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Poto Poto Market, Republic of Congo
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The Best Things to See and Do at Poto Poto Market, Congo

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Updated: 18 May 2018
Congolese markets are a favorite location for those who love to shop. With the most affordable prices and bargain-friendly vendors, this is the place you need to visit for a full day of retail therapy.

Located in the heart of Brazzaville, Poto Poto Market is one of the most popular and largest markets in the Republic of Congo. With hundreds of boutiques and street vendors offering a variety of services, this market is not only recognized for its amenities, but it is also well known for accommodating street vendors from diverse nationalities. Here’s a few things to see and do when visiting.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip

Purchase African print fabrics

African prints are common materials for clothing in Congo and Africa in general. Poto Poto Market offers a variety of African print fabrics ranging in colour, brand and size. If you’re a fan of tribal prints, you will be sure to find not only fabrics, but also handmade bags, clothing, shoes, and many other items that use African print fabrics.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip

Taste local street foods

You cannot miss out on indulging in some local delicacies. Cheap, tasty, and quickly-prepared street food is offered by vendors dotted throughout the market. There is a variety of choice on offer, ranging from spicy pork chops to a bunch of healthy and refreshing fruit. The choice is yours.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip

Purchase natural homemade products

Like most cultures, Africans throughout history have discovered and adopted various natural remedies. Whether you are in search of the perfect natural skin products or contemplating trying out local homemade products such as African black soap, shea butter or coconut oil, this market never runs out of stock and there are many vendors selling their wares throughout the market.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip

Buy traditional jewels

If you are a lover of jewellery then you might be interested in purchasing a few of these: waist beads, necklaces, ankle bracelets or just a pair of unique earrings, handmade and inspired by different cultures from Nigeria, Mali and Ivory Coast. The market is filled with an array of unique, African-inspired jewels.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip

Get your hair done

The market is also known as the home of many talented hair stylists, waiting for customers out on the street corners. They stand waiting and hoping to win the trust of potential clients and to work their magic. If you are interested in getting African-inspired braids, such as cornrows, box braids, bantu knots, or any other style, you will most likely be pleased with the hairstylists at Poto Poto Market. Customers can also purchase wigs and weaves varying in colour and texture.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip

Go retail shopping in a boutique

As shoppers approach the boutique entrances in Poto Poto Market, they are often overwhelmed by all the clothing options available. Varying from vintage to high fashion or hipster, the choice can be a hard one. There are over a hundred boutiques throughout the market with as many fashion choices to be bargained over.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip

Just take a stroll

Whether you are interested in finding good local bargains or just strolling through for some window shopping, this market is big enough to get lost and just explore the authenticity of Congolese life. Take your time to soak up the charm, and take in the vibrant colours and chaotic streets of Poto Poto Market.

Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Poto Poto Market, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo | © Victoire Douniama / Culture Trip