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.
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.
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).
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…
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.
Bobo's gourmet address is wrapped around an exotic garden and art gallery. The restaurant serves delicious spiced-up French cuisine; it also has one of the finest wine cellars in Burkina. All this class comes at a p…
Bobo's best live music venue, with an excellent sound system, a big stage, a fab garden and a fantastic program of Burkinabé and African artists (music mostly but also dance and theatre).
This brilliant initiative, a women's cooperative, recycles the millions of black sachets handed out with purchases across Burkina into chic handbags, wallets and other accessories.
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.
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.