Favorite thing: Abidjan has a tourist information office in Le Plateau. It is located on the ground floor of the Air Ivoire Office in the Plaza De la Rebublique. It is not much but they speak english here and can give you ideas for the city that may not be in your guide book or for checking out other parts of the country..they are very friendly in here and it is one place to at least check out during your stay for a few minutes.
Favorite thing: If you're on a business trip, be sure to get away from Le Plateau to see some of the grittier/edgier side of the city, to sense what life is like for the majority of the inhabitants of this African metropolis. For me, there were many aspects of life there that to me resembled those of other large, poor cities that I have visited.
visit the beaches surrounding the city. They are amazing, but unsafe for swimming. Note that most locals where shorts and t-shirts when swimming and it is wise to do the same. If you are not so modest, thing about the effect of the sun on your skin here.
Fondest memory: The people.
Abidjan- pearl of the lagoon
Excerpted with permission from Msafiri.
Often called the Paris of West Africa, Abidjan is a major hub of commerce. The short drive from the Houphouët-Boigny International Airport provides a glimpse of the Atlantic coastline, bordered by groves of coconut palms. You enter the city through the Treichville district amid the hubbub of market activity. Built on the shore of a calm lagoon, the modern skyline of the Plateau-the heart of the business district- lies just across the Charles de Gaulle Bridge. With its wide tree-lined boulevards, outdoor cafes, chic boutiques and gleaning skyscrapers, the Plateau is a favourite with business travelers, only a step away from office buildings and convenient to a wide variety of restaurants for business lunches in the Parisian style.
I would take a car and a driver and head up country,There you will meet the real people with their customs and simple way of living
Fondest memory: Sitting watching the amazing sunsets