Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 1, Dakar

The city of Dakar, capital of Senegal, is a home to many notable sights, most of which are clustered in the Downtown area, including government buildings, art galleries, historic squares and a railway station. On this walking tour you have a chance to explore some of the top attractions of Downtown Dakar.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 1
Guide Location: Senegal » Dakar (See other walking tours in Dakar)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: AudreyB
Place de l’Indépendance

1) Place de l’Indépendance (must see)

Place de l’Indépendance is in the middle of the city's action. The square is located between the Chambre de Commerce and Ministere des Affaires Étrangères. The square is actually a beautiful, well-preserved garden, having in its center a fountain topped by lions, which is the symbol of Senegal. Place de l’Indépendance is a great place to relax and watch the city's busiest avenues.
Ministere des Affaires Étrangères

2) Ministere des Affaires Étrangères

Ministere des Affaires Étrangères, which means Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a massive outstanding edifice located just near the Independence Square. The building features impressive classic architecture. Its facade has a variety of columns and arched windows, all in white and red brick. Ministere des Affaires Étrangères is one of the most impressive buildings of its type and size in Dakar.
Chambre de Commerce

3) Chambre de Commerce (must see)

Meaning the Chamber of Commerce, Chambre de Commerce is a massive outstanding building of sand color, with its classical-styled architecture epitomized in the very high columns and its symmetrically laid details. Chambre de Commerce is a spectacular landmark, one of the most beautiful in the chain of government beauties to see in Dakar.
Galerie Nationale d'Art

4) Galerie Nationale d'Art

Galerie Nationale d'Art is Dakar's national gallery of art. The gallery was opened on January 29, 1983 and inaugurated by president Abdou Diouf. Located in a colonial building, the gallery is home to both local and international contemporary visual art. The gallery is one of the most famous of the city, as it truly supports culture and art in Senegal. The gallery organizes major exhibitions of paintings and photography, and other programs of art exchange.
Galerie Le Manège

5) Galerie Le Manège

Located in an impressive nineteenth-century former French military building, Le Manège is an art gallery preserving contemporary Senegalese art, founded in 2005. The gallery extends over an area of 280 m2 and aims to promote cultural dialogue between France and Senegal. It holds its own permanent exhibitions as well as temporary exhibitions. Galerie Le Manège is a great place to get in touch with Dakar's culture and arts.
Marche Kermel

6) Marche Kermel

Marche Kermel is a popular market in Dakar. It is famous not only for its large variety of food and souvenirs sold: it is also known as a beautiful landmark because its building is a splendid piece of art. Initially built in 1860, and then burnt in 1994, the current building is also an impressive one as in 1997 it was reconstructed like the original edifice. Marche Kermel is a great venue to visit if you want see some of Dakar's culture.
Hôtel de Ville

7) Hôtel de Ville

Hôtel de Ville is an impressive building in Dakar. It features French colonial architecture in a Victorian structure. Combined with the clock tower, it is a significant sight among Dakar's architecture. As it is actually Dakar's City Hall, it is an administrative building, but open to the public. Hôtel de Ville is surrounded by beautiful green gardens and offers an amazing view over Dakar's bay.
Place des Tirailleurs

8) Place des Tirailleurs

Place des Tirailleurs is a square featuring a statue dedicated to African history, especially to the Senegalese soldiers who participated in the war and in the construction of Dakar's railway station. The statue with Dupont and Demba stands just in the front of the colonial train station which was built in 1885. Also known as Place de la Gare Dakar-Niger, its railway station was the first station of West Africa.

Walking Tours in Dakar, Senegal

Create Your Own Walk in Dakar

Create Your Own Walk in Dakar

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dakar is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 2

Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 2

The city of Dakar, capital of Senegal, is a home to many notable sights, most of which are clustered in the Downtown area, including religious sites, such as the Grand Mosque with its towering minaret; a number of museums, including Dakar's largest Musée Théodore Monod displaying cultural artifacts illustrating diversity of Senegalese traditions and history; and more. On this walking tour you have a chance to explore some of the top attractions of Downtown Dakar.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Dakar for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Dakar has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Dakar, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.