At the rooftop of the Grand Marché I saw a terrace sheltered against the sun. This is a nice place to have a drink and a overview of the town at the same time. There are a few restaurants at the rooftop too, like 'le Souvenir' (picture 2), mentioned in the lonely planet and Essakane Nord' (picture 3).
Favorite Dish: I didn't try the food, but I saw they serve chicken and couscous.
Because I only stayed shortly in Timbuktu before and after visiting the Festival au Desert in Essakane, I only had meals in the restaurant of my hotel Colombe.
The loveliest place was the restaurant at the first floor at the streetside (picture 1). From here you can get a glimpse of the streetlife (picture 2 & 4), while you sit yourself protected from sun and dust in the shade, catching a little breeze. It's also a nice place to have a drink.
The other place you can eat is the inner court at the backside of the hotel. Here is also the swimming pool. Not a bad place, but less cosy.
The food was not bad, but also not spectacular. When I ordered at lunchtime at the first floor the food came very quickly. At the first night in the innercourt I had to wait for more than one hour for my dinner.
The best thing about this place is that it sits on top of the main market building so you can get a good view of the city during the day or night. When I was there in late Oct there were few flying creatures in the air compared to Mopti.
Favorite Dish: Ha Ha......don't go to Mali if you are looking for a good meal. Outside of Bamako you are more or less limited to fresh fruit, "lean" chicken, goat, sweet potatos, rice, millet and spaghetti .
I had mutton kabab and sweet potato fries.
This is a local popular restaurant, basic decoration but tasty, though simple, dishes. Nothing out of the typical couscous, chicken, rice or spaghetti, but a good experience after all, and one of the most authentic in town.
Favorite Dish: There is a nice terrace on the roof, you have a good view of Timbuktu.
This is definetly my favourite restaurant in Timbuktu. A bit far from the centre, it has a nice terrace and serves tasty basic plates such as couscous and Captain's Brochette. Sometimes (rarely) they have pastries too, something very unusual in Mali...