Souvenir market

Galerie Zeinart

An artist haven, this gallery is loaded with hand-crafted jewelry from around the Nouakchott area. Find fascinating items here that are unique to the region, and hear many different languages as people indulge in the art and beauty of the trade.


Part guest house, part shop, and part restaurant, this place is brimming with great takeaways from your visit in Nouakchott. Many items are hand made on location here, featuring Mauritanian treasures that you won’t find anywhere else.

Marché Capital

The Capital Market is an excellent source of Mauritanian fabrics, as well as jewelry and other souvenirs. You can exchange to many different currencies here and get a raw feel for the trade markets.


The Freshest Atlantic Fish

Fishing is a growing trade in Mauritania, though historically it’s much bigger with the surrounding countries like Senegal and Mali. The Mauritanian government is encouraging Mauritanian youth to help grow the fishing industry and gain an appetite for this fresh source of protein.

Watch Sidi talk with CCTV about the growing industry and its impact on Nouakchott.

A Medieval Ksar
Chinguetti is one of the four ancient Mauritanian cities. It is a walled fortress city known as a Ksar. Like the other ancient Mauritanian cities, this city’s narrow, stony, 13th century alleyways are open for exploration.