Top things to do

Top Choice Cathedral 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 1887…
Top Choice African 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 or …
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 websit…
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 beer:…
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 fro…
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 starter…
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 insid…