Burkina Faso

Good markets exist in Bobo Dioulasso, Dori, Gorom-Gorom, Ouahigouya and Ouagadougou. Bargaining in traditional marketplaces is recommended. Purchases include wooden statuettes, bronze models, masks, worked skins from the tannery in Ouagadougou, jewellery, fabrics, hand-woven blankets and leather goods and crafts ranging from chess sets to ashtrays. The Grande Marché in Bobo Dioulasso is a much smaller and less cramped market.

The Village Artisanal near the SIAO centre in the ring road of Ouagadougou has lots of arts & craft shops where you can conveniently find all sorts of very nice objects such as traditional clothing, sandals, costume jewellery, furniture items, decoratives, and much more to buy at slightly higher but still very reasonable prices. There is an exchange office close to the gate where you can also withdraw money from your card. Keep the receipts for any art you buy, as they need to be presented upon exit at the gate.

currency

As in seven other independent West African countries, the currency of Burkina Faso is the franc of the Communauté Financière Africaine CFA, symbolised as XOF. It's fixed relative to the euro: €1 = XOF655.957.

In Jan 2015, USD1 = XOF585

Credit cards are rarely accepted, but cash may be withdrawn with a card at certain banks in all major towns Ouaga, Bobo, Banfora, Dori, and Ouahigouya are confirmed. In general, most bank machines will accept only VISA cards, with a PIN or a CarteBleu. However, the ATMs of Banque Atlantique in Ouagadougou will accept MasterCard so look for those if you want to withdraw cash with your MasterCard. Make sure you have a PIN for your credit card in order to access money from the bank machines. Travellers' cheques better luck in euros than in dollars can usually be cashed at local banks in Ouaga and Bobo, but with large change fees. For the cost of $5.00 you can send yourself or others a Moneygram to get money in country. If you don't use it, you can cancel the Moneygram and get your money back.