Lome Travel Guide

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Lome Things to Do

  • See the Musée international du Golfe de...

    It is a very good small private museum (swiss owner) full of marvelouse african art.Open from 10 am to 5.30 pm.http://www.togo-tourisme.com/togo-tourisme-musees.php?id_page=17Update: it might be closed at the moment?!

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  • Lome beach

    Lome beach is a wide and nice palm fringed beach. The beach was earlier very popular, but there are not many tourists left due to the political situation. Locals play football on the beach. The sea is rough with strong current.

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  • Therapie Piscine

    Therapie Piscine is a public swimming pool in Lomé. The pool itself is small, and the water temperature was too cold for me. The entrance fee is 2000 CFA.

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  • Downtown Lomè

    The center of Lomé is around the intersection of Rue du Commerce and Rde la Gare, with the big market Grand marchè some few blocks to the east.

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  • Place de l'Independance

    Place de l'Independance and the monument is a proclamation for Togo's independence in 1960. It's right in the middle of a huge traffic circle. The area is nice with this monument and the garden around.

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  • Togo National Museum

    Togo National Museum (Musèe National) is at the back of Palais du Congres in Place de l'Independance. The building was constructed in 1975, and houses ethnographical, cultural and artistic exhibits. Opening hours 700-1200 and 1430-1730. Price to enter is 2000 CFA.

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Lome Restaurants

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  • FAKE MCDONALDS

    This is a somewhat famous imitation of the world famous McDonald’s restaurants. They serve burgers and soft drinks as you can probably guess. They even imitate the famous ‘arch’. I am guessing that trademark laws are not strong in Togo. So if you have a need for fast food and a photo opportunity – here you are.

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  • CLOSED FOREVER

    CLOSED FOREVER.This restaurant appears in at least one guidebook and several websites. It is long gone now. Sad as it sounded nice and had its own garden.

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  • Free Time Bar Restaurant

    The African restaurant "Free Time" is located at the southwest end of Boulevard du 13 Janvier. There are 3-4 other outdoor African restaurants in this block along the boulevard, but they are all best known as "Fifty-Fifty", named after the first restaurant. However Free Time Bar Restaurant had the best food. This was my favorite eating place due to...

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  • Le Triskel

    Restaurant Le Triskell is among the finest french restaurants in Lomè. Their speciality is typical french cuisine, pasta and pizza made in a stone oven. The restaurant is inside a garden with some animals in a cage. Also a big turtle was in the pool beside the tables. The prices are high to be in an African country.Ne Dites, Plus Eau, Dites.

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  • African eating and food

    The cheapest places to eat are the African food stalls along the streets. It's mostly take-away food.

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  • Typical African restaurant

    Typical African restaurants has open flame grill and tables in the street. They are basic, serve good and cheap food. Grilled fish, chicken or meat characterize the food in African restuarants. Grilled chicken or meat

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Lome Nightlife

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  • CHEAP LOCAL BAR

    I liked this place. It a brand new, locally owned, beer bar. A very good beer bar. First of all they sell huge bottles of Flag Spéciale (65cl/22fl oz) for less than other bars sell the 33cl (11fl oz) bottles. Ice cold, massive, cheap beers. You are liking this place already aren’t you? It is a large ‘L’ shape and open plan. So you can sit there and...

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  • EVERYTHING

    For some reason Le Rézo calls itself a Jazz Bar, but only has a Jazz night on Thursdays. And that could be interrupted by European Football (soccer) depending on the match. Having said that – it is live Jazz. They also have different DJ’s in so you could find a variety of music if you visit more than once. I stopped by right after opening at 10am...

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  • WRESTLE WITH THE BIG LIZARD !

    Looking for the newest club in Lomé? Odonglo means 'lizard', so you can come and drink like a reptile, and get wild. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Cyrille, who was amazingly welcoming and very happy to invite all VT Memebers! They were still in his first week of operations during my visit. Odonglo is completely new, with amazing...

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Lome Transportation

  • Moto-taxi in Lomé

    A lot of motorcycle taxis are cruising around in Lomé. Just make a "psst sound", and the nearest moto-taxi will stop. Just say where you are going and settle the price. To ride them expect to pay anything from 200 to 400 CFA (less than 1 USD). But make sure you have the exact amount of money. Most of them will not change. To be a passenger on a...

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  • Bush taxi (Taxi brousse)

    Bush taxi (Taxi brousse) is the easiest way to move around in Togo. Private car packed with passengers travel around the country. Lomè to Agbodrafo is 1000 CFA (1,5 hours drive). Lomé to to Cotonou is 4.000 CFA (4-5 hours drive).

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  • Taxis

    Lome's taxis are fairly cheap, and the drivers usually don't overcharge. A trip within Lome probably won't be more than a few dollars.

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Lome Shopping

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  • USEFUL

    The Marox supermarket is fairly well stocked. They have plenty of canned goods, cold soft drinks, cold beers and larger items like oil and rice. They have a reasonable butcher counter and some very good sausages. You will also find very good local nuts (like cashews) sold inside recycled water bottles. They do not have a lot of kitchen gadgets, but...

