Top things to do in Yaoundé

Top Choice Museum 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 Grass…
Top Choice Nature 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 in…
Top Choice Vietnamese 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 cof…
Top Choice Arts 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 libr…
Patisserie in Yaoundé


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 mos…
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 up a…
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 Fren…