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Insider Guide To Dakar, Senegal

Lebanese-Senegalese sisters Leana and Dalia Ezzedine created their fashion line Ezz Studios as a tribute to the vibrant West African atmosphere of their hometown, Dakar in Senegal, and the energy of Lebanon.

Their cross-cultural roots are expressed through texture, colour and playful designs – the sea and the sun their primary sources of inspiration – and they collaborate with independent artisans from Senegal for hand-knitted crochet and hand-embroidered pearl detailing. Celebrating the launch of their debut swim collection, which is made from recycled plastic bottles otherwise polluting the ocean, we spoke to the designer duo about their favourite spots in Dakar, from seafood dining to secret beaches.

The best time to visit:

December to May, when the water and the weather are at their best.

Our first pitstop should be…

Le Lagon is the best spot in town to eat a grilled grouper by the sea, after which you can dive from the bridge into the water. It’s very refreshing.

Your favourite hotel to check-in at is…

Sama Nopalu Kai for the idyllic setting; it’s in the middle of a lagoon and is surrounded by stunning architecture.


For an early morning workout head to…

Fit Lab for a Lagree session. You’ll find our pieces on sale at the studio.

Where should we go for breakfast?

Sekubi, an intimate boutique hotel located on Dakar’s small corniche.

How about for a long, lazy lunch?

Go to La Cabane du Pécheur for the best seafood, eaten barefoot on the beach.

Your favourite restaurant in town?

Beluga, for the Peruvian dishes.


The drink to order at the bar…

A fresh bouye or bissap juice.

The best place for people watching…

Secret Spot at sunset, to watch surfers take to the waves.


The culture spot to rave about…

Gorée Island, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of history, culture and emotion. Art enthusiasts will love Dakar’s thriving art scene too, with galleries such as Selebe Yoon, Cécile Fakhoury and Oh Gallery showcasing contemporary African art.

Where can we go shopping?

Vibrant markets like Marché Kermel which sell spices, textiles, and local crafts.

Souvenir to take home?

Our signature Melo gold dress or a new bikini, to remind you of Senegal’s light.



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The place you rave out?

Saint Louis. The narrow island is in the mouth of the Senegal River and is rich in history and culture. Stay at Au Fil du Fleuve, the most beautiful guesthouse.

For the best views head to…

By day, walk to the lighthouse at the top of Phare des Mamelles hill for an incredible view of Dakar. There’s also a restaurant, craft shop and a national museum here. At night, go for a drink at Trames, an artistic space on a rooftop – you can see the whole city centre from here.

One place only locals know about…

La Pointe des Almadies restaurant. Visit for the fresh seafood.

For a change of pace try…

Spending the weekend away from the city at Le Yokan Lodge. It’s in one of the most beautiful regions of Senegal, the Sine-Saloum Delta.



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In one word, Senegal is..

‘Teranga’ – which means the land of hospitality.

A must-try spot for date night?

Noliane, for the best Italian food in town.

The best place to treat ourself is…

At Hotel Sokhamon for a sunset yoga session with Youliane.

How should we spend the final day of our trip?

Take a boat and spend the day on Ngor Island. Book a table at Maison d’Italie.


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