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Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the nation's cultural & economic centre. Its name is informally shortened to Ouaga (pronounced: WA-ga).

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Points of Interest in Ouagadougou

  • "Bangre-Weoogo urban park in Zone du Bois (also called 'La Foret') has many trails for walking and running. It also has a small zoo inside (XOF100-200 for entrance) Bring binoculars to help you spot the crocodiles in the marsh near the bridge! The park is a natural preservation area and "sacred forest" dating from the pre-colonial era.
  • Another notable park in Ouagadougou is the L'Unité Pédagogique, which shelters animals in a semi-free state. This botanic garden/biosphere system stretches over 8 hectares (20 acres) and also serves as a museum for the country's history.
  • Jardin de l'amitié Ouaga-Loudun (Garden of Ouaga-Loudun Friendship), with a green space that was renovated in 1996, is a symbol of the twin-city relationship between Ouagadougou and Loudun in France. It is situated in the centre of the city, near the "Nation Unies' crossroads".
  • Le Musee National a museum complex devoted to the many local cultures, but most of the buildings are empty. It is on the east end of the city and is open seven days a week.
  • National Museum of Music exhibits all the musical instruments of Burkina Faso.
  • Musée de Manega also exhibits musical instruments of Burkina Faso, Mossi rifles and other cultural items. Located 55km (34 mi) northwest of the city
  • Naba Koom is a statue depicting a woman handling a calabash to pour water. The 6m (20 ft) high statue faces the railway station, welcoming travellers into Ouaga. The place bears the name of an important chief in Burkina Faso’s history.
  • Laongo, 30km (19 mi) east of the city, features enormous granite slabs that were designed by various sculptors. The exhibit displays works of art from five continents.
  • La Place du Grand Lyon is a monument that reflects the relationship between Burkina Faso's capital and Lyon in France. It is located near the French cultural Center George Melies and features

Central Market

Place des Cineastes

Stade du 4-Aout

Kabore Tambi National Park

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About Ouagadougou


Its climate is classified as hot semi-arid (BSh). Its rainy season is from June to September. Its daytime temperatures are hot all the year, but are the hottest from February to May.


  • Cineburkina (50 32 03 28) and Cine Reale are more comfortable/safer movie theaters
  • Café Zaka has live bands every night
  • The Moro Naaba ceremony is every Friday morning at 07:15, 15min ceremony symbolizing a Mossi historical event (preparation for battle against a rival king that stole his amulets, but being persuaded to keep peace). Ouagadougou was founded in the 15th century and became the capital of the Mossi empire. The historical palace of the Moro Naaba is located in the middle of the city.
  • French Cultural Centre, Proposes both local and imported concerts dance pieces and theatre. The bar/restaurant there is a popular meeting spot. It also features an air-conditioned library where you can read newspapers and magazines. Located on the same road as the main post office
  • SIAO (International Art and Craft Festival) Africa's most prominent craft fair, it is held for 10 days in every even-numbered year. Artisans from all over Africa attend and sell their wares.
  • Village Artisanal of Ouagadougou (VAO). This outdoor "shopping mall" of local arts and crafts is a gem. You can buy there from a huge selection with far less hassle than on the street. It also features a shady café in the courtyard.
  • FESPACO. PanAfrican film festival. Africa's most prestigious film festival is held every two years in February and showcases some of the best movies from across the continent. Next one coming up in late February/March 2011.
  • Central Market a major attraction, burned in 2003 and reconstructed in a modern style. New stands are opening up all around it, though, so it's still worth a visit, especially if you are buying textiles.
  • Gounghin Market a fun place to explore, buy fabric and fruit


Most larger cafés have food in the afternoons and evenings, but here are a few notables from the recommendations of Bobo Stage Goers and others:


  • Café Zaka - somewhat expensive, downtown near Scimas supermarket, live music and cool craft shop inside)
  • Gondwana (somewhat expensive, Zone du Bois, great atmosphere)

African vegan - Ouagadougou boasts the 4 vegan restaurants of Burkina Faso

  • La NASA - cheap, near Pharmacie Sacré-Coeur
  • La Colombe - cheap, serves excellent tofu brochettes for XOF1,200. Logements, avenue Babanguida, porte n°974 - just before the Rond-point des Artistes and in front of the Stade de France (+226 60 36 24 70 / 78 62 77 12)


