Abidjan

The charming capital of Côte d’Ivoire has life and color in abundance. After munching a plate of garba (fish and cassava) or braised chicken with alloco (fried plantains) in a maquis (open-air restaurant), head to the Plateau district, home of the Musée des Civilisations de Côte d’Ivoire and Saint-Paul’s Cathedral. While there, be sure to note La Pyramide and Postel Tower, two distinctive skyscrapers. Then stop by the bustling Adjamé or Treichville markets. Shopping enthusiasts will love Abidjan Mall, PlaYce-Marcory shopping center or CAVA (Centre Artisanal de la Ville d’Abidjan). There’s no shortage of art in Babi, and colorful works by the country’s and continent’s top artists can be found at the Donwahi Foundation, Cécile Fakhoury Gallery and LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery. Some of the cultural events not to be missed include the annual Popo Carnival, FEMUA (Urban Music Festival of Anoumabo) and MASA (Abidjan Arts and Entertainment Market).