Top things to do

Top Choice Film in Ouagadougou

Fespaco

Going strong since 1969, this world-renowned biennial festival (held in odd-numbered years) sees African films competing for the prestigious Étalon d'Or de Yennenga – Fespaco's equivalent of the Oscars.
Top Choice African in Ouagadougou

Maquis Aboussouan

This upmarket maquis (rustic, open-air restaurant) is the place to enjoy Burkinabé and Ivoirian staples such as poulet kedjenou (slow-cooked chicken with peppers and tomatoes) or attiéké (grated cassava). The ample,…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Ouagadougou

Chez Haregua

If you want to give your taste buds a sensuous treat, go for this Ethiopian choice – the excellent alicha doro (turmeric chicken) is served with the traditional, pancake-like injera bread and eaten by hand. The staf…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Ouagadougou

Village Artisanal de Ouaga

A government-run cooperative with a wide range of crafts, ideal for souvenir-shopping without the hard sell. If you're not a fan of bargaining to death and want to find real local handicrafts, this is the place to g…
Top Choice Pizza in Ouagadougou

Le Verdoyant

A favourite haunt of expats, the ultracentral Le Verdoyant is famous for its pasta, wood-fired pizzas and ice creams. Note that the mosquitoes are ferocious at night.
Top Choice Live Music in Ouagadougou

Petit Bazar

A pleasant watering hole by day and live music venue by night, with bands every night from 8pm. Especially popular are traditional music nights; go in, ask what's on, and join in the dancing.
Palace in Ouagadougou

Moro-Naba Palace

On Fridays at 7am the Moro-Naba of Ouagadougou – emperor of the Mossi and the most powerful traditional chief in Burkina Faso – presides over the Moro-Naba Ceremony at the palace. It's a formal ritual that lasts onl…
Fusion in Ouagadougou

Espace Gondwana

Espace Gondwana sports sensational decor, with four dining rooms richly adorned with masks and traditional furniture. The food impresses, too, with an imaginative menu that runs the gamut from frogs' legs and fish d…
Bar in Ouagadougou

De Niro

This jazz bar is a gem: the music is great, the decor original (with fab photos, posters and two beautiful pool tables), the terrace breezy and the service super friendly.
Art in Ouagadougou

SIAO

Biennial trade fair (held in even-numbered years) of reference for the arts and crafts sector in Africa – and a godsend for gem-hunting visitors.