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Top Choice Arts & 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 Choice Mauritanian 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 and…
National Park in Mauritania

Parc National du Banc d'Arguin

This World Heritage–listed park is an important stopover and breeding ground for multitudes of birds migrating between Europe and southern Africa, and as a result is one of the best birdwatching sites on the entire …
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 fish, …
National Park in Mauritania

Parc National Diawling

This little-known national park is a sister to the adjacent Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary in Senegal. It has important mangroves and acacia forest (any bit of greenery comes as a relief), as well as large coastal d…
Wildlife Reserve in Nouâdhibou

Réserve Satellite du Cap Blanc

A small nature reserve with an excellent information centre, dedicated to the colony of endangered Mediterranean monk seals (phoque moin) that live here. Resembling elephant seals, these grey-skinned animals have be…
Spanish in Nouâdhibou

Nomada

From the thick menus, smoky interior, heavy decor and equally weighty Spanish tortillas, Nomada is traditionally Iberian throughout. Service is friendly (and Spanish or English is also spoken) and the mains, ranging…
Historic Site in Ouadâne

Le Ksar al Kiali

As you arrive across the sands or plateau from Atâr or Chinguetti, the stone houses of Le Ksar al Kiali seem to tumble down the cliff. The top of the hill is dominated by the minaret of the new mosque, which is a me…
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 sau…
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.