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Africa
Markets in the main towns, notably Niamey and Agadez, sell a range of local artifacts. The Center des Métiers d'Art de Niger, close to the National Museum, is worth visiting, as a wide range of local goods can be bought there. Courteous bargaining is expected and items include multicolored blankets, leather goods, engraved calabashes, silver jewelry, swords and knives.
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Markets sell local produce such as beans, rice, fruit, vegetables, oil and bush meat as well as fabric and clothing in traditional African prints, hardware and local crafts. However, prices may not be much cheaper than at home because many goods have to be imported from the mainland. Expect to barter in the markets.
 
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Currency
 
CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine) Franc (XOF) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of XOF10,000, 5,000, 2,500, 1,000 and 500. Coins are in denominations of XOF250, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1. Niger is part of the French Monetary Area. Only currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Bank of West African States) is valid; currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) is not. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.
 
Currency Exchange
Currency can be exchanged at the airport as well as at main banks and hotels.
Traveller's Cheques
 
Accepted by hotels, restaurants, most shops and airline offices. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros.
 
Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs
Diners Club and MasterCard are both accepted on a limited basis.
Banking Hours
Mon-Fri 0800-1100 and 1600-1700.

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