Planning a vacation as we enter these warm summer months? Look no further: Dakar has always been a top tourist destination. If you’ve pencilled in a few days/weeks for yourself here, these five dining spots are un-missable.


Chez Loutcha 

A senegalese canteen (among other things) in the heart of Dakar! Located in the center of Senegal’s capital, Chez Loutcha is one of Dakar’s best restaurants. The lunch time rush is proof enough. Regulars (both tourists and workers) gather round to enjoy traditional Thieb. Other culinary delights include Mafé, other local dishes but also Cape Verdean specialties all served in the most laid-back atmosphere. Icing on the cake: Chez Loutcha also offers an excellent paella.


101 Rue Mousse Diop
+221 33 821 03 02
Opened from 12pm to 3pm & from 7pm to 10.45pm - Dakar - Chez Loutcha


Simone Café

Need a break after exploring Sandaga market’s infinite alley-ways? Head to Simone Café. To all my pastry aficionados: THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE. Cupcakes, cookies, cakes… an assortment of delectable snack-time treats to be washed down with a cup of tea for a gourmet break you will never forget.


Mermoz Villa #7603
+221 33 825 11 98
Opened from tuesday to saturday from 12pm to 7pm
Website :
Facebook Page : Simone Cafe - Dakar - Simone Cafe 1 - Dakar - Simone Cafe 2 - Dakar - Simone Cafe 3


La Fourchette

Business dinner or quiet evening out with friends? La Fourchette’s got you for both. Enjoy a cozy atmosphere perfect for interacting with fellow guests, a delightful musical selection and most importantly a very warm and attentive waiting staff. The restaurant’s menu will take you on a trip around the world.


Rue de Thann
+221 33 821 88 87
Website :
Facebook Page : Groupe La Fourchette - Dakar - Fourchette


Le Charly Bar 

Let Charly Bar win you over an evening poolside drink, serenaded by great music. Should you extend your evening, you’ll be treated to tunes from one of the many artists who regularly grace Charly Bar’s stage. The owners also regularly host themed afterwork soirées. Wednesday, for example, is Latino Night.


Route de l’Aeroport
Ngor Almadies
+221 77 438 03 50
Facebook Page : Charly Bar - Dakar - Charly bar


La Cabane du Surfeur


Looking for a chill spot for a relaxing drink or a nice lunch under the sun ? La Cabane du Sufeur in Ngor is one if Dakar’s ideal places for such. The best spot once you’re there ? Right by the rocks. From there, the view is breathtaking: open sea, crashing waves and surfers taking to the water with their boards. Don’t hesitate to take of your shoes and hit the water once the sun’s done a number on you too. Not the first time we’ve dished out this advice.


Route des Almadies next to Vivier
+221 33 868 10 17
Opened from monday to sunday from 8am to 9pm
Facebook Page : Cabane du Surfer


Translation from french by Sally Vusi. HERE french version