Let’s start at the beginning… What is FIDAK? It’s the annual Foire International de Dakar, a giant market with goods from around the globe. And you must go. Absolutely must go.
FIDAK is held at the Dakar ‘fairgrounds’ called CICES, just off the VDN near Ouest Foire. You can take a taxi and get out at the entrance, or drive and park. I prefer taxi, but that’s because I don’t quite do the driving in Dakar thing fully… yet.
To get your tickets, enter in by the big Orange sign then walk down the little road to your right. The ticket ‘windows’ look like square holes in the wall and will be on the left. It’s 600cfa for adults. Ladies, prepare to have your bags checked quickly as you go in.
You could wander the big, huge pyramid-shaped buildings and browse and shop for a long time, but if you want to get in and out… Go straight down the main paved road with blue tents. At the end you’ll see a big music stage. To the left is the green building marked ‘VERT’. That’s the one you (most likely) want.
Here I bought baskets and handbags from Madagascar, bazin fabric from Senegal, shea butter from Burkina Faso, sandals and a tunic from Pakistan… Although some prices are marked, most (if not all) are negotiable. Quite negotiable.
The FIDAK runs daily until December 20th. You can get more info on their Facebook page. Do not miss it!
Please note that I have been shopping FIDAK every year, but today was my first time to the 2015 edition. The real experts are my friends Diana and Michelle who have already been several times this week! Anyone have tips to share?