Top ChoiceAfrican 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...

Top ChoiceEthiopian 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...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Banfora

Le Calypso

Run by the same jovial Franco-Burkinabé family as Le Calypso hotel, this popular restaurant is a wonderful place for tasty, slow-cooked fish, marinated steak and pizzas. The homemade juices are highly recommended.

Top ChoiceFusion in Bobo-Dioulasso

La Canne d'Or

This villa-style eatery, with its African decor and riot of fairy lights, serves French fare with an African twist. House faves include frogs' legs and a great grill selection (kebabs, steak, Nile perch etc)....

Top ChoicePizza 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.

French in Bobo-Dioulasso

L'Eau Vive

L'Eau Vive offers imaginative French cooking and a varied menu. Try the fresh mango juice – it's absolutely delightful. It's the sister venue of the restaurant of the same name in Ouagadougou, and is also run by...

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...

African in Bobo-Dioulasso


With an open-air terrace, great prices and a wide-ranging menu specialising in African dishes, Mandé is an excellent deal. If you just eat riz sauce (rice with sauce) or couscous and drink tamarind juice, you'll...

African in Bobo-Dioulasso

Restaurant Dankin

Sister restaurant to Mandé, Dankin serves a loyal base of local customers, who come for the simple West African dishes – riz gras or riz arachide (rice with a peanut sauce) – delicious fresh juices and Brakina...

French in Ouagadougou

L'Eau Vive

This Ouagadougou institution is run by an order of nuns and promises an air-conditioned haven from the clamour outside; there's also a garden dining area out the back. French staples are served, and 'Ave Maria'...

Cafe in Ouagadougou


The Institut Français' gorgeous restaurant is a lovely spot for lunch: sit in colourful raffia chairs under the modern paillote (straw awning) and tuck into brochettes (grilled meat or fish cubes on a stick),...

African in Ouagadougou

Chez Tanti Propre

You'll find no cheaper place for a sit-down meal in the city centre. Order a riz gras (rice with a tomato sauce), a tô (millet- or sorghum-based pâte) or an alloco (fried plantain) prepared grandma-style. Perfect...

Burgers in Banfora


This cool den off the main drag boasts an inviting covered terrace and a vividly decorated interior. It churns out a good range of satisfying dishes, including its famous hamburger frites (burger with fries) and...

African in Pô

La Pyramide

This maquis (open-air restaurant) on the main street is a Pô institution, with regal service and delicious daily specials (grilled chicken, couscous, macaroni etc).

African in Gaoua & Lobi Country

Le Flamboyant

One of the town's better maquis, right in the centre of town; expect the usual rice or tô (millet- or sorghum-based pâte) with sauce.

African in Niansogoni

Campement de Niansogoni

Meals and cold Brakina beer are available in a lovely garden setting. It's a great place to meet local people over food and drinks.

Supermarket in Bobo-Dioulasso

Marina Market

Great range of grocery items – ideal for stocking up ahead of picnics and bus journeys.