Top things to do

Top ChoiceMuseum in Yaoundé

Musée de la Blackitude

If time is short, give the overpriced National Museum a miss, and take a passionately well-informed tour (French only) of this private collection. It’s a homage to Cameroon’s tribal heritage, in particular the...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Yaoundé

Mefou National Park

A 45-minute drive south of Yaoundé, Mefou is run by Ape Action Africa, an organisation established to protect primates in Cameroon. Well-informed guides will show you gorillas, drills, chimps and mandrills living...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Yaoundé

La Paillote

This stylish Vietnamese restaurant has a charming shaded terrace and a smart dining room inside, both of which attract a loyal crowd of Yaoundé expats. The dishes are delicious and service is excellent. The iced...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Yaoundé

Institut Français

With a hip, graffitied exterior and a culturally buzzing interior, this is a relaxed spot to catch a film or music event, see an exhibition or have a drink or food at the in-house Café de France. There’s a good...

Patisserie in Yaoundé

Calafatas

Concealed in a synthetic wooden cabin but founded way back in 1935, this is Yaoundé’s best bakery, selling scrumptious madeleines, palmiers and croissants.

Cathedral in Yaoundé

Nôtre Dame Cathedral

The honking of Yaoundé's traffic merges with the sound of prayer and song at Nôtre Dame Cathedral. It's a bold triangular building, consecrated in 1955, with a stunning Afrocentric mosaic above the altar.

Arts Centre in Yaoundé

Goethe Institut

This German cultural institute runs an impress array of events, including film and documentary screenings, jazz, hip hop and slam-poetry nights, plus dance and drama performances.

Museum in Yaoundé

Musée National

Located in a grand white 1930s villa – a former presidential palace – the museum provides a thorough, if overpriced, trip through Cameroon's history. Guides in each room are eager to show you every artefact, the...

Market in Yaoundé

Marché Central

The market is housed in a dramatic brutalist building in central Yaoundé, with towering floors of fabric and garment sellers and a bank of tailors. It can feel overwhelming, but select some fabric, get measured...

International in Yaoundé

Le Sintra

With a friendly welcome, a faint whiff of colonial atmosphere and a pleasant screened terrace in the heart of Yaoundé, La Sintra does a full breakfast menu, Italian and Cameroonian cuisine, as well as delicious...

Square in Yaoundé

Place de l'Indépendance

A dramatic expression of independent Cameroon, this huge square is fronted by Yaoundé's Hôtel de Ville (town hall) and edged by flower beds and proudly African statues. The building of Afriland First Bank is a...

Museum in Yaoundé

Musée d'Art Camerounais

At the Benedictine monastery on Mt Fébé, north of Yaoundé's city centre, the Musée d'Art Camerounais has three exhibition rooms with an impressive collection of masks, bronze- and woodwork and other examples of...

Bakery in Yaoundé

Patisserie Select Plus

This bustling bakery near Yaoundé's cathedral sells a delicious line of freshly baked croissants, beignets (pastries) and sandwiches which you can consume at stand-up tables by the window. Other treats include...

Crêpes in Yaoundé

Le Biniou

Well located near the Afriland First Bank, in a gated enclosure with a terrace enclosed by greenery. Sweet and savoury pancakes are a speciality, as well as Cameroonian meat and fish dishes.

Chinese in Yaoundé

Chez Wou

One of Yaoundé's older Chinese restaurants, this one has nice tables set under a wide porch, and a comprehensive menu. It's good if you're ready for a change from Cameroonian food: try the ginger-and-garlic prawns.

Turkish in Yaoundé

Istanbul

Fresh and well-prepared Turkish food is served up swiftly at this smart terrace restaurant (with an even smarter inside dining room complete with white tablecloths and silver service). Takeaway is available.

Notable Building in Yaoundé

Afriland First Bank

Africa First Bank is a highlight of Yaoundé's Place de l'Indépendance, with its colourful mosaics depicting tribal figures and Egyptian scenes, and a metal gate with a mask motif.