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Top Choice Open-Air Restaurant in Abomey

Chez Delphano

This delightful maquis is a winner. Marguerite prepares exquisite Beninese cuisine in a jovial atmosphere. She also prepares crêpes in the morning, with freshly ground coffee and a mountain of fruit. Yum! Chez Delph…
Top Choice European in Route des Pêches

Bab's Dock

The hidden gem near the Route des Pêches is this secluded retreat on the edge of the lagoon. Almost everything is made of local wood – the tables, the bar, the deck. You can swim in the shallow (but somewhat murky)…
Top Choice Bar in Cotonou

Jammin Bar

This hip, convivial bar with an open-air terrace is a great spot to swill a beer or two before hitting the clubs. The crowd ranges from expats to well-heeled locals. Also serves good food.
Top Choice French in Cotonou


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 ou…
Top Choice Open-Air Restaurant in Cotonou

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 …
French in Cotonou

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 specialities as well as pancakes and sandwiches.
African in Cotonou

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 actio…
Chinese in Cotonou

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…
African in Cotonou

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 godsen…
Bar in Cotonou

Le Livingstone

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.