Abidjan is the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. The political capital is Yamoussouka. Abidjan is the most populous French-speaking city in all of West Africa.
FROM THE AIRPORT
Abidjan Airport (Airport code – ABJ) is only 16km from the city centre. Get a metered orange taxi which can be found outside the airport exit. A ride to the Plateau district and most of the business hotels should cost between CFA 3,000 (€4.60) and CFA 6,000 (€9.15).
Hotel Particulier is a serene and modern escape in the centre of the city where you can be pampered in style and turn in after a day’s activities or business. There is WiFi to catch up on business or social networks (52 Rue B, 22441616, hotelparticulier-abj.com).
Hotel le Griffon (Rue des Jardins, 22416222) and Hotel Ecologe (Rue des Alizés, Zone 4, Bietry, 21249870) both offer a cosy environment with good amenities at reasonable prices.
Alternatively try Hôtel Ivotal (Rue Gourgas, 20256666, ivotel.com)
For French cuisine with a local touch, there’s Le Grand Large, (149 Boulevard de Marseille, Zone 4, Bietry, 21242113) while Le Montparnasse (Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, Zone 4, 21343501) has French, African and Italian cuisine.
Centre Artisanale de la ville d’Abidjan, Bietry, is where you’ll find wood carvings and fabric , and for textiles, jewellery, masks and pottery visit Adjamé Market, in Boulevard Abrogoua.
Unwind in the wine lounge at Kaiten (Rue du Dr Blanchard, Zone 4, 21254461, kaiten.ci). The venue also serves Japanese and European cuisine and has a sushi bar.
As part of the revival of the art scene in Abidjan, the Cecile Fakhoury gallery (cecilefakhoury.com) opened n 2012 in Cocody on Boulevard Latrille. It is dedicated to contemporary art and has exhibited artists such as Ivoirians Aboudia and Paul Sika, as well as Senegalese star Cheick N’diaye.
Cathedrale St Paul was built at an estimated cost of €9 million between 1980 and 1985. The impressive structure is the main Roman Catholic church in Abidjan. The first stone was laid by Pope John Paul II during a visit to the Ivory Coast in May 1980. Find it between Boulevard de Gaulle and Boulevard Angoulvant.