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Dakar, Senegal 

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As one of the chief seaports in western Africa, Dakar sits on the Atlantic coast of Senegal. With a rich cultural history and contemporary island vibes, the city uniquely offers adventure in African tradition and modern experiences. There are plenty of unique experiences in Dakar , such as artisan markets, flavorful cuisine, and historical landmarks like Gorée Island. The profound connection between the roots of the African diaspora and the city's art and music scene is equal to its charm and warm hospitality. Whether exploring the scenic coastline or engaging with the local market vendors, Dakar celebrates its heritage at every turn. Best time to travel: November to April (peak season), June to September (off-season), May and October (shoulder season) Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF) Language: French, Wolof, Pulaar Noteworthy: Saint-Louis Jazz Festival (May), Dak'Art (June), Gorée Diaspora Festival (November) Dakar Fashion Week (December)...

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  • Saint-Louis Jazz Festival (May)
  • Dak'Art (June)
  • Gorée Diaspora Festival (November)
  • Dakar Fashion Week (December)
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Gourmet: Places To Eat In Dakar, Senegal
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Loman Art Cafe

The Loman Art Cafe blends creativity and cuisine so guests can enjoy Loman Art House design as they dine on delicious dishes. The cafe combines traditional ingredients with modern techniques for lunch, dinner, and even Sunday brunch.

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JAM Dakar

JAM Dakar serves exceptional open-fire cooking with creative recipes like Grilled Gambas and signature gourmet burgers. The menu also has unique desserts like Flambeed khaki in Greek yogurt with Casamance honey and roasted cashews.

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L'Epicerie

L'Epicerie offers a diverse menu featuring French, European, and deli-style dishes, including homemade gnocchi and fruit crumble desserts. They use high-quality fresh produce and meats in their charcuterie boards and other dishes.

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Restaurant Farid

At Restaurant Farid, guests enjoy authentic Lebanese cuisine inspired by ancestral traditions with a beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere. The shareable menu features dishes like grilled halloumi, paella, manakish, and pistachio atayefs in generous portions.

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Alkimia 

Alkimia has a diverse menu featuring shareable boards, gourmet grills, finger foods, and artisan cocktails. The cozy, African chic ambiance includes a sunny terrace, lounge, and air-conditioned dining rooms.

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La Terrasse

La Terrasse sits along a stunning seaside setting with breathtaking views of the Îles de la Madeleine from the shaded terrace. The menu shares Senegalese flavors with freshly caught seafood like fillet of grouper, grilled octopus, and lobster.

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Stay: Places to Stay In Dakar, Senegal
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Dream Apartment Seaview

The sound of waves and sea breeze wakes guests each morning alongside ocean views at the Dream Apartment Seaview. With a serene ambiance, this Airbnb apartment has modern amenities like an infinity pool, gym, and 24/7 concierge service.

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Apartment With Sea Views And Pool

This spacious seaside apartment overlooks the gorgeous African coast with relaxing amenities including a swimming pool. Ideal for business and nomad travelers, this apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, 24-hour security, and weekly cleaning services.

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Seku Bi Hotel

The intimate boutique Seku Bi Hotel has seven rooms set in French colonial villas adorned with contemporary African art. This peaceful spot in Dakar is close to Independence Square and the city center.

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Boma Lifestyle Hotel

The Boma Lifestyle Hotel is an urban oasis with garden bungalows, swimming pools, and a cocktail bar with live music. This new Dakar property has a wellness spa, an on-site restaurant, and free private parking.

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Hotel Djollof 

Hotel Djollof was named one of the best boutique experiences in the city for its responsible and innovative designs. They also have a beautifully designed terrace restaurant, a central location, and friendly staff.

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Terrou-Bi Hotel

The luxurious 5-star resort Terrou-Bi Hotel offers guests the ultimate comfort and relaxation with business and panoramic Suites. Amenities include a private beach, wellness spa, and on-site La Terrasse restaurant all in the spirit of Teranga.

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Play: Things To Do In Dakar, Senegal
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IFAN Museum Of African Arts

Since 1936, the IFAN Museum Of African Arts is a cultural cornerstone showcasing African Modern Art collections from Francophone Africa. A key venue for the Dakar Biennale exhibition, this museum engages visitors with contemporary art by African and diaspora artists.

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Half-Day Somone Lagoon and Bandia Park Safari

This immersive half-day adventure at Somone Lagoon and Bandia Park Safari shows native animals like giraffes, rhinos, and crocodiles. During the 1.5-hour trip at Bandia Conservation Park, guests go on a boat ride to see the fantastic mangrove creatures.

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Bike Ride In The City

Take a Bike Ride In The City to see Dakar's iconic landmarks and emblematic monuments like the Monument du Millénaire. Guided by a local expert, cyclists privately explore the historic sites for a deeper understanding of Senegal's heritage.

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Visit The Pink Lake of Senegal

Less than an hour from the capital, The Pink Lake of Senegal has a stunning and unusual vibrant pink hue caused by high salt content. Known as Lake Retba or Lac Rose, it’s reminiscent of the Dead Sea and ranges from vibrant to light pink during the dry season.

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Full-Day Dakar And Goree Island Tour

This full-day Dakar And Goree Island Tour includes a comprehensive exploration with expert local guides, ferry tickets, and lunch. Visitors learn about the sobering history of the slave trade on this poignant visit to Goree Island. 

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Loman Art House 

The Loman Art House shows exhibitions, art performances, and live events that reflect Senegalese culture's rich history and modernity. The venue highlights contemporary African art and features unique artistic designer furniture and decor.

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Traveler Caught Trying To Smuggle Over 100 Snakes In His Pants On A Plane 

Traveling with animals is sometimes a complicated process. With varying pet fees and rules that can vary by airline, planning a trip with smaller companions can be stressful. Many people have emotional support animals which grant them different rights and access during travel. While there are many complexities to traveling with animals, some travelers have criminal intentions. Smuggling unauthorized or unsafe animals onto a plane is a dangerous situation that can put everyone at risk, including the airport and aircraft crew. However, this fact did not stop one man who went to extreme lengths to try and smuggle snakes on a plane . Here is what travelers should know about the situation. More on the Snake Smuggling Situation This incident occurred in southern China at Futian Port, which is a land crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The man was coming from Hong Kong and coming into the Chinese border city of Shenzhen. It unraveled on Tuesday after customs officers stopped a...

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