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In the south of Dakar, this neighbourhood off the tourist track is the place to go to see the real rhythm of local life.

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La Medina

Where the many of the locals live.

In many ways the streets of the city's oldest neighbourhood, quite a bit off the tourist track (occupying a good chunk of Dakar's southern zone, bounded by Avénue Blaise Diagne and the Boulevards General de Gaule and Gueule Tapée, near the Grand Mosque), Medina perhaps most embodies its essence. Along these narrow streets you'll see real Dakar life. Take a stroll through here and you'll find plenty of of colourful façades, street stalls, open-air kitchens, and a share of ruined buildings. But without a doubt what you'll find most engaging is the locals - the people-watching is absolutely riveting.

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