Top things to do in Bissau

International in Bissau

Papa Loca

Fittingly, for a restaurant with hodgepodge decor, Papa Loca's large (and physically heavy) menu ranges far and wide: from omelettes and large thin-crust pizzas to regional specialities, to gelato for dessert. Slow …
French in Bissau

O Bistro

This Belgian-owned spot has all the right ingredients: excellent, reasonably priced mains, including good pasta, fresh catches, sautéed vegetables and crepes au chocolat; friendly service; a well-stocked bar; and a …
European in Bissau

Dom Bifana

Adjacent to Bissau's parliament building, this classy restaurant serves up more than just bifanas (Portuguese sandwiches). Expats and parliamentarians come for steak, finely grilled shrimp and divine desserts. It ha…
Portuguese in Bissau

Adega do Loureiro

This old-style Portuguese restaurant a short walk from Praça Ché Guevara is a great place to down carafes of red wine. The bacalau (salted flakes of cod) is salty and succulent, the pork chops are flavoursome and th…
International in Bissau

Kalliste Restaurant

Hotel Kalliste's crumbling poplant-lined courtyard buzzes at night, attracting everyone from tired UN lawyers to politicians, activists, international volunteers and mosquitoes. There's live music most evenings. The…
Market in Bissau

Bandim

Everything from fresh cherry tomatoes to oysters to black-and-white cloth embroidered with the image of Amílcar Cabral is for sale at Bissau's main market. It's sprawling and chaotic, lining the main artery out of t…
Carnival in Bissau

Carnaval

Bissau and Bubaque's Carnaval are the country's biggest parties. It takes place every year in February or early March during the week leading up to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Music, masks, drinking and…
Arts & Crafts in Bissau

Cabaz di Terra

Diagonally across from Ta Mar Restaurant is Cabaz di Terra, which stocks Guinean throws, handbags and jewellery. Part of the store is devoted to condiments such as jars of honey, corked cashew juice and Guinean-prod…
Arts & Crafts in Bissau

Centro de Arte Juvenil

Not only a good place to shop (prices are actually marked and there's no pressure to buy), but also a fine introduction to the arts and crafts of Guinea-Bissau's many ethnicities. Purchases help young trainees learn…
International in Bissau

Império Hotel Fast Food

There's no better meeting place than this casual eatery with alfresco dining on the city's central roundabout. Hamburgers, sandwiches, pizza and the like are served up quickly, as is a good selection of pastries and…