Details: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

May 30, 2013
IF YOU GO
GETTING THERE

Ethiopian Air offers connecting flights from Washington Dulles to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The city’s aging corps of green Peugeot taxis is the easiest way to get around. A ride across town will rarely cost more than about $4. A five-year, multiple-entry visa is available for $100 from the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Washington or the country’s U.N. mission in New York. Travelers are also required to show a current and valid International Certificate of Health indicating that their yellow fever vaccination is up to date.

WHERE TO STAY

Residence Napam-Beogo

Off Avenue Kadiogo

011-226-50-346-626

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Basic rooms with a convivial vibe in a space that doubles as an artists’ gallery. Rooms from $18.

Hotel Pavillon Vert

Ave. de la Liberté

011-226-50-310-611

hotel-pavillonvert.com

A backpacker favorite that’s popular for its lively bar and restaurant surrounded by a flowery garden. Rooms from $16.

Yiri Suma

Rue Maurice Yaméogo

011-226-50-305-482

yirisuma.com

Five spacious rooms appointed with West African artwork make this Ouaga’s most charming option. Rooms from $35.

WHERE TO EAT

Villa Kaya

Off Avenue Babanguida

011-226-71-107-864

Cocktails and tapas in an attractive outdoor space have made this newcomer an expat favorite. Small plates from $3.

La Cave du Petit Paris

Off Ave. Kadiogo

011-226-70-271-938

This hidden gem is the best of Ouaga’s “caves du vin,” serving mouthwatering meat dishes alongside a stunning selection of French wines. Meals from $14.

Le Verdoyant

Avenue Dimdolobsom

011-226-50-315-407

Long-standing expat haunt famous for its wood-oven pizzas, pastas and atmospheric garden. Meals from around $14.

WHAT TO DO

Institut Francais

Avenue de la Nation

011-226-50-306-097

institutfrancais-burkinafaso.com

French cultural center is the hub of the city’s buzzing cultural scene, with a packed program of art, film, music and theater. Check Web site for a list of upcoming events.

Jardin de l’Amitié

Place des Nations Unies

It might be a tourist trap buzzing with mosquitoes and touts, but the lush and lively jardin is a good bet for live music every weekend.

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