Liberia

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Liberian English, Bassa, Mende, Vai, Kpelle.

Top things to do

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...

Mountain in Liberia

Mt Nimba

Mt Nimba

Beautiful Mt Nimba is Liberia's tallest peak, 1362m above sea level, and you can feasibly climb it if you have a few days on your hands (it's a rewarding way to beat the heat of Monrovia). You can camp along the...

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...

Island in Marshall

Monkey Island

This small archipelago is home to chimpanzees that were evacuated from a hepatitis research lab during the war. Enquire in town about the most up-to-date options for viewing the island and chimps from a canoe...

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...

Asian in Harper

Pak Bat

There's great South Asian food to be had at Pak Bat, the Pakistani UN peacekeepers' battalion, so long as you're prepared to hang with pretty much only NGO workers.

Liberian in Harper

Jade's

Jade's (or Sweet Baby, as some locals lovingly call it) serves fish, chicken and rice, as well as sandwiches and pizzas if the delivery truck has brought supplies.

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.

National Park in Zwedru

Sapo National Park

Sapo National Park

Sapo, Liberia's only national park, is a lush 1808-sq-km tract containing some of West Africa's last remaining primary rainforest. Within it lurk forest elephants, pygmy hippos, chimpanzees, antelopes and other...

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...

Lighthouse in Harper

Cape Palmas Lighthouse

This lighthouse can be climbed for an outstanding panoramic view of the cape. Although no longer functional, it's on a UN base, so get permission first, and don't attempt to scale the small, slippery steps during...

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...

Plantation in Marshall

Firestone Rubber Plantation

This is the world's largest rubber plantation, which is leased from the government on a controversial 99-year plan. You can view how rubber is processed (not official tours, just ask at the entrance and they will...

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...