Best restaurants in Djibouti

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    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 Yemeni: the whole thing is sliced in half, smacked against the walls of a fire pit and baked to a black crisp.

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    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 shiro (beans served with injera) – all fresh and homemade. Something sweet to finish? Try the luscious tiramisu or chocolate mousse. The upstairs lounge feels super cosy.

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    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 dates or banana). The colourful, wooden building feels a bit ramshackle, but that’s part of the experience. Dessert (pancakes) is extra (DFr400). No alcohol is served.

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    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 bow to local ingredients. Highlights include magret aux girolles (duck with mushrooms), beefsteak and king prawns. Another draw is the cosy cocktail bar upstairs.

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    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 heady scents of incense. If only it was licensed!

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    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 offer, plump for the gambas feta (king prawns with feta cheese) or splash out on a supersized seafood platter. It's near the airport.

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    La Chaumière

    This popular joint overlooking the main square serves well-prepared French favourites as well as a good selection of Chinese dishes and sandwiches. The decor is easy on the eye, with a thoughtful blend of rustic and modern touches. You can also dine alfresco on the agreeable terrace. Oh, and it’s open for lunch on Friday (an exception in Djibouti City).

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    Restaurant Saba

    This Yemeni-run institution serves well-prepared fish and meat dishes without fuss. Some reliable choices are skewered fish, fillet of barracuda, camel steak and poisson yemenite. There are some good pastas and salads (from DFr800), which will gladden vegetarian hearts, as well as superb fruit juices (from DFr250). Also does takeaway.

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    Le Pizzaiolo

    Feast on palate-blowing Italian specialities in this zingy trattoria-like venue. The menu roves from faultlessly cooked pizzas to pasta and from salads to meat dishes. A homemade pie or a chocolate mousse will finish you off sweetly. It also does takeaway, and there's a bar section. And yes, it's open on Friday – a rarity in Djibouti City.

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    Melting Pot

    If you have a sashimi or yakitori craving that must be met while in Djibouti, head to cute and cosy Melting Pot for authentic Japanese food. The menu also features French classics, burgers and camel steak (yes!). Another draw is the setting, with a wonderfully overgrown garden. It’s tucked away on a little side street in Îlot du Héron.

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    Le Mosaic

    Inside the Sheraton Djibouti Hotel, you’ll find a casually elegant restaurant that is noted for its lavish dinner buffets – don't miss the seafood buffet on Thursday and the oriental buffet on Tuesday. Lunch is a more relaxed affair, with a menu featuring salads, sandwiches and fish dishes. Prices include access to the swimming pool.

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    Restaurant L’Historil

    Subdued lighting, cosy surrounds, a soothing blue colour scheme and an ample selection of taste-bud-titillating specialities have made this restaurant one of the most popular in town for a fancy meal. Among the many winners are rib of beef, steak tartare, fillet of grouper and grilled kingfish. Tempting desserts, too.

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    L'Etoile de Kokeb

    This Ethiopian restaurant is a good initiation to the cuisine of neighbouring Ethiopia, with all the classics, including vegetarian dishes. European dishes, including beef fillet, also feature prominently. An exotic decor and a dance show (starting at 9pm) add to the pleasure of dining here.

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    Tentazioni

    If pastas, pizzas or creamy risotto make your stomach quiver with excitement, slide into this great Italian restaurant inside the Djibouti Palace Kempinski. It's also known for its great 'business lunch' buffet (DFr6800), which features a tempting selection of antipasti and desserts.

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    Couleur Café

    Unusually for Djibouti City, this cafeteria comes with a touch of character, created by its snug interior. It's a good place for a light meal any time of the day, with an eclectic menu featuring burgers, salads, chicken dishes and pancakes.

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    Bunna House

    Located right in the centre, this trendy cafeteria-cum-fast-food outlet is a handy spot for a cheap, uncomplicated, walk-in bite. Tuck into well made sandwiches, panini or burgers. The concise menu also includes pastries and pancakes.

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    Restaurant Vietnam

    This well-established restaurant serves an exquisite selection of authentic Vietnamese and Chinese dishes – those in the know claim that the pork chop suey is among the very best this side of the Rift Valley. Takeaway is available.

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    Nil Bleu

    A great place to quieten a growling stomach without breaking the bank, this busy Djiboutian place serves simple fish dishes, salads, rice and spags. It serves great shwarmas (kebablike dishes) in the evening too.

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    Casino

    This well-stocked supermarket has a good selection of wines and beers.

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    Restaurant Lac Assal

    Part of Djibouti Palace Kempinski hotel, this restaurant is renowned for its themed buffet meals. The Friday brunch is popular.