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.
Off Avenue Kadiogo
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
A backpacker favorite that’s popular for its lively bar and restaurant surrounded by a flowery garden. Rooms from $16.
Rue Maurice Yaméogo
Five spacious rooms appointed with West African artwork make this Ouaga’s most charming option. Rooms from $35.
Off Avenue Babanguida
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
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.
Long-standing expat haunt famous for its wood-oven pizzas, pastas and atmospheric garden. Meals from around $14.
Avenue de la Nation
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.