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  • A VERY GOOD MEAL - COTONOU

    My guidebook said this was a good restaurant and I must say I had a nice meal. The surroundings are an airy tastefully decorated, open area with some nice ceiling fans. The temperature was exactly right. The service was friendly and I was given a nice dish of popcorn and peanuts while I waited for my food. A nice cold Flag beer arrived and I...

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  • Ex-Pat Place in Cotonou

    Want to find some comfort in Cotonou? Head over to Livingstone's in Haie Vie. Near the airport and Novotel Hotel is a little slice of home in Benin. We only had drinks there but heard the food was good. There are peddler's trying to sell their goods while you dine/drink but when you said no, they moved on. Not a big deal. Safe area at night and...

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  • Thai in Cotonou

    Who would think that Thai would be good in Benin. Yummy. Thai owner. No one speaks much English here so get your pointing finger and smiles out. We had 2 beers, crab fritters, rice, curry chicken for 12,000 cfa's. Service was okay. I think they were intimidated by our "American" presence as were we. Just smile and fake it. That will go a long way.

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  • Indian in Cotonou

    Formerly named Indiana... not sure why. Being from Indiana in the U.S., it just seems odd. It was a nice welcome from the heat and hustle and bustle of Cotonou. The owner, from India, was welcoming and genuinely happy we were there. Staff were great. Food was good but we expected it to be spicier. There is a patio outside. It was too hot to sit out...

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  • Fresh Mangos

    At the time of my visit the Mangos were just coming into season and the trees were full of almost ripe Mangos. Everywhere I looked the roads were lined with Mango trees, villages were full of Mango trees. If only I had been a couple of weeks later…….

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  • Cassava

    Cassava is a root vegetable, similar to a yam that is grown and eaten widely in Africa. It has a high starch content but unfortunately no protein value, and forms around 30% of poorer people’s diets in West Africa as it can be easily grown and stored. As well as being boiled and eaten as a vegetable it can be made into flour, called tapioca, or...

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  • Freshly Baked Bread

    Most of the bread in Benin is the French style bread which is extremely popular everywhere and widely available.On the route between Dassa Zoume and Natitingou we passed a small roadside village where women were baking fresh bread, to sell in the market. Our driver wanted to stop and buy some so we did.It had just come out of the big oven and was...

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  • Cashew Nuts

    Cashew Nuts grow wild in Benin on the trees along the roadside. My trip was in March and we had missed the main season but could still find a few cashews on the trees. Benin produces a very small amount of the world’s cashew nut crop – about 3%, which is sent to India for processing.You can buy fresh ones from roadside sellers.

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  • Roadside Cafes

    On our journey from Cotonou to the North of Benin we passed a few small roadside cafes where women were cooking food for passers by along the main road. We stopped at one of them so my driver and guide could get a meal but Alex didn’t think it would be a good idea for me to eat here in case it made me ill. So I waited by the road while they enjoyed...

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  • Anyone fancy Rat?

    Agouti is the common name in Benin and nearby countries for a large grasscutter rat that is often eaten. These are widespread in the wild and live in woods, fields and farms throughout the country. When you travel to the North of Benin, shortly after leaving the coastal area it is common to see men standing by the roadside holding out an Agouti by...

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  • Costs of Food

    I ate dinner in hotels and lunch in restaurants - all were better class places and I had excelent food. Some of the best places I ate were the Songhai centre in Porto Novo where all the food is grown on the plantation there so is mega-fresh, the Auberge Grand Popo, and the Hotel du Lac in Cotonou. I have to say I didn't eat a bad meal in the 8 days...

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  • Lots of Fresh Food

    The food in Benin is excellent. I was very surprised at the quality of the food in the hotels and restaurants and the quantity of fresh food available everywhere I travelled. The climate in the South, where my trip was mostly based, allows an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetable of all types to be grown – Mangos, Pineapples, Bananas, Carrots,...

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  • Lovely food

    I ate in a few restaurants but Le Teranga has to be one of the best. I've tried a lot of things on the menu & not had a bad meal yet! If in Benin you should make it a restaurant to eat at! They also have an internet cafe at the back of the resaurant, the food is priced well. Brussetes de bouf (sp?) with plain rice was the best meal i had there...

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  • Only restaurant at the border

    When we were travelling to Niger by road, we had to spent the night at the Malanville border. The border is secluded, with not much traffic and Malanville is a small town. We tried to figure out whether we can find any hotel to stay and that is when for the first time we landed up in Stables du Roses. It is run by a european couple, there are rooms...

