FROM THE AIRPORT
Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport (Airport code – NSI) is 28km from the city. The official taxi rate is 5,000 CFA (€7.60) from 6am-10pm and 6,000 CFA (€9.
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The Hilton Hotel (Boulevard du 20 Mai, central business district, 222233646, hilton.com), boasts five restaurants and bars, a fitness centre WiFi and a pool, while Hotel Merina (Avenue Ahmadou Ahidjo, central business district, 222222131, cameroun-plus.com), has WiFi, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs in rooms.
L’Awalé (Rue Frédéric Foe, