Senegal in detail


Dakar has a great many restaurants, catering to a wide range of budgets (though prices tend to be higher here than in other parts). Saint-Louis, Saly and Cap Skirring all have a small but vibrant dining scene, but elsewhere, options are sparse, and you’ll likely be taking your meals wherever you lodge for the night.

Local Specialities

Senegal's national dish is thiéboudienne (rice cooked in a thick tomato sauce and served with fried fish and vegetables). Also typical are poulet yassa or poisson yassa (marinated and grilled chicken or fish) and mafé (peanut-based stew).


Local drinks include bissap, made from hibiscus flowers, and bouyi, made from the fruits of the baobab. The best local beer is Flag.