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Top ChoiceInternational in Monrovia

Evelyn's

This is hands-down Monrovia's favourite spot for lunch and early-evening cocktails. Evelyn's offers upmarket Liberian dishes (such as palm butter and rice), American mains including sandwiches, and an...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Monrovia

Hotel Ducor

Hotel Ducor

Originally built by the now-defunct Pan Am Airlines, this former luxury hotel and site of key political meetings is now a decayed but stunning colonial ruin. It is one of the city's most popular tourist...

Top ChoiceClothing in Monrovia

KaSaWa

A fair-trade initiative that brings together designers and producers from Robertsport. The assortment includes colourful bags and clothes. The group often funds local charities – ask what's currently on its radar...

International in Monrovia

Golden Beach

Life in Liberia doesn't get better than this. Exhale, kick off your shoes and start your evening here, where tables sink into the sand and sunsets dip behind gin and tonics. Nobody's in a hurry here, including...

Bar in Monrovia

Lila Brown's

Lila B's is an elegant duplex bar nestled between the Mamba Point Hotel and the Atlantic, set in an old colonial home. Downstairs there's a food menu and a party vibe on weekend nights. Climb the wooden staircase...

Art in Monrovia

Leslie Lumeh

Leslie sells his watercolour and acrylic paintings and is the go-to source of info on the Liberian contemporary art scene. He does not have a gallery per se but give him a ring if you want to see his work and he...

Market in Monrovia

Waterside Market

Waterside Market

Chaotic Waterside Market offers almost everything for sale, including colourful textiles, shoes, leather goods and pottery, all with a dose of foul smells and lots of noise. Haggle hard, smile, and embrace raw...

Liberian in Monrovia

Sweet Lips

This firm favourite is said to serve up the very best Liberian food in town – try the excellent fufu (puréed, fermented cassava) and palm butter.

Bar in Monrovia

Tides

Wicker armchairs and loveseats line the wide veranda at the oceanfront Tides, where you get views with style. Inside, find the cocktail list scribbled on a blackboard (try the bissap margarita), a pool table and...

Lebanese in Monrovia

Sajj House

Lebanese meze, cheese-and-spinach pies, sandwiches and pizzas are served beneath the awnings of a large traditional Liberian garden hut. Popular with salsa-dancing expats on Friday nights, Sajj has a fully...

Museum in Monrovia

Liberia National Museum

Liberia National Museum

The museum's collection was depleted during the war years, but renovations (always ongoing) have created space for photo and art exhibitions as well as the ethnic and historical exhibits. Check out founding...

Casino in Monrovia

Palm Spring Resort

Friday nights at the Palm Spring Resort in Congo Town herald live music in the bar, before the mass exodus into the casino, where the younger generations of Liberia's political elite mingle with Russian...

Lebanese in Monrovia

Embassy Suites

The friendly staff at Embassy Suites (also a good hotel) will bring over bowls of popcorn before you start your meal. On the menu is a mix of Lebanese and American dishes, including fresh salads, steaks and...

Ice Cream in Monrovia

Shark's Ice Cream

Head here for American-dreamt, Liberia-made ice cream. There are usually a handful of flavours on offer, such as chocolate and passion fruit, although many regulars swear by the creamy vanilla. There's also a...

Ethiopian in Monrovia

Bishoftu

For a change from Monrovia's plethora of American, Lebanese – and of course Liberian – restaurants, there's Ethiopian restaurant Bishoftu in Sinkor, which has an outdoor courtyard. The injera (flatbread) is...

Liberian in Monrovia

Blue House

A smart restaurant serving creative dishes made from local ingredients, a glam cocktail bar, and the occasional live-jazz act, Blue House fits the bill for a date or special evening. In the furthest part of Congo...

Bar in Monrovia

Jamal's Boulevard Cafe

This Sinkor institution comes alive on weekend nights, and has drinks specials, karaoke, quiz nights and special events. There's also food, including good pizza (call ahead for delivery), and wi-fi. Sunday...

Historic Building in Monrovia

EJ Roye building

Once the most important structure in the capital, this 10-storey building fell into ruin during the Liberian coup. Attempts to rebuild have, so far, not materialised, but for now, even in its wrecked state, it's...

Seafood in Monrovia

Silver Beach snack stand

This snack stand with a few tables is one of the best around. It serves up platters of grilled grouper, shrimp and lobster, and on Sundays there's dancing (mainly to salsa and reggae, but anything goes and the...

Bar in Monrovia

JR's Beach Bar

Take any one of the beach tracks from Mamba Point Rd and you'll stumble upon JR's Beach Bar, which serves up drinks and views with good vibes and fun. If it's full, there's a cluster of other bars nearby that...