Abidjan - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Nearly anything is available, except the above mentioned latin american cuisine, at decent to excellent quality. Prices range from US cheap to very pricey. If you are looking to save money, don't dine out. - Mar 2021

There is food delivery, but not to our house we are too far out. We can get pizza and maybe one or two other things. There are LOADS of good restaurants, but they are expensive. Decent and reasonably priced Vietnamese and Lebanese, but anything else nice will be expensive. In other areas, there are LOADS of take/out delivery options though. - May 2020

Fantastic Italian and French food: some of the best I have ever had. Very good Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese and, although Japanese and Thai were terrible and not authentic to me (if one has never had real Thai or Japanese food then one will not know the difference). In short, the only thing there is to do in Abidjan is to go out and eat, and the food can be fantastic. Please note, however, that some of the most expensive meals I have ever had were in Abidjan. Eat imported beef, foie gras, and throw in a couple of bottles of French wine, and your bill will easily reach $500 (USD) for two people. There was also Burger King (numerous locations), KFC, Pizza Hut, and many Lebanese fast food places. Fantastic bread and pastry shops (as any former French colony has), and food delivery services (the largest being Jumia Food). No one ever complained about food or beverage in Abidjan . - Feb 2020

Almost every type of food is offered here. - Mar 2017

Fast food here is usually schwarma, unimpressive fried chicken, or fried Vietnamese spring rolls ("nems"). Just not that kind of culture here. Usually you can get a bowl of sauce with a hunk of meat or fish and a starch for $2 for lunch at road stalls, but I don't know many Americans who eat that way. I'm a big fan of maquis food, which is more traditional fare (grilled chicken or fish, with starchy sides, and local beer) served at outdoor restaurants. It can take a while for the food to be served, and you eat with your hands, but I love it. In Abidjan, it's about $10-12 a person. Most other restaurants are fine, but they all have a French bent and will be a little more pricey, especially for wine. Burgers here are terrible, just avoid them. - Aug 2015

Lots of restaurants ranging from cheap to expensive. There are no American fast food outlets. There are no Starbucks. You can get sushi here but it's not that good. - Jun 2009

Fast food: Steers (a South African chain) and Akle (a Quebecois chain) are here. Restaurants are very good here - you can find good Chinese, Tex-Mex, sushi, Indian, Vietnamese, Lebanese, French, and Italian restaurants here. Costs range from about $2USD for a shawarma to $30 a plate at fancier places. Pako's, which has two locations, has an excellent selection of breads, pastries, and a very reasonably priced breakfast menu with omelettes and crepes. - Jan 2009

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