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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

Market in Bissau


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...

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...

Carnival in Bissau


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...

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...

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...

Portuguese in Bissau

La Padari Africana

Like most restaurants in the city, it doesn't look like much from the outside, and service is slow. However, the fish and beef brochets can be recommended. It's next to the old football stadium, Estádio Lino...

Portuguese in Bissau

Almagui Restaurante

The Portuguese owner has created a relatively serene space, far from the centre on the way out to the airport. Food quality tends to vary. Popular with meetings and parties, so not always open to the public.

Club in Bissau


Guineans and expats head to Saboura to dance to Guinean and African beats until the sun comes up. The place is usually teeming on Thursday nights. Saboura is in the Pilom neighbourhood.

Club in Bissau


At X (pronounced 'sheesh') Club, join the odd assembly of hard-working UN staff, shady businessmen and sparkling party folk on their glitzy trip through the night.

Club in Bissau


Get lost among the plastic palm trees and plastic people at Insónias, a bizarrely decorated club popular with the NGO and UN crowd at weekends.

African in Bissau

Restaurant Samaritana

It's made from a cut-out container and buzzes with Guineans of all ranks and incomes, all eager to sample Mamadou's reliably delicious meals.

Performing Arts in Bissau

Centre Culturel Franco-Bissao-Guinéen

This bright, modern centre houses a library/workspace, an art gallery, a performance space and a small cafe. There are regular performances by dance and theatre groups and the centre hosts film screenings. The...

Fortress in Bissau

Fortaleza d'Amura

Surrounded by imposing, if decomposing stone walls, this fort, originally built in 1753, is the headquarters of the Guinean military and off-limits to visitors. After dark, exercise caution when walking past the...