What better way to get a real feel of Abidjan than by exploring its markets, which are as varied as its different neighbourhoods? The figurehead for local crafts – Abidjan's artisanal centre (known as the CAVA – Centre Artisanal de la Ville d'Abidjan) – is without question an absolute must-see in Ivory Coast's economic capital. The fifty or so market stalls, set up in red brick and earthenware huts, make up a sort of village where each craftsman sells their own specialised creations; from jewellery to sculpture, fashion to painting, and musical instruments to crystal work.
For a more traditional market, but one by no means less popular with locals, head towards the Treichville neighbourhood, known as the city of n'zassa (which means “mixture” in the Akan language). Here you will find a chaotic concentration of all the variety Abidjan has to offer, from second-hand clothing to high-tech gadgets and smoked fish stalls.
At the heart of the affluent Embassy District, halfway between the CAVA and the Treichville market, the Cocody Saint-Jean market also attracts a great many of Abidjan's residents. In this sprawling modern labyrinth with over 400 shops, you will be able to enjoy the very best in food, fashion, beauty and traditional restaurants.
CAVA (Centre Artisanal de la Ville d'Abidjan)
Boulevard du Canal (close to Abidjan Karting)
+225 07 21 95 76
Avenue Victor Biaka
+225 51 60 49 18
Cocody Saint-Jean market
Boulevard de France
+225 03 22 22 69