my time here, but I haven't found anything I really like yet, if that tells you anything. A lot of people buy large wooden sculptures of animals. Paintings, batiks, and other local handicrafts can be found at the artisan market in Cotonou. Many buy colorful local fabrics and hire tailors to make clothes. - May 2013

Some local African Art. Nothing that's going to change your life, but some cool little trinkets for sure. - Mar 2013

Lots of local crafts and woodworking. - Dec 2011

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