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Top Choice Italian in Djibouti City

Time Out

You wouldn't know it from the street, but Time Out is one of the most enticing places in town for tasty Italian and Ethiopian food (the owner is Ethiopian-Italian). Savour palate-pleasing pizzas, pastas, steaks or s…
Top Choice Yemeni in Djibouti City

Mukbassa Central – Chez Youssouf

In business for ages, this Djibouti City icon is famous for one thing and one thing only: poisson yemenite (oven-baked fish). It's served with a chapati-like bread and a devilish mokbasa (purée of honey and either d…
Top Choice French in Djibouti City

Café de la Gare

Dining at this upscale gourmet restaurant is a treat. The elegant dining room is decorated with earthy tones and classy furniture, and Café de la Gare is justly revered for its refined French-inspired cuisine with a…
Top Choice Ethiopian in Djibouti City

La Terrasse

This place has plenty of character and serves up good Ethiopian food as well as pasta and sandwiches at puny prices. It occupies a rooftop, with a moodily lit dining area and an open kitchen – not to mention the hea…
Top Choice Juice Bar in Djibouti City

Jus de Fruits Chez Mahad

Ah, Mahad and its oh-so-smooth, oh-so-thick fruity concoctions (over 45 varieties)! Grab a seat outside and watch the world go by. Also serves tea, coffee and pastries.
Yemeni in Djibouti City

Restaurant National – Chez Hamdani

This perennial favourite specialises in poisson yemenite (oven-baked fish). There are no menus; just choose your glistening beastie (usually sea bream, grouper or barracuda) in the fridge and it’s barbecued a la Yem…
Area in Djibouti City

African Quarter

The vast Place Mahmoud Harbi (aka Pl Rimbaud), which is dominated by the minaret of the great Hamoudi Mosque, Djibouti City’s most iconic building, is considered the real soul of the city. Eastward, the chaotic Quar…
Harbour in Djibouti City

L’Escale

In the early evening, the walk along the causeway northwest of the centre makes a very pleasant stroll. The Moorish-inspired presidential palace (not open to the public) marks one end, the harbour of L’Escale, the o…
Area in Djibouti City

European Quarter

The focal point of the European Quarter is Place du 27 Juin 1977 (Place Ménélik). With its whitewashed houses and Moorish arcades, this vast square is a strange mix of the Arab and the European. It’s lined with café…
Seafood in Djibouti City

La Mer Rouge

Seafood, seafood and seafood – that’s all that matters at La Mer Rouge, Djibouti City’s premier address for crustaceans and fish. The menu revolves around whatever happens to flop onto the quayside. If they’re on of…