SENEGAL TRAVEL GUIDE

SENEGAL TRAVEL GUIDE

Take a trip with us to the Western coast of Africa in this Senegal travel guide. Dakar is an important contributor to African and global contemporary art with its breadth of museums, monuments, and The Biennial of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART. It is also home to trend-setting designers including surrealist Selly Raby Kane and internationally renowned designers Aissa Dione, Faty Ly and Johanna Bramble. Here are things to do in Dakar Senegal when planning your trip to Senegal.

Photo Credit L’Hôtel Royal Horizon Baobab

WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO EAT

WHAT TO EAT

As a Dakar tourist, visit the local restaurants. Chez Loutcha serves up hearty Senegalese and Cape Verdean meals. Local dishes on offer include Yassa poulet and Thieboudienne, Senegal’s national dish made using grilled fish, rice and tomato sauce. The restaurant can get very busy so avoid going during peak times and rush hours.

Enjoy a scrumptious Sunday brunch at the eclectic Loman Art cafe. Bold, playful brass works add vivacity to this cozy space. Among the places to visit in Senegal, experience a tantalizing contemporary African gastronomic meal by booking a spot at the Table Pana residency. Chefs, invited by residency founder Nadia Kopogo, craft a flavorful menu using local ingredients.

KEEP IN MIND LOCAL CUSTOMS

Wolof and French are the main languages spoken in Senegal. Make sure that you have some basic phrases in either language before you get around. Wear clothing that does not display any LGBTQI affiliations and covers the midriff. Avoid holding and giving money with your left hand. 

Senegalese people often express their warmth by sharing meals. If you are unable to honor someone’s invitation to eat with them, do not say no. Instead, say thank you and that you are full because you have already eaten. 

SPEND TIME IN THE ART CAPITAL

Credit: Acclaimed Senegalese Artist Omar Diop

There are so many interesting things to do in Senegal. When planning Senegal vacations, take in these tips and be sure to explore Senegalese contemporary home decor on 54kibo to get a taste of the design culture.

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