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This establishment is housed in the walled compound of King Toffa, who signed the first treaty with the French in 1863...
Here the setting is the real draw, with an Eden-like garden replete with big trees, which puts you in the mood for a cold beer or a braised chicken as soon as you sit down. Free wi-fi...
No one seems to remember a time before Java Promo...
One of Cotonou's older Chinese restaurants, this has an atmospheric covered roof terrace overlooking the bustling Carrefour de Cadjéhoun, a row of red lanterns, a comprehensive menu and a complement of Chinese expat ...
Housed in a pretty colonial building, this museum is well worth a gander. The top floor is organised thematically around birth, life and death, with everything from costumes to carved drums...
Ouidah's main site is its Musée d'Histoire de Ouidah, housed in the beautiful Fortaleza São João Batista, a Portuguese fort built in 1721...
This long-standing no-frills canteen off Blvd St Michel has a large selection of West African dishes scooped from steaming pots. There's no decor except for a couple of blaring TVs showing the latest football action.
This well-run eatery rates equally highly with Beninese and expats for its amazing West African food. Prices are very reasonable and the jugs of freshly squeezed pineapple juice at lunch time are a refreshing godsend.
This Cotonou institution has been around for yonks and isn't showing signs of slowing down. If you want to rub shoulders with hip-gyrating Beninese dancing to African tunes, this is the place.
This small French restaurant, in a pretty residential area next to the US embassy, is a perennial favourite that churns out excellent French specialities as well as pancakes and sandwiches.
This fine establishment serves delicate French cuisine and features an extensive wine list. The old colonial dining room is the perfect setting for a sophisticated evening.
This fantastic exhibition space seeks to promote contemporary African art among Beninese people. The chic boutique sells beautiful art books and the cafe offers wi-fi access.
Those interested in voodoo could visit the python temple, home to some 60 sleepy pythons. The guide explains some of the beliefs and ceremonies associated with the temple.
One of the most atmospheric spots for a drink is the terrace of this pub in Haie Vive. There's also a tempting menu (meals CFA3400 to CFA6200), and darts.
This venture is famed for the quality of its live music sessions featuring reggae, jazz and African sounds. Near Place de l'Étoile Rouge.
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