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  • Indian Delight in Africa

    Indiana is in Cocotiers. This is a purely indian restaurant. The food is good and is any Indian's favourite in benin. The interiors are not plush, but then it is cosy. It is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on mondays.

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  • Local food

    Heres where the locals come for lunch, and you dont get much cheaper than this - for a few hundred CFA youll get a filling meal. The restaurants consist of a few pots filled with delicious stuff, usually meat and/or fish stews, and a variety of staples such as rice, pounded ngam, pasta, and a few benches with tables. If you, like me, are a...

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  • Mmmm... foufou

    I still dont quite get it - boiled ngam (yams in english i guess) are fantastic, yet they work superhard at pounding them with huge sticks to make a sticky porridge type dish, wich is, admittely, really good too. Try to get near a foufou place when theyre in action, the rythmic sound made when a few people are a-pounding makes your hip shake.

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  • Expat hangout no 1, Cotonou

    This is one of the whitest places in Benin, but the pizzas (CFA 4-5000!) arent bad, and neither is the beer. No west african food whatsoever tho.

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  • Local breakfast

    Youll find these little places all over Benin, serving omelets, bread, coffe etc. Perfect for breakfast!

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  • Cotonou, favourite bakery

    La Gerbe d'Or is a good place for bread, croissants and pastries. You can also buy yoghurt and milkshakes. At the second floor is a nice and peaceful restaurant, which serves sandwiches, pizzas and also a full menu. It's a popular place, so it can be crowded at luchtime. I had a good pizza and a delicious milkshake for 2.500 CFA

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  • Ouidah, open-air restaurant

    Just opposite the entrance of the Voodoo Museum is a nice open air restaurant.Here you can sit outdoors in the shade and feel some breeze, having your cool drink and African meal. I had a delicous and cheap local meal of chicken with couscous.Joyce, a small kid, was sitting at my side, holding my arm.

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  • Restaurant at Hotel de la Plage.

    There are restaurants all over the place. Since I stay in a private home we mostly eat there at home. However one place we went for snacks and a cold drinks was the at the restaurant in Hotel de la Plage.

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  • Maquis

    Charming maquis (chop bar) if you want to taste the local food. The kitchen is very clean and the staff very good. Try the local dishes with a local beer (La Béninoise). They play also local music, but not like what is usual in this kind of place, you can still talk to your neighbour Poulet à la béninoise, Aweno

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  • La Gerbe d'Or

    Famous Bakery provide a very large choice of breads and viennoiseries, made with the best ingredients. The form of the breads is very special, like giant croissants.You can also have your breakfast on the first floor, and some sandwiches during the day, It is also a rea room in the afternoon. The giant croissant, the cramique.

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  • If you really want to push...

    If you really want to push your luck eat from one of the many street vendors along any road or pathway. I was able to bring some Miltary, Meals Ready to Eat. A Lifesaver for me.You see lots of fried fish. I was not brave enough to try the vendors.

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  • It's almost 20 years ago I...

    It's almost 20 years ago I lived there now. But I do remember that the food was good. Some restaurants were inspired by french cooking. It was an interesting mix. We also had a cook in the house were we lived, always cooked french food. By the way, it was a strange experience to have our own cook, maid, gardner and guard...

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  • TRADITIONAL RESTAURANTSGood...

    TRADITIONAL RESTAURANTSGood restaurants in villages COTONOU PARAKOU NATITINGOU, Typical restaurants from $1.00 to $10.00.I know a very good vietnamese RestaurantTHAI THANHparcelle B 10Residence les cocotiersCotonouTel 30 27 50Price 4500 F CFAyou must go and speak to the widow who owns the restaurant. she is very kind. Beef or chickenBananas...

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  • Wantifie's Restaurant Tip

    Les resto sont sur le bord de la rue souvent dans les buvettes .on trouve aussi les ignam et les délicieux beigai avec la sauce au piment humm j en ai l eau a la bouche . Bon bon tout le monde a qui je dis ca vienne pres vomire mais bon l Agouti est délicieux et le riz avec la sauce

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  • My favorite restaurant in is...

    My favorite restaurant in is in the main city, Cotonou, called The Berlin. It is owned by a German man, but have some French influence. There are a few other good restaurants. La Caravel is one of them. Rice with Pima pepper

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