Top things to do

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 Film in Ouagadougou


Going strong since 1969, this world-renouned festival, held biennially, 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 is the place to enjoy Burkinabé staples such as poulet kedjenou (slow-cooked chicken with peppers and tomatoes) or attiéké (grated cassava).
Top Choice Bar in Ouagadougou

Bar K

Bar K is all about its vast roof terrace: order a cold beer or cocktail, sink into one of the sofas and enjoy the music under a canopy of stars and fairy lights.
North African in Ouagadougou

Chez Tante Propre

Some of the more rustic places stay open as late as there are customers. Chez Tante Propre is a wildly popular hole in the wall where they turn out yogurt sandwiches and simple rice dishes.
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…
Market in Ouagadougou

Marina Market

Great selection of groceries and long opening hours.
Live Music in Ouagadougou


A pleasant watering hole by day and live music venue by night (especially traditional music), with bands every night from 8pm.
Museum in Ouagadougou

Musée de la Musique

You don't need to be into music to enjoy this excellent museum: the Burkinabé live and breathe music and a visit to the museum serves as a great introduction to Burkinabé culture. At the time of writing, the museum …
Gifts & Souvenirs in Ouagadougou


A gorgeous boutique, with a combination of eclectic African art, textiles, clothing and carvings.