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Top ChoiceInternational in Lomé

Côté Jardin

Hands-down the most atmospheric eatery in Lomé, Côté Jardin has an exotic pleasure garden replete with tropical plants and woodcarvings. The supremely relaxing surrounds and eclectic menu make this a winner. Dim...

Top ChoiceFrench in Lomé

La Belle Époque

One of Lomé's finest tables, La Belle Époque – all crisp white tablecloths and dimmed lighting – serves a refined, French-inspired cuisine. You can enjoy your meal in a verdant courtyard or the classy dining room...

French in Lomé

Alt München

A well-regarded restaurant just east of Hôtel Mercure-Sarakawa, offering a good selection of French and Bavarian specialities, including jarret de porc (pork knuckle) and fondue bourguignonne (meat fondue). Fish...

Bar in Lomé

Le 54

A nice blend of exhibition space, affordable craft and jewellery, and a vibrant restaurant-bar. There's great live music Thursday to Sunday, catering for all musical tastes from electronic and house to rap and pop.

Market in Lomé

Marché des Féticheurs

The Marché des Féticheurs, 4km northeast of the centre, stocks all the ingredients for traditional fetishes, from porcupine skin to serpent head. It's all a bit grisly but it's important to remember that a vast...

African in Lomé

Big Metro

This little eatery with a pavement terrace is a great spot to catch local vibes and nosh on unpretentious yet tasty African staples. The braised fish of the day is superb.

Pizza in Lomé

Greenfield

It's a bit out of the centre of the action, but this great garden bar-restaurant with a French owner has an original decor, with colourful lanterns and funky colonial seats with retro faux-leather cushions. The...

Steak in Lomé

Bena Grill

A nirvana for carnivores, this cheery restaurant in the market area is lauded for its top-quality meat dishes, including a sensational côte porc grillée (grilled pork rib). Also serves sandwiches, burgers and...

Seafood in Lomé

Le Pêcheur

The name gives it away: this is a fantastic seafood place where you'll enjoy fish fillet a la plancha (cooked on a griddle) and skewered gambas (prawns). Well worth the splurge – if only it had an outdoor terrace!

Jazz in Lomé

Le Rézo

Inside, it's like a 1980s disco with its blacked-out windows, but Le Rézo is more contemporary than it looks, with giant screens showing Champions League football games, as well as karaoke nights and live jazz on...

African in Lomé

Nopégali Plage

You'll find no cheaper place for a sit-down meal in the centre. It's very much a canteen, but a good one, with friendly service and copious African dishes prepared like your Togolese grandma would make them.

Market in Lomé

Grand Marché

Grand Marché

The labyrinthine Grand Marché is Togo at its most colourful and entrepreneurial. You'll find everything at this market, from Togolese football tops to cheap cosmetics.

Chinese in Lomé

China Town

Welcoming, reliable and in a good location at the Kodjoviakopé end of the Blvd Circulaire, this place offers a great selection of steamed dumplings and meat dishes.

Gifts & Souvenirs in Lomé

Village Artisanal

At this easy-going centre you'll see Togolese artisans weaving cloth, carving statues, making baskets and lampshades, sewing leather shoes and constructing cane chairs and tables – all for sale at reasonable,...

Arabic in Lomé

Brochettes de la Capitale

This Lomé institution is somewhat suffering from its popularity and location on the increasingly polluted Blvd Circulaire, but it's still a cool place to devour lip-smacking kebabs with a beer.

African in Lomé

Lomé La Belle

You'll find all the usual Togolese favourites served in hearty portions at this informal joint right in the centre. It has outdoor seating.

Notable Building in Lomé

Presidential Palace

The home of the president is an imposing modern structure, worth a few pics and the chance to see the guards dressed in their finest.

Supermarket in Lomé

Leader Price

This basic supermarket has a wide variety of options. It's a solid spot to stock up on picnic supplies and other essentials.