Burkina Faso restaurants

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 European 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 Choice Fusion 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). Servic…
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.
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 nun…
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…
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 be …
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' is s…
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 beer.…