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  • GOOD FOR POSTCARDS & WINE

    Le Champion is a massive grocery store that also sells household good, including appliances. The best part is that they sell postcard. Lomé is a very hard place to find postcards. You can buy them here for 300 CFA. Just ask for ‘Carte Postal’ and they are towards the left as you enter past the checkouts. Oddly they sell good postcards for Ghana as...

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  • Chinese motorcycles

    There are Chinese motorcycles shops everywhere in Lome. A Chinese motorcycle is a bargain compared with other Japanese brands.

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Lome Local Customs

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    by DAO Written Oct 1, 2012


    The currency of Togo is the West African CFA Franc. You may see it written as "F CFA" and you will hear it pronounced "see-fuh" or "see-fah". Officially it is the Communaute Financiere Africaine (CFA) Franc issued by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO). If you are looking for the exchange rates for their currency you will need to look for the symbol “XOF”. The 8 countries that use this same currency make up the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and they are:
    Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Sénégal and Togo.

    The denominations are:
    Coins 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 250, 500 francs
    Banknotes 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 francs

    Originally this currency was aligned with a parity value to the Euro – but this has slipped quite a bit. It is, however, externally convertibility as it is guaranteed by the French Treasury.

    A few words of caution:
    There is another CFA – issued by the Central Bank of the States of West Africa (BCEAO). It is called the Central African CFA Franc and you will see it listed as “XAF” in exchange rates. Theoretically they are exactly the same value, but the notes and coins are different. Don’t take Central African CFA from anyone. Also do not try and take any CFA home with you for exchange. Outside of Paris you may find it virtually impossible to exchange back.

    Don’t expect to see to many 1 and 5 CFA coins. The 50-500 range of coins are extremely useful, especially when you haggle for prices. Try to only have 1000 and 2000 notes. 10,000 notes (about 15 Euro, $20) are a nightmare to get rid of.

    Old notes that are falling to bits can still be used and people will accept them.

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Lome Warnings and Dangers

  • WATCH YOUR STEP !

    This is a very serious tip. There are some serious chances to break a leg or even serious injury walking around in Lomé. Many of the roads are really sand and/or dust. Even the paved roads have quite a bit of sand on top of them. So they are a bit of a trip hazard if you are walking around. The real dangers are around the storm drains. To be able...

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  • Armed soldiers in the street

    Togo is a dictatorship and most of the population want the President removed and replaced with a new selected President. But they fear him. Heavy armed soldiers follow the President wherever he goes (See pictures).You should avoid situation with police or soldiers as they might ask for a bribe. I did not go beside the President palace and I avoided...

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  • Pickpockets and thieves in Lome

    The poverty in Togo is extreme. There are pickpockets in crowded places like Grand Marché (the big market). The locals say you should carry your money in a smart way and be careful with your camera. Try to look determined. It can be dangerous to walk alone where there are few people. Dark streets should be avoided. Unlighted areas of the beach is a...

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Lome Tourist Traps

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    by lemondrop Written Feb 19, 2009

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    Here's the deal....the fetish market is a fairly small area with tables displaying items such as dried lizards, animal skulls etc. As soon as you enter, you will be approached by the rip-off squad and asked for ridiculous admission fees. At first I was asked for 15,000 CFA($30)...when I gave the look of disgust, and after more refusals, the price came down..finally to 5,000($10), still too much, but they wouldn't budge. After I'd had enough of these buttholes, I turned and walked away while they tried to get me to come back. This market is a total sham!!

    Unique Suggestions: My advice is don't go in the first place, but if you do, be ready to part with $10- $30 just to walk around and have a look at a bunch of crap that is only there for the sole purpose of fleecing tourists. There were no locals shopping for their voodoo supplies, just a dozen or so tourists getting ripped off.

    Fun Alternatives: Go back to Accra for Christ's sake!! You came all the way to Lome for this bull...t??

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Lome Off The Beaten Path

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    by georeiser Written Nov 12, 2010

    20 minutes drive outside Lome is the life different and slower. It looks peaceful in the countryside.

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Lome Favorites

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  • Visa on arrival in Togo

    Visa on arrival at Lome border will be issued for a 7 days stay. The price is 10000 CFA (15 USD). The immigration officer will give you an A4 declaration form. Fill it out and deliver it together with your passport and 10000 CFA. It's expensive to get the visa on advance in one of the embassies. Expect to pay more than 100 USD. So why do it when...

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  • Lome info

    Lome is the capital and largest city in Togo, with an estimated population of 900.000. Once claimed to be the Paris of West-Africa, but now one of Africa's least known cities. Lome has its charm with its broad boulevards and nice palm fringed beaches, but there are not many tourists left due to the political situation.The street scenes combines...

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  • Togo border in Lome

    The road from Ghana to the Togo border-runs first through the savannah, and then on a narrow strip of land between the ocean and the Volta Lake, before you enter the Aflao town. From there you have to walk across the border.When traveling overland with bus or car you have to get off at Aflao station in Ghana and walk the 300 meters to the border...

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