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Yaounde is the capital of Cameroon.
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Points of Interest in Yaounde
The city's not really set up for tourists, but some fun things to see are the Mvog Betsi zoo (primates and lions, with a kid's playground), the Mokolo market (very big and in-your-face), Mont Febe, or maybe the swimming pools of some of the hotels.
The city centre houses government offices, some hotels, and the central market. The Bastos neighbourhood, with most homes owned by Cameroonians, is home to foreign embassies and the expatriate European community (drawn mainly from the diplomatic corps). The presidential palace and compound is in the Etoudi neighborhood.
Also found in Yaoundé are:
- The Cathédrale Notre Dame des Victoires, the seat of the Archdiocese of Yaoundé
- The Basilique Marie-Reine-des-Apôtres, built on the site of the first missionary church in Cameroon
- The Cameroon Art Museum (located in a former Benedictine monastery)
- The Cameroon National Museum (located in the former presidential palace)
- "National Library" (currently closed for renovation)
- "National Archives"
- The Afhemi Museum
- The Palais du Sport
There is a small zoo in the Mvog-Betsi neighbourhood. Yaoundé has a small assortment of nightclubs and restaurants.
Yaoundé is the capital of Cameroon, and as such the centre of political power in the country. It is smaller than the economic centre (Douala), but still a bustling city. Most people are Francophone (that is, French speakers), but many (especially younger people) also speak English (they may deny it, but their English is still normally better than many native English speaker's French).
There are a number of supermarkets around. The most obvious in the centre is Casino (a large French supermarket chain) next to the Notre Dame cathedral in the center of town where you can buy typical European brand-name foods. You can also find "Niki" in many places (including the Mfoundi area near the centre). Dovv in Bastos is another option, and has many European brand-names (though at the cheaper end of the scale).
Bakeries are often the only places open on public holidays. A good (but not cheap for the sweet things) place is Le Moulin de France, just off the main drag near Casino in the centre.
Street stalls are everywhere, but a nice place to go is Nlongkak round about. Here there's a bit of a variety, and plenty of places to get a beer. A plate of beans should cost between 200-500CFA, an omlet around 500 (or 1000 if in a resturant with chips), and a plate of spaghetti maybe 500CFA. Prices may vary considerably depending on the honesty of your vendor.
Prices for street vendors shouldn't vary too much for many items. E.g. Three or four bananas or a grilled corn (maize) cob should be 100CFA, anywhere in the city.
A great place in Bastos is "Saint Tropez", meals are around 2000-2500, see the menu. Drinks are reasonably priced. Just off the main road, if you are coming from the centre, after the big T-junction (down which you will find the Meuomi Palace Hotel) take the first left.
- Istanbul, a turkish restaurant in Bastos, ~2000 - 5000. No Alcohol, but good food.
- Some of the Chinese restaurants in Bastos have good mid-range options.
There are are a few restaurants in the Churchill Avenue area, including:
- Masion de Coree - Korean, just off Churchill Avenue, there are signs
- A Meditarian restaurant serving Morocan and Spanish dishes mainly
- An African restaurant
- Cafe Yaoundé, Hippodrome. Pricey (~10 000 for your meal) food. Seems to be catering to the expat crowd with a focus on European style cuisine. Nice ambiance with patio seating in a lush garden area.
In Bastos there are also some places:
- Burnea Vista - normally quite quiet, but the food is good. European style.
- Salsa - European style
- Chez Whou - Apparently one of a chain, Chinese food.
- Other Chinese restaurants in the area area also pricy.
If you need CFA, there are a handful of ATMs at banks around the city, as well as one in the Hilton in the center of Yaounde. The ATM at the Hilton is the only one that accepts Mastercard. You should travel with another type of card (eg Visa) if possible. There are also many people on the street who will change money, e.g. at the airport, outside the Hilton, and at the Casino supermarket. Money changers on the street can be recognized by seeing them rub their thumb and middle finger together at you (not a rude gesture, just a sign). They will generally accept Euros but some may also accept dollars. Know the conversion rate before you go in case you need to haggle, but the group of people who change money outside the Casino give a good rate without haggling (650 CFA per Euro, vs. a 656 CFA per Euro official rate).
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