One of the first things you notice in Senegal is the people. They are very fit and take their exercise very seriously. You will notice people running rigorously any time of the day to stay fit.
The best part about the city is its laid-back environment. The people are very relaxed and helpful. Senegal has people from various cultures. They live harmoniously and hence setting up trade is relatively easier than other African countries. Due to a long period of French rule, people are more comfortable with French and the French influence is visible almost everywhere.
Unlike other African countries, people here are very Net-savvy. Senegal has almost 100 percent Internet connectivity due to the mini-boom which took place in 1996. Another striking thing about Senegal is that there are no high-rises. Most of the houses are single-storey homes that house families of various sizes.
I stay at the Hotel Terrou-Bi. It has a sea-facing restaurant and bar, and houses a casino, a marina, and a fishing centre which attracts lots of foreign tourists. It is conveniently located near the business area.
One of my favourite places to eat is the Le Lagon Restaurant, in a French hotel of the same name. Their specialty is oysters.
Local taxis are the best way to commute. They come in all shapes, sizes and conditions and will charge atrociously. People should be prepared to bargain to at least one-third of the stated amount.
The best shopping is at the local markets. Their arts and crafts are very unique to their culture. I have a Senegalese mask from the local crafts market that hangs on my bedroom wall.