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Djibouti City

Djibouti's capital is evolving at a fast pace, and there’s a palpable sense of change in the air. With plenty of good restaurants, clubs, bars and hotels, it's now the place in the Horn of Africa to treat yourself to a fine meal. It’s also the obvious city to organise forays into the fantastic hinterland, or boat excursions. Today's city is vastly different from the battered French outpost to which it was reduced in the 1980s and 1990s. Its geostrategic importance and busy port have turned Djibouti City into a thriving capital where robed Afar tribesmen, stalwart GIs and frazzled businessmen all jostle side by side.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Djibouti City.