Best restaurants in Cotonou

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    L'Atelier

    Considered by some connoisseurs to be one of the most refined restaurants in town, with excellent French and fusion cuisine, and an ambience that's as optimal for business lunches as it is for a romantic evening out.

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    Chez Clarisse

    This small French restaurant, in a pretty residential area next to the US embassy, is a perennial favourite that churns out excellent French and local specialties, such as fish with moyo sauce, as well as pancakes and sandwiches.

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    Maman Aimé

    This is a super atmospheric Beninese maquis (rustic open-air restaurant) with little more than a few wooden benches and tables under a corrugated iron roof. Here you'll get a blob of pâte (starch staple, often made from millet, corn, plantains, manioc or yams) and ladle of sauce for next to nothin'. And yes, you'll eat with your fingers. There's no signboard; it's in a von (alleyway) off Pl de Bulgarie.

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    Chez Maman Bénin

    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.

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    Les Trois Mousquetaires

    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.

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    Maquis du Port

    Great-value local food. More an upmarket African eatery than a maquis, this hugely popular venture serves a good mix of local classics such as ndole (a stew made of leaves and nuts), salads, braised fish and meat stews. It's in a multistorey building overlooking the fishing harbour.

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    Chez Léa

    Fill up on poulet moyo at this crazily popular lunch joint set up under an awning and corrugated iron roof. Plates are piled high with chicken, aloko (fried plantain), fries, rice, peas and salad. Perfect for taking in the vibe from Cotonou's working crowd.

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    Hai King

    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 clientele – always a good sign.

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    Maquis Pili Pili

    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.

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    Boulangerie-Pâtisserie

    The bread, croissants, éclairs and cakes from this little bakery next to the Air France office can rival those of any French bakery.

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    La Pointe

    One of a number of good supermarkets around Marché Ganhi.