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Top ChoiceCathedral in Malabo

Catedrál de Santa Isabel

On the west side of the Plaza de España, this gracious, apricot-hued building is the most beautiful in the country. The architect, Llairadó Luis Segarra, had some input from Antonio Gaudí. Construction began in...

Top ChoiceAfrican in Malabo

L'Atelier

All wood, brick and leopard print, this modish restaurant is the place to be seen. There's a bar at the entrance and a cabaret lounge upstairs. The menu features African dishes including giant snails and chicken...

Arts Centre in Malabo

L'Institut Culturel d'Expression Française

All sorts of artistic endeavours are represented here, from debates to musical evenings, fashion shows, dance and art exhibitions. Both locals and visitors from France are represented. Find the program on the...

Pub in Malabo

Aviator Pub & Café

The Aviator is a stylish new pub, all dark green walls and some outside seating. There are sports screens, very popular karaoke on Thursdays and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. There's food to soak up the...

Arts Centre in Malabo

Centro Cultural de España en Malabo

This large cultural centre offers Spanish courses as well as a wide array of free events such as concerts, film, theatre and dance, exhibitions, a library and children's activities.The pleasant restaurant (mains...

Stadium in Malabo

Complejo Deportivo de Malabo

Built to co-host (with Gabon) the African Cup of Nations soccer competition in 2012, this stadium holds 15,250 fans. Regular matches are played here; tickets are available on-site.

Lounge in Malabo

L'Atelier Cabaret Lounge

Featuring rococo chairs, silver gilt and chandeliers, this 'cabaret lounge' is a great place to sip a cocktail and enjoy live music on weekends. There's no entry fee.

Club in Malabo

Bahia Sound Lounge

There's a great bar here and an open-air dance floor overlooking the sea. It's always popular though entrance and drinks prices are high.

Spanish in Malabo

Restaurant Babel

A challenge to find as it has no sign, this stylish restaurant is worth seeking out, particularly for lunch. The fish is excellent: try the bilolá – a local shellfish. Wok-cooked tofu and vegetables are good...

Cafe in Malabo

Délice de France

This Lebanese-owned place is perfect for breakfast. There's excellent coffee and delicious French croissants and pains au chocolat. Sit on the terrace and watch Malabo wake up or cool off in the frosty air-con...

International in Malabo

La Luna Complex

Superb sea views from the wide terrace complement the good food here. The menu is mostly French with a few African options. Try the barracuda or giant snails! There's a huge buffet on Sundays (CFA17,000) and a...

Arts & Crafts in Malabo

African crafts

Carved wooden crafts such as figurines and masks are on sale at the entrance to the Luna Complex.

Chinese in Malabo

Bantu Chinese Restaurant

English-speaking Nina owns this large, brightly lit restaurant with the obligatory red Chinese lanterns. There's a wide Cantonese menu: you can dine cheaply on chop suey fried rice (CFA4500) or go for the...

Notable Building in Malabo

Equatoguinean Cultural Centre

A bright yellow building on the main street, this centre is a lovely colonial building with large windows. It has a central atrium that serves as a performance area and gallery, and is worth visiting to see if...

French in Malabo

La Vie Est Belle

There's relaxed outdoor eating in the garden of the French Cultural Centre which is very popular with expats. Lunch options of pastas, sandwiches and tapas are good value at around CFA4000, and there's a daily...

Italian in Malabo

Restaurant Bidji Binia

'Food like mama makes' is what the name means, and she'd be proud of the pizzas. Pastas and salads are also on offer. There are two levels in the cool interior, and a pleasant terrace at the front. Staff are...

Lebanese in Malabo

Pizza Place

This huge place spreads over several floors, including a lounge with sports screen and a terrace with shisha. There's a wide Lebanese menu with dishes great for sharing and an enormous lunchtime buffet every day...

Notable Building in Malabo

Casa Verde

This deep green house was prefabricated in Belgium in the early 19th century and has recently been restored. It is a prominent landmark and is highly regarded in Malabo. Word is that it will become a museum.