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Top ChoiceItalian 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...

Top ChoiceYemeni 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...

Top ChoiceFrench 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...

Top ChoiceEthiopian 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...

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...

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...

French in Djibouti City

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...

Seafood in Djibouti City

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...

Italian in Djibouti City

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...

Japanese in Djibouti City

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!)....

International in Djibouti City

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...

French in Djibouti City

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...

Ethiopian in Djibouti City

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...

Italian in Djibouti City


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...

Cafeteria in Djibouti City

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,...

Cafeteria in Djibouti City

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...

Vietnamese in Djibouti City

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....

Fast Food in Djibouti City

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.

Supermarket in Djibouti City


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

Buffet in Djibouti City

Restaurant Lac Assal

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