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Top ChoiceAfrican in Libreville


This lovely colonial-style veranda restaurant in the heart of the Quartier Louis is very attractive. You'll find tempting dishes such as beef ndolé (a Cameroonian dish with peanuts, spices and ndolé bitter...

Top ChoiceFrench in Port-Gentil

Le Bistrot

Funky decor, friendly staff, a lovely garden terrace and a cool, chic interior make this the best find in Port-Gentil. Add to that the excellent food and it's hard to keep away. Try the succulent coupé-coupé...

French in Libreville

Le Voilier

A very smart restaurant, Le Voilier is kitted out like a ship, with wood panelling and brass instruments, and has a small terrace in the front. The food is excellent and there's a good wine list.

African in Libreville

Jacky Cochon

It's beside a prison, the decor is Rasta chic and your food is fixed by a charmer of a long-dredded musician who's been rearing pigs for years. Pork heaven: try the various delicious pork main courses, and don't...

European in Libreville

Le Bateau Ivre

The Bateau isn't drunken at all, in fact it's rather refined, with a huge glass window giving views over the open sea, a smart menu of sophisticated European gastronomy and a great wine list. This is the place...

Italian in Libreville

La Dolce Vita

Ocean views, a great bar, and fabulous seafood, pastas and pizzas make this local institution within the bustling passenger port a Libreville favourite. Good specials, friendly staff and huge portions keep people...

Seafood in Libreville

La Voile Rouge

The most popular of several beachside restaurants along Au Bord de Mer, La Voile Rouge is busiest for Sunday lunch. There are tables inside and on the beach, a cocktail bar, and a menu featuring lots of fish as...

Cafe in Libreville

Le Pelisson

This large place buzzes every day of the week when people drop in for the extensive breakfast menu or lunch (plat du jour CFA8000). In operation since 1928, it's a Libreville institution.

Cafe in Libreville

Palmier Doré

A popular coffee shop and bakery, this place has a lovely terrace just right for settling into an armchair and reading the newspaper over breakfast.

Seafood in Libreville

Chez Marie Qui Fait Chaud

Take a taxi to this Libreville institution (all cab drivers know the place). It isn't particularly atmospheric but Marie herself is a character. Her welcome is warm, and you'll eat very well indeed – choose...

European in Port-Gentil

Café du Wharf

This is a cavernous place with a large terrace at the front, overlooking the busy Vieux Port (Old Port). And it's an old favourite, serving reasonable pizzas of various sizes, fish brochettes, salads and even...

Cafe in Libreville

La Parisienne

This is a pleasant place for breakfast, serving coffee, croissants and cakes. It's large inside, and has a few tables and bar stools outside, too. The pains au raisins (raisin Danish) are superb!