Top ChoiceIsland in Dakar

Île de N'Gor

Île de N'Gor

For a quick escape from the frenetic streets of Dakar, head to peaceful Île de N'Gor, a tiny island just off Dakar's north shore. It has a few calm beaches on the bay side, and some legendary surf on the northern...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Dakar

Musée Théodore Monod

The is one of Senegal's best museums. Exhibitions delve into African art and culture with over 9000 objects on display. Lively displays of masks and traditional dress from across the region (including Mali,...

Top ChoiceBar in Dakar

Phare des Mamelles

On the hilltop in front of Dakar's iconic lighthouse, this open-air bar draws a dance-loving crowd on Friday nights, when it hosts live music jams. On Saturday nights DJs rule the roost (the cover for either...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Dakar

Le Lagon I

Le Lagon I

Perched on stilts over the bay, Le Lagon is one of Dakar's top seafood spots, with a spread of culinary treasures – oysters, sea urchins, chargrilled fish, pastas with mixed seafood. You can dine outside on the...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Dakar

Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor

This spacious arts centre occupying a whole city block is one of the main hubs of cultural activity in Dakar. It features an open-air stage (a fantastic place to catch a live-music gig), a good cafe, and...

African in Dakar

Le Djembé

A block west of Pl de l'Indépendance, this inviting, colourful eatery is the whispered insider-tip for anyone in search of a filling platter of thiéboudienne (rice baked in a thick sauce of fish and vegetables)....

Live Music in Dakar

Just 4 U

If you only have time for one live-music venue, don't miss Just 4 U. The small stage of this outdoor restaurant has been graced by the greatest Senegalese and international stars, from jazz to rap to folk and...

Cocktail Bar in Dakar


Head upstairs to this stylish, open-sided drinking den near the beach for well-made cocktails, delicious sharing plates (including a tangy red tuna ceviche) and breezy views over the shore. There's also a...

International in Dakar

Le Bideew

In the cool shade of the garden of the Institut Français Léopold Sédar Senghor, this colourful arts cafe is perfect for a break from the city. The varied menu features vegetable curry, octopus salad, chargrilled...

International in Dakar

Estendera Vivier Beach

A charming little eatery with tables overlooking the crashing waves, Estendera has a small, well-executed menu of seafood, grilled meats and Italian plates. Start off with barracuda carpaccio, then move on to...

Lebanese in Dakar

Restaurant Farid

Squeezed between grey inner-city walls, this little oasis serves the best Lebanese meze in town, plus quality grilled meat and fish. You'll also find friendly service, courtyard dining and live music several...

Seafood in Dakar

Cabane du Pêcheur

One of Dakar's best fish restaurants serves freshly grilled treats, such as amberjack and dolphinfish, that you'll find hardly anywhere else in the city.

Memorial in Dakar

African Renaissance Monument

African Renaissance Monument

Allegedly Africa's highest statue, the African Renaissance Monument was unveiled in 2010 to commemorate Senegal's 50 years of independence from France. At 49m in height, it is taller than New York City's Statue...

Lighthouse in Dakar

Mamelles Lighthouse

Mamelles Lighthouse

A photogenic 1864 lighthouse graces the top of one of Dakar's few hills. It's worth making leisurely 20-minute walk, with sweeping views across the city and the water waiting at the top. Once there, you can visit...

International in Dakar

La Pointe des Almadies

This popular, breezy spot draws a mix of expats and locals, who come for a meal and perhaps a swim in the pool. There's a wide range of appetizers and a surprising medley of international dishes, from pizzas to...

Arts Centre in Dakar

Village des Arts

An arts tour around Dakar is simply not complete without a visit to this famous art complex, where some of Senegal's most promising and established painters, sculptors and multimedia artists create, shape and...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Dakar

Marché Kermel

The covered Marché Kermel, behind Ave Sarraut and within walking distance of Marché Sandaga, sells a mixture of foodstuffs and souvenirs. It's mainly worth visiting for the beautiful building that shelters its...

Market in Dakar

Marché des HLM

The fabulous Marché des HLM is the best place to buy African fabrics. Hundreds of rolls of wax-dyed bazin cloth, vibrant prints, embroidered cloth, lace and silk lend colour to the ramshackle stalls and dusty...

Italian in Dakar

La Maison de Celine

Tucked down a sleepy street in N'Gor, Celine is the go-to place for excellent pizzas – cooked up in a wood-burning oven – as well as less outstanding pastas, grilled meats and seafood. The backyard setting...

Beach in Dakar

Plage de N'Gor

Plage de N'Gor

Plage de N'gor is a small beach popular with families and football-playing youths, and there are a few snack spots with tables on the sands. It's not a bad beach, but there better options on Île de N'gor, which...