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Top things to do

Museum in Niamey

Musée National du Niger

The sprawling Musée National du Niger is one of West Africa's standouts. Numerous themed pavilions, each tipping their hat to Hausa architecture, give visitors a peek into Niger's present and past. The Pablo...

Italian in Niamey

Le Pilier

Hands down, this is the place for fine Italian fare. Enjoy a plethora of pastas, ranging from various raviolis to lasagne and even gnocchi dripping in gorgonzola. Dine in their air-con equipped lounge, within the...

International in Niamey

Le Diamangou

Put aside your fear and grumbling insides to walk the plank out to this established boat restaurant. The views can't be beat, and the lemon chicken and other fare aren't bad either. Like La Flottile, this place...

African in Niamey

La Flottile

The shady garden confines of this friendly restaurant, west of Palais du Congrés, are a perfect place to indulge in some of the Niger River's tastiest fish. The capitaine (Nile perch) is excellent. It's not...

Vietnamese in Niamey

Le Dragon d'Or

Slurp delicious Vietnamese pho (a noodle soup with coriander, bean sprouts and beef), sharpen your teeth on frog legs, or work your chopstick magic on tasty stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and fresh ginger....

Market in Niamey

Petit Marché

The Petit Marché is smack-dab in the centre of town and merits a visit. Self-caterers can go crazy, squeezing fruit and veg to their hearts content in this lively market. Remember where your wallet is when...

International in Niamey

La Cascade

With friendly service and great Italian, French and Lebanese fare, this restaurant is justifiably popular with expats, travellers and well-to-do locals. We'll let you decide which is cheesier, the delicious pizza...

Club in Niamey


Belting out African and European beats, this massive place is usually packed with locals (and the odd prostitute). Tear it up beneath the strobing red lights or stick your feet in the sand and chill out under the...

Lebanese in Niamey


This great Lebanese restaurant, with thatched garden pavilions and open-air ambience, has some of the best tabouleh and hummus in Niger. It's on the pricey side, but its large set meals for two people are decent...

Bar in Niamey

La Cloche

If you can get over the number of prostitutes and the glowing Christmas tree light-interior, this club (next to 2005) can be quite fun. There's a pool table and the music ranges from Arabic to Western.

Cinema in Niamey

American Cultural Center

Your only options for cinematic distraction are the American Cultural Center, which plays more mainstream Hollywood flicks, and the Centre Culturel Franco-Nigérien.

Food & Drinks in Niamey

Supermarket Haddad

Try to not leave nose marks on this well-stocked supermarket's cheese case, home to Edam, Brie and even Gouda with cumin seeds. Mmmmmm…cheese!

Club in Niamey


Reverberating with Western and African tunes, this lively club was the best place to cut loose on the dance floor when we were in town.

Gifts & Souvenirs in Niamey

Artisans' Centre

At the museum's Artisans' Centre, you can watch the creative process and purchase silver, leather and other items direct from artists.

Bar in Niamey


For a more African experience, head to this bar perched on the river behind the Piscine Olympique D'Etat (Olympic swimming pool).