Djibouti

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Top things to do

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Djibouti

Abourma Rock Art Site

This superb archaeological site features well-preserved rock engravings dating back to Neolithic times, which are striking both for their rich complexity and their incredible variety. Many of the engravings...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Djibouti

Decan

Weary of the hustle and bustle of Djibouti City? Have a soft spot for endangered species? The well-organised wildlife refuge Decan is about 10km south of Djibouti City (in Douda, on the road to Somaliland), an...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Djibouti

Les Allols

It does not get the hype of the iconic Lac Assal and Lac Abbé, but Les Allols depression is one the most spectacular natural sites in the Horn. The landscape is an extraordinary geological showcase of faults,...

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...

Top ChoiceJuice 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...

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...

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,...

Area in Djibouti City

European Quarter

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...

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...