Air France has one-stop flights from Dulles Airport to Bamako, Mali; fares from $1,449 round trip.
Rue 220 Niarela
Nice rooms, pleasant courtyard. Rooms with private bath from $43.
Tasty Malian fare. Entrees about $12.
Avenue Ruault, Quartier du Fleuve
Decent French cuisine as well as pizza. Entrees $14.
Koulikoro Road, east of downtown
The city’s classiest nightclub; Toumani Diabate plays here sometimes.
Yattassaye et Freres
Rue 311, Quartier du Fleuve
CD vendor with a great range of music at bargain prices.
Route de la Corniche
Riverside with a pleasant courtyard. Rooms with fan from $37.
Soleil de Minuit
Central, with an airy dining room. There’s a nice prix fixe for $13.
Live music free with a drink from $1.
Festival sur le Niger
Hear top musicians from the region, Feb. 15-19, 2012.
Near Hotel l’Esplanade
Classes in djembe drumming and instruments for sale.