5 Things to Do in Abidjan
Abidjan is the largest and most important city in Cote d’Ivoire. With a population of around 4 million people, it is the second largest city in West Africa after Lagos. Abidjan is often called the “Paris of Cote d’Ivoire” because of its monuments, landmarks and tourist spots. She hosts several festivals and events throughout the year and is home to towering skyscrapers, posh boutiques, and progressive business establishments.
Here are 5 things you can do in Abidjan.
Watch a movie at Hotel Ivoire
Hotel Ivoire is the ritziest hotel in town. In association with Majestic Cinemas, this hotel operates a 3-D movie theatre. Here one can catch a flick in French during the week, except Wednesdays and Thursdays, which are especially reserved for movies in English. A cappuccino bought from the ground floor café of the hotel will make a good companion for the evening.
Visit an ice cream parlour and try Lebanese Cuisine
Nice Cream is a must-visit; it is one of the city’s favourite spots to hang out. Patrons attest that the fondant is delightful and the ice cream shakes, as well as the waffles are fresh and delicious. A short distance away is Cool Zone, a new outlet that offers frozen yoghurt, and you can buy a large bowl to make frozen yoghurt dessert. Ivory Coast also hosts a large Lebanese population. Their overwhelming presence ensures there’s a good spread of Lebanese cuisine anywhere in the city including the popular, Marouche.
Shopping, go-karting and bowling
Even if you’re not buying anything, walking through Abidjan’s malls will make your day. Cap Sud features a double-storey mall, with a range of outlets encompassing fashion, sports, kids’ items and cafés. Another mall, the popular Playce, is Abidjan’s latest. Its food court hosts throngs in search of taste tingling delicacies. Visitors can also enjoy an evening of fun and laughter at the bowling alley close to the Cap Sud mall and the Go-karting ring that is a short distance from the Solibra circle.
Visit the local market at Treichville
Get an authentic experience of Ivory Coast’s culture by walking through the local bazaar in Treichville. This market has a variety of things to buy ranging from fruits and vegetables to tissues, plastics, electronics and toys. It is a wonderful place to pick up some fabrics for dresses, bed sheets, curtains and dining-table covers. Bargain hard and you can get great deals.
A view of the city from St Paul’s Cathedral
The first port of call for any tourist in Abidjan is the St Paul’s Cathedral, as every tourist guide for Abidjan will take one first to the gigantic edifice. Climbing to the top of the tower-like structure that makes up part of the cathedral will give a bird’s eye view of the city, the lagoon and the port. The stairway leading to the top is long, narrow and dank, but is worth the adventure.
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