Top ChoiceRestaurant in Freetown

Oasis

This charming little cafe is an oasis indeed. Set in a garden off Murray Town Rd, it feels hundreds of miles away from the chaos of Freetown. Though it's famous for its smoothies, the food here is also excellent...

Top ChoiceClub in Freetown

Quincy's Bar & Nightclub

A Freetown institution, Quincy's claims that it shuts 'when the last person leaves', and in their case, it's true. Come the weekend, an exuberant crowd of local posers, government ministers and expats parties...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Freetown

Sierra Leone National Museum

There are two galleries inside the Sierra Leone National Museum – one housing a collection of cultural and historical artefacts, including Temne Guerrilla leader Bai Bureh's drum, clothes and sword; and another...

Top ChoiceBeach in Freetown

Lumley Beach

This wide sweep of beach has lost some of its atmosphere since the 2015 demolition of dozens of bamboo and thatch food shacks, and the numerous, ugly construction projects lining the beach road don't add to its...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Freetown

National Railway Museum

You don't have to be a rail fan to enjoy this Clinetown museum, where enthusiastic staff guide you around a surprising collection of restored locomotives, including one commissioned for the Queen of England in...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Freetown

State House

The State House, up on Tower Hill and overlooking the downtown area, is an example of Freetown's old Krio architecture, which features brightly washed buildings and higgledy-piggledy window frames. This building...

Top ChoiceUniversity in Freetown

Old Fourah Bay College

Gutted by fire in 1999, only the stone shell of the Old Fourah Bay College remains, but this 1848 building is graceful even in its decay. The World Monuments Fund lists it as one of the world's 100...

Seafood in Freetown

Mamba Point Lagoonda

Mamba Point is one of Freetown's most popular (and expensive) restaurants. Come for dinner in the chic dining room, or just to sink a few cocktails and smoke on a shisha pipe on the expansive terrace, which has...

Pizza in Freetown

Gusto's

Decked out in Neopolitan colours, this airy space serves the most authentic pizza you'll find in Sierra Leone. There's also a deli stocked with a healthy amount of olive oils, cured meats cheeses, Italian wines...

African in Freetown

Senegalese Restaurant

Ignore the no-frills interior – this tiny gem serves up delicious West African meals and cold beers. The yassa chicken (or fish) is excellent and it even does a nice line in Senegalese deserts.

Caribbean in Freetown

Caribbean Fusion Restaurant

Krio goes back to its roots at this no-frills Caribbean joint. Written up on the chalkboard outside you'll find a choice of two or three mains a day (perhaps fish curry, jerk chicken or jollof rice), as well as a...

African in Freetown

Bliss

Eternally popular Bliss offers an eclectic menu (curry, Thai, Sierra Leonean, lasagne...) in a peaceful garden setting just off busy Wilkinson Rd. A hit with the lunchtime crowd, it really gets going in the...

African in Freetown

Tessa's

Authentic Sierra Leonean dishes such as black-eyed beans with plantain, palm-oil stew, fufu (fermented cassava, cooked and puréed) and sour-sour are on the menu here, served by super-friendly staff in either the...

African in Freetown

D's Bazaar

Both the name and the food beat the decor at this local plasas spot. The menu changes daily, according to what's on hand, but you can expect to fill up with sour-sour, cassava leaves or simple rice and fish for...

Cafe in Freetown

Gina's

Frozen yoghurt fans (or fans of lime green and purple colour schemes) will be very happy here. Sugar-laden waffle fans won't do too badly either. For those wanting to settle into a comfy armchair for a coffee and...

International in Freetown

Crown Bakery

This cool, air-conditioned space provides welcome respite from the hectic streets of central Freetown. Popular with local office workers, expat and otherwise, it serves up tasty grills, pasta, pizzas, burgers and...

Bar in Freetown

Roy's

Watch the sun go down and the party people wake up on the expansive split-level terrace at Roy's, a perfect sundowner spot on Lumley Beach. It's hard to find a beef with this place – everyone from backpackers to...

African in Freetown

Salgus Restaurant

A good place for a filling breakfast or to mingle with the lunchtime office crowd. Grills, sandwiches and jollof rice (rice and vegetables with meat or fish) are on the menu here, and there's a terrace...

Church in Freetown

St John's Maroon Church

St John's Maroon Church is a squat white building with big windows built around 1820. An example of the area's Krio architecture, it was built by returned slaves from Jamaica. It's located two blocks southwest of...

Market in Freetown

Big Market

The top floor of the Big Market, or Basket Market, in downtown, has a larger selection than markets in Lumley. What makes this the best place to shop for souvenirs is the traditional household goods on the ground...