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Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Nouakchott

Zein Art

A gallery curating the very best work from Mauritanian artists and craftspeople. Periodically hosts exhibitions themed around art and artists in the region.

Top ChoiceMauritanian in Nouakchott

La Tissayade

Easily the restaurant with the best atmosphere in the city, La Tissayade is located in the shady front courtyard of Maison d'Hôtes Jeloua. Daily specials like vegetable quiche and a menu of beef, chicken, shrimp...

Port in Nouakchott

Port de Pêche

The Port de Pêche is Nouakchott's star attraction. Lively and colourful, you'll see hundreds of teams of mostly Wolof and Fula men dragging in heavy fishing nets. Small boys hurry back and forth with trays of...

Tunisian in Nouakchott

Café Tunisie

This cafe is fine for coffee and smoking a water pipe, plus good-value breakfasts – freshly squeezed orange juice, bread, jam, pastries, yoghurt, coffee and a bottle of mineral water. Mains, like merguez (spiced...

Steak in Nouakchott

Le Frisco

Choose from a long and varied list of mains on the whiteboard, from excellent steaks and burgers to ordinary spaghetti bolognese.

Fast Food in Nouakchott

Le Prince

Expanded and slightly upgraded from its previous hole-in-the-wall status, Le Prince, which can still claim to be Nouakchott's oldest restaurant, is a solid choice for big portions of fast food. Tuck into a cheese...

Cafe in Nouakchott

La Palmeraie Cafe & Bakery

Widely considered the best breakfast spot in the city. Enjoy a sit-down meal of crêpes or a set continental breakfast in a contemporary-style dining room, or pick up a croissant and other freshly baked pastries...

Mosque in Nouakchott

Grande Mosquée

Its slender minarets and sandy courtyards, where worshippers perform their ceremonial ablutions, makes the Grande Mosquée a notable landmark in the city centre. While not architecturally significant, at the very...

Performing Arts in Nouakchott

Institut Français Mauritanie

Pick up a program for the Institut from many hotels; it's an excellent place, and one of the only venues in town for concerts by local musicians, films, talks, art exhibitions and dance lessons. An outdoor cafe...

Seafood in Nouakchott


Known for its well-prepared seafood which you can hand-pick from a tank (lobster runs around UM6000) in a sunny, slightly tattered dining room. Live music Friday nights adds a lovely, if rare for Nouakchott,...

Football in Nouakchott

Stade Olympique

The largest football stadium in the country; also where locals go for a jog in the early evening. Locals report crowd control issues here for international matches.

Supermarket in Nouakchott

Atac el Khair

Located northeast of the centre, not exactly convenient for the short term traveller, Atac is the largest, most comprehensive grocery store in Nouakchott.

Gifts & Souvenirs in Nouakchott

Marché Capitale

You'll find a bit of everything at Marché Capitale, including brass teapots, silver jewellery, traditional wooden boxes and colourful fabrics.

Lebanese in Nouakchott

Le Manara

Known around town, at least within the expat community, as one of the best places for steak in Nouakchott. Also serves some Asian dishes.

Moroccan in Nouakchott

Savana Cafe

Groups gather in the pleasant back patio courtyard for a meal and hookah. Savana has a fairly large menu, with above-average pizzas.

Jewellery in Nouakchott

Artisans Market

A handful of small shops line the street here selling wooden boxes with silver inlays, daggers and jewellery.

Live Music in Nouakchott


Hosts regular classical and traditional music concerts.

Museum in Nouakchott

Musée National

Moderately worthwhile for anyone with an interest in Moorish culture. On the first level is a prehistoric gallery with archaeological exhibits while the second level is taken up with more recent ethnographic...

Mosque in Nouakchott

Mosquée Marocaine

The large Mosquée Marocaine is a precious landmark in this bustling area. Located south of Ave Abdel Nasser, towards the Cinquième Quartier.

Mosque in Nouakchott

Friday Mosque

Notable for its blindingly white facade. Visitors aren't permitted inside during prayer times.