Top things to do in Brazzaville

Top Choice International in Brazzaville

Mami Wata

Hands down Brazza's best restaurant, the 'Mermaid' has the best and breeziest river terrace in town, and attracts a wealthy crowd of locals and expats with its Italian- and French-leaning menu. It has an excellent v…
Congolese in Brazzaville


This excellent restaurant offers Congolese, Senegalese and European dishes from its very unlikely location on a sandy backstreet of a Brazza suburb.
Viewpoint in Brazzaville

La Corniche

This wonderful modernised embankment is a great place for a stroll, and affords fantastic views over the Congo River to Kinshasa, looming in the distance. La Corniche ends at the massive Pont du 15 août 1960, a bran…
Arts Centre in Brazzaville

Institut Français du Congo

Superb open-to-all cultural centre (previously known as Centre Culturel Français) hosting art and photo exhibitions, live music, dance and a cinema. Also has a cheap snack bar/restaurant and a good shop selling loca…
Chinese in Brazzaville

Mian Mian Ju Dao

This cheap and cheerful Chinese noodle place in the centre of Brazzaville is a great place for a good-value meal. We recommend the excellent beef noodles. There's no sign in English – look for the Mandarin.
Viewpoint in Brazzaville

Les Rapides

These wide and powerful rapids on the Congo River can be viewed on the outskirts of Brazzaville. Most people observe the rapids from the nearby bar Site Touristique Les Rapides, but the best viewing is at the other …
Cathedral in Brazzaville

Basilique Sainte-Anne

This modernist 1949 building was the crowning achievement of French architect Roger Erell, who was known for fusing Western architectural ideas with local building techniques. It's easily one of the city's most stri…
Congolese in Brazzaville


The menu at this popular restaurant is something of a formality – nearly everyone comes for the speciality, poulet satanique, juicy cuts of barbecued chicken with a suitably hot sauce, which earns the dish its rathe…
French in Brazzaville

Ô Sympathic

About as French as you can get, including a strutting chef who regularly inspects the tables to ensure everyone is appreciating the food as fully as possible, Ô Sympathic is beloved by expats, who pack its terrace e…
Bakery in Brazzaville

La Mandarine

Serves some of Brazzaville's best espresso and has an impressive array of freshly baked croissants and pastries, which means it's very busy around breakfast time and in the mid-afternoon.