Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Douala

Marché des Fleurs

A huge, atmospheric complex of roofed stalls selling crafts from around Cameroon, but mainly the grasslands region. You can buy wonderful masks, baskets, jewellery, batik clothes and tablecloths. On the airport-road…
Top Choice International in Douala

La Fourchette

A smart and tasteful option, La Fourchette's menu is out of this world if you're used to the more normal Cameroonian choice of chicken or fish. Here you'll find steak tartare, grilled zebu fillet, goat's-cheese ravi…
European in Douala

Foyer du Marin

It's worth making a diversion for the nightly grill at this hotel; great kebabs, steaks, chicken, seafood dishes and juicy German sausage are all well prepared, and served up by the friendly staff at poolside tables…
Arts Centre in Douala

Institut Français

A popular creative space for theatre, dance, movies, debates and workshops. It also runs a Nuit Blanche program, and dance and music festivals. Get a drink or a coffee here, and eat at the Café de France.
Cafe in Douala

Café des Palabres

Housed inside a 1905 colonial German residence, this charming cafe-restaurant on Bonanjo's main square has a great garden terrace perfect for an evening drink, as well as a cool interior with a full menu and an inte…
African in Douala

Saga African Restaurant

Atmospheric and upmarket, the Saga offers an interesting mix of African dishes with some local classics, such as ndole (a dish made with bitter leaves similar to spinach and flavoured with smoked fish), plus pizza, …
Museum in Douala

Espace Doual'art

Well worth dropping into if you're nearby in Douala, this contemporary art space hosts changing displays of work from all over Cameroon and the rest of Africa. There's a cafe here too, and it's a good introduction t…
Bakery in Douala

Zepol

The best and most stylish takeaway patisserie and boulangerie (bakery) in town, founded 1968. The wood-lined interior is decorated with carnival masks. There's also a small supermarket here.
Bakery in Douala

Le Glacier Moderne

A central breakfast spot serving fresh juices, pastries, omelettes and coffees. There's an ice-cream counter, a gilded zebra-patterned screen and a stylish wooden gallery.
Cathedral in Douala

Cathedral

Built in 1936, Douala's cathedral is impressively large, though plain inside and out.