FROM THE AIRPORT
Gnassingbé Eyadéma Airport (Airport code – LFW) lies about 6km north of the centre of Lomé. The cost of a taxi varies depending on the location of your hotel, though you should expect to pay between CFA 1,000 (€1.50) and CFA 5,000 (€7.60).
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Try Hotel Mercure-Sarakawa, (Boulevard du Mono, 2276590, accorhotels.com), Hotel Napoléon Lagune (1 Rue 20 Bê, 22270732, napotogo.com) or Hotel Côté Sud (126 Rue Nima, Aguiar-Kome, 91934550).
La Belle Ėpoque Hotel Restaurant (Hotel Belle-Vue, Rue Gnagbadé, 22202240, hotel-togo-bellevue.com) serves French fusion cuisine, Le Pêcheur (Boulevard du Mono, 91596350) offers good seafood with a reputation for grilled fish and some elaborate shrimp recipes, while locals refer to Bena Grill (Rue du Lac, 2224138) as the “meat capital of Lomé” due to the large beef portions.
Akodessewa Fetish Market (pictured right) is reputed to be the largest voodoo market in the world. For fresh produce and more, try Lomé Grand Market, which is situated near the Lomé Cathedral.
Koutammouko is a cultural landscape designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Togo, and at Musee International du Golfe de Guinee (1603 Boulevard du Mono) you can see artefacts including masks and statues.
Escape the Togolese capital’s friendly hustle and enjoy the pleasant views and cool breeze – notably Lomé Beach and Robinson-Plage Beach. The latter, towards the east, is a popular swimming spot. Beachfront establishments offer cold beers and a great vibe at night.