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Top Choice African in Abidjan

Bushman Café

This rooftop terrace restaurant is number-one for gastronomic delights in Abidjan, drawing locals from across the city to come and dine under the stars. The menu is simple and focused on local flavour, and it's perf…
Top Choice Gallery in Abidjan

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury

An absolute trove of African contemporary art, this cubical, 600-sq-metre gallery features the best of the continent's artists, from sculpture and painting to photography. Check the website for individual exhibition…
Top Choice African in Abidjan

Le Nandjelet

Tucked away in Blokosso (opposite the cemetery), this enchanting local spot offers good kedjenou (slowly simmered chicken or fish with peppers and tomatoes) and Ivoirian escargot (snails). Make a beeline for one of …
Top Choice Lebanese in Abidjan

Le Mechoui

In an elegant setting that overlooks the lagoon, Le Mechoui serves fantastic Lebanese food. All the ingredients are fresh, the taste is top-notch, and the choice of the meze is simultaneously authentic and imaginati…
Top Choice African in Abidjan

Aboussouan

Take Côte d'Ivoire's best maquis dishes, ask top chefs to prepare them and add fine, innovative touches – that's Aboussouan. Foodie heaven, and there's an excellent wine list too.
Historic Building in Abidjan

Hôtel Ivoire

Every middle-class Abidjani holds a dear memory of Hôtel Ivoire. Built in 1963 by Israeli architect Moshe Mayer, it was the place in town to go ice skating and see a movie (the cinema still stands, though the ice ri…
National Park in Côte d'Ivoire

Parc National de Taï

Parc National de Taï, a primary rainforest and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1982, is one of West Africa's largest reserves for wildlife. Visitors can enjoy hiking treks through the rainforest and witness the m…
Notable Building in Abidjan

La Pyramide

Some of the buildings of Le Plateau are as breathtaking up close as from a distance. La Pyramide, designed by the Italian architect Rinaldo Olivieri and built between 1970 and 1973, was the first daring structure an…
Church in Yamoussoukro

Basilica

Yamoussoukro's spectacular basilica will leave you wide-eyed. Based on the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican and designed by Lebanese architect Pierre Fakhoury, it was constructed between 1985 and 1989, with Itali…
Notable Building in Yamoussoukro

Presidential Palace

The presidential palace, where Houphouët-Boigny is now buried, can only be seen from afar, but visitors come to see the sacred crocodiles that live in the lake on its southern side. The keeper tosses them some meat …