Top things to do

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 …
French in Yamoussoukro

Le Brennus

Part of Le Brennus hotel, this restaurant offers anything from simple omelettes to steamed lobster.
African in Yamoussoukro

Maquis le Jardin

More upmarket and expensive than the other maquis clustered by the lake – the excellent food here makes it worthwhile.
Pizza in Yamoussoukro

A La Bella Pizza

Serves great pastas, crêpes and local fare, as well as its namesake pizzas.