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 French 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 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 French in Bobo-Dioulasso

Le Saint-Germain

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…
Top Choice Live Music in Bobo-Dioulasso

Le Samanké

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).
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Bobo-Dioulasso


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.
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.