In December 2007 the first ATM's arrived to the country of Guinea-Bissau - in the BAO Banco da Africa Occidental branches of Bissau and GabÃº. An ATM is also being set up in the Hotel Malaika in Bissau. These ATM's only function if you have a local account with that bank. So, leave your credit card/bank card at home because it will do you no good. Probably still safest to bring euros or FCFA enough to cover the time you plan to stay. Western Union is present in Bissau eight locations, BafatÃ¡, GabÃº, Buba, Canchungo and Mansoa. They will rip you off by taking 10%.
The largest market in the country is Bandim Market, which is on the main road going into town. You can buy many things there and the atmosphere is nice. Otherwise there are small vendors on most roads of the capital. In the villages Tabankas you will also find small vendors selling the necessities. In the main towns in the countryside there are larger markets called "Lumo", which give farmers and merchants the possibility to sell/trade their goods. Don't forget that Guinea-Bissau is a poor country and as such the possibilities for shopping are smaller than in the Gambia or Senegal.
Useful creole shopping phrases:Ke ku bu misti? what do you want?N mistil I want itN ka mistil I don't want it