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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

African in Atâr

Restaurant du Coin

This place is as down-at-heel as it gets, serving up great quantities of rice, fish and Senegalese mafé. It's always busy, and the food piping hot and delicious. From the rond-point head down the Chinguetti road...

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...

Cafe in Nouâdhibou

Restaurant-Pâtisserie Pleine Lune

Speedy service, decent cappuccinos and a good selection of pastries, make this place a popular, albeit poorly lit, spot for business meetings. At any other time of day, you can grab a pizza or sandwich for a...

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...

Moroccan in Nouâdhibou

Restaurant Oasis Tunisien

Moroccan owned (despite the name), this is a good-value spot for chicken and shwarma served up with fries and a small salad. If you can stand the sun, a few street-front tables are a pleasant spot for people-,...

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

Tafarit

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.