Best restaurants in Africa

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in East Coast

    La Grande Maison

    At Takamaka Bay, La Grande Maison is the home kitchen of Christelle Verheyden, arguably the country's most talented chef. The atmosphere, in a restored and airy colonial home, is a fine backdrop for Verheyden's exquisite tastes built around the best local (often organic) ingredients and fine-dining sensibility. Verheyden is also a sommelier: the wines are as excellent as the cooking.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Belo-sur-Tsiribihina

    Mad Zebu

    The ‘crazy zebu’ is the most incongruous find in dusty Belo, possibly in all Madagascar. Dishes seem to come straight out of a Michelin-starred restaurant (the chef trained in prestigious kitchens in Madagascar and Europe), with exquisite creations such as pan-fried shin of zebu, prawn medallions, or snapper fillet with peanuts, risotto and coconut sauce, all elaborately presented.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Trou d'Eau Douce

    Le Café des Arts

    This intriguing dining option is located within an old mill that has been transformed into Victoria 1840, an oddly charming gallery space, with canvases of wicked brushstrokes adorning the cracked brick walls. The food, an exquisite, modern nod to traditional island flavours, mirrors the old-meets-new surrounds. Lunch can be reserved for groups with 24 hours' notice.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in São Tomé (city)

    Papa Figo

    This charming, well-kept and ever-popular tin-roofed patio restaurant is laid-back in style, but no slouch in the kitchen. Everything on the menu has an interesting new twist. The thick fish steaks are world class: don't miss the barracuda. Tasty sides and special drinks round out a great seafood meal. Pizza and hamburgers also gets a delicious makeover.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chamarel

    Restaurant Le Barbizon

    Barbizon may not look like much, but it's a fabulous place. Marie-Ange helms the kitchen, whipping up traditional Mauritian flavours from her family's cookbook, while Rico L'Intelligent (what a name!) entertains at the tables. He doesn't give you a menu. Instead, he offers a feast of rum punch, rice, five vegetables, and fish or chicken.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Pretoria

    Fermier

    Some of South Africa's best contemporary cooking is being served in a large mud-walled and tin-roofed shed in the east of Pretoria. Chef Adriaan Maree conjures up a fabulous nine-course, three-hour-long culinary journey with an underpinning ethos of minimum food waste, sustainability and a celebration of fine local produce. The series of small, creative dishes is magnificent.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Johannesburg

    Calexico Vinyl Lounge and Restaurant

    A California-inspired Tex-Mex restaurant with a hint of craft beer and vinyl mixed in. The mix is delightful. The simple menu (nachos, ribs, sandwiches), the album covers, the neon signs, the Lucha Libre mural, and the sprawling outdoor seating area combine to make the best vibe in the 44 Stanley complex.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nairobi

    Carnivore

    Love it or hate it, Carnivore serves up Kenya's most famous nyama choma (barbecued meat) – it's been an icon for tourists, expats and wealthier locals for over 25 years. At the entrance is a huge barbecue pit laden with real swords of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and farmed game meats such as crocodile and ostrich. It's a memorable night out.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kasbah & Mellah

    Cafe Clock

    Little sister to the Fez original, Cafe Clock is housed in an old school with sunset views over the Kasbah from its rooftop. The food, including vegie options like quiche and seasonal couscous, is decent – tourists delight in the signature camel burger. However, its popularity rests on its packed calendar of cultural performances, which also attracts many young Marrakshis.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Amal Center

    So many restaurants in Marrakesh reflect poorly on local cuisine, but here you get the real home-cooking deal. And, happily, it's all for a good cause: the Amal Center is a nonprofit association that supports and trains disadvantaged Moroccan women in restaurant skills. Meals are served in a leafy courtyard garden, and the service is warm.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Southern Coast

    Roça São João

    This well-known restaurant, an ever-popular weekend drive from the capital, occupies a sprawling deck at a classic roça administrator's house, with valley views towards the sea. The food is a mélange of European, African and São Toméan tastes, but best when it sticks to creative takes on local fare, be it chicken or fish. The prix fixe menu makes choosing easy.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Johannesburg

    Yeoville Dinner Club

    Jo'burg's most memorable meal out is in this artily decorated cramped room with a balcony overlooking Rockey St, heart of the much-bad-mouthed, inner-city area of Yeoville. Sanza Sandile is your host and chef, and what an impression he makes both with his wonderful stories about the city and delicious mainly pan-African vegetarian dishes (there is fish).

  • Restaurants in Gueliz & Ville Nouvelle

    Al Fassia

    In business since 1987 and renowned for its all-female team, this stalwart of the Marrakesh dining scene is still considered one of the best. The menu champions the classics of Moroccan cuisine, including lesser-known tajines such as lamb with aubergine and beef with almonds and eggs, though we've had reports that service can be hit and miss. Reservations are essential.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kâat Ben Nahid & Bab Debbagh

    Le Trou Au Mur

    The menu at this classy yet laid-back contemporary restaurant is on the money with its mix of little-seen Moroccan dishes, fusion food and international crowd pleasers. Stay cool in the mod dining room or head to the rooftop for giant martinis, Berber shepherd's pie, mac and cheese or the house speciality of mechoui (slow-roasted lamb).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Nomad

    Nomad's multitiered rooftop is one of the medina's buzziest venues, particularly at night when its lanterns twinkle over Rahba Kedima. The small menu adds contemporary twists to North African ingredients and flavours, creating dishes such as Agadir calamari in a cumin-infused anchovy sauce or whole organic chicken with house-made harissa and chermoula. Vegetarian and vegan dishes, like cauliflower in ras-el-hanout spice and turmeric butter, are excellent.

  • Restaurants in Djemaa El Fna & Southern Central Medina

    Mechoui Alley

    Just before noon, the vendors at this row of stalls start carving up steaming sides of mechoui (slow-roasted lamb). Very little English is spoken, but simply point to the best-looking cut of meat, and ask for a nus (half) or rubb (quarter) kilo. The cook will hack off falling-from-the-bone lamb and hand it to you with fresh-baked bread, cumin and salt.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Johannesburg

    Breezeblock

    The designers have a done a grand job transforming this old Chinese restaurant into a pastel-shaded haven of mid-century cool amid the gritty 'burb of Brixton. Many come here for its delicious breakfast dishes, which include tempting options such as huevos rancheros and baked pancakes, but find themselves lingering over coffee, seduced by the appealing atmosphere.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Antananarivo

    La Varangue

    One of the best addresses in the city for real gourmet cuisine, La Varangue serves an elaborate melange of French gastronomy and Malagasy flavours. Meals are served either in the beautiful dining room, with its low lighting and fabulous antique collection, or on the terrace, which overlooks a charming garden. Booking is advised.

  • Restaurants in Mouassine & Central Souqs

    Beats Burger

    It's a sign of the times in Mouassine to find a gourmet burger joint sitting snug amid the souqs. This neat French-owned restaurant, with floor-to-ceiling windows for prime souq-noseying and a tiny four-table roof terrace, serves juicy prime beef patties (or chicken or fish) with tongue-in-cheek, music-themed names such as 'Notorious Beats' and 'Let it Beat'.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hammamet

    Resto L'Ommima

    This delightful diner, where gingham red-and-white tablecloths clash with traditional North African tiles, is worth seeking out even (and especially) if you have full-board lodgings. Even if you think you've sampled local grub, L'Ommima's home-made meals are miles above standard Tunisian offerings. The menu, written on a streetside chalkboard, changes daily, with options that've included fish-soup starters and stuffed sheep's stomach with couscous.