  • La Mayer-somewhat expensive, near the Grand Cathedral) 50 30 70 87


  • Verdoyant-somewhat expensive, near the Place de Nations Unites, serves excellent Lasagne (50 31 54 07) - beware purse-snatchers and swindlers around the exit
  • Les Pilliers -somewhat expensive, Zone du Bois) 50 36 19 52
  • La Paillote (somewhat expensive, great pizza, delivers 50 31 87 34)
  • The Belvedere (somewhat expensive, amazing pizza, Koulouba) 50 33 64 21

Middle Eastern

  • Sindibal's (cheaper, downtown, delivers 50 30 58 74)
  • Chez Simon (cheaper, Kwame N Krumah, near Jimmy's 50 33 21 46). Also International food - burgers, pizza etc.
  • Veranda Lebanese and international. Opposite Chez Simon on Kwame N Krumah.
  • Baratapas (cheaper, fun, homemade rum, near STMB gare)


  • Restaurant du Chine (somewhat expensive, downtown)
  • L'Orient- (Zone du Bois, on Babanguida towards the Route de Fada 50 36 15 01)


  • Hamburger House (cheaper, delivers 50 34 54 41)
  • ISO (cheaper, delivers 50 36 21 67)
  • Showbiz (across the street from Hotel Splendid- great milkshakes)
  • American Rec Center at the US embassy


  • Le Jardin Bambou, (Route de Fada towards Zone du Bois, 50 31 35 14)
  • Kim Son (cnr Kwame N'Krumah / Av de l'Aeroport) good but somewhat expensive


  • Coq Bleu (expensive, Kwame N Krumah 50 30 01 93)
  • Vert Galant (expensive, Ouaga 2000)
  • l'Eau Vive (somewhat expensive, run by Catholic nuns)

Street food and snacks

All usually c. XOF250 CFA per plate on the street, depending on quantity or if there is meat: Rice and Beans (Benga), Rice and Sauce (Riz Sauce), To and sauce, Atteike, Spaghetti, Rice and tomato sauce (Riz Gras), Snacks- Peanuts and dates everywhere, semi-easy to find dried mangoes.


There are many bars. Here are the favorites from the Bobo Stagieres (these are all bars you can dance in):

  • Music Hall (reasonable prices, often has a European crowd, somewhat near the grand post, towards the zone du bois)
  • New Jack's (more expensive, great mirrors, across from Hotel Splendid)
  • Cactus Bar (expensive, pool tables, Eurpoean crowd, across from Hotel Splendid)
  • Le Prive (more expensive, downtown, nice atmosphere)
  • The Sahel (often has live music, great atmosphere, cheaper)
  • Bar DeNiro (more expensive, pool tables)
  • L'Axe (Peace Corps favourite on the Route de Fada, local crowd, cheaper)
  • Le Citadel (cheaper, local crowd)
  • The New Acropoli, Zogona (just off the Circulaire near the Total Station, cheaper, local crowd)
  • Paladium (cheaper, downtown, local crowd)
  • Gazoum (local crowd, racy, always a big crowd, Babanguida)



  • Go to Marina Market (50 31 09 65) or Scimas downtown, near the grande mosque (same street, maybe three blocks apart) for all cheese, meat, ice cream, other needs (closed from 12 to 3).


  • DIACFA- kind of behind SCIMAS, across from the Grande Marche. PAGES - downtown, somewhat near the grand poste


  • Dune, a block up from ISO on lefty side of street, turn up dirt road, great Mauritanian tissue vendors next door;
  • Anna's Fashion near Paradisio and Petrofa station
  • Issaka (76 67 69 79) and Victor (70 25 18 57) make house calls

Film developing:

  • Have had the best luck at ADC near Marina Market. Lotte Photo across from Scimas takes a bit longer, but also does a good enough job.


  • ATMs for Visa cards are available. Banque Atlantique is the only bank linked to the Maestro/Mastercard network but its ATMs *only* take cards issued by Banque Atlantique.

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