Best restaurants in Mali

  • Restaurants in Timbuktu

    Bar Restaurant Amanar

    Our favourite restaurant in Timbuktu, Amanar has a mellow atmosphere with a soundtrack of Malian blues (think Ali Farke Touré and Tinariwen), chilled and friendly waiters and a small and intimate garden. They do all the travellers' staples, but the soups are outstanding. Right outside the door stands the Flamme de la Paix monument and the Sahara. From Thursday to Saturday, they stay open late as a lively bar with a DJ from 22:30.

  • Restaurants in Bamako

    San Toro

    The décor here is charmingly African and the specialties are quality Malian dishes (the poulet au coco is especially good), which can take a while to appear, but are always worth the wait. There's no alcohol, but there are tasty fruit juices. In the evenings from around 20:00, there's live kora music.

  • Restaurants in Bamako

    Le Compagnard

    Top marks for this place. High-quality French cooking, French wines and a switched-on ambience ensure plenty of regular customers among the expat community. The salad bar is a nice touch, and the wood-fired pizzas are as good as you'll find in Bamako.

  • Restaurants in Gao

    Bellàh Rôtisserie

    Around the Grand Marché you can get coffee and bread in the mornings, and street food in the evenings (check out the excellent local sausages). Rotisseries are found all over Gao - Bellàh Rôtisserie is worth a try.

  • Restaurants in Bamako

    Café Restaurant la Casa

    In Bamako Coura, this is a fine, relaxed backpacker hang-out opposite the Mission Catholique; their spaghetti, couscous and ragout dishes contain the freshest ingredients, but if you want meat you'll need to order in advance.

  • Restaurants in Djenné

    Restaurant le Fleuve

    Restaurant le Fleuve offers simple Malian dishes which are best ordered in advance.

  • Restaurants in Mopti

    Restaurant Baramuso

    This is the place for a wonderful cheap lunch in the centre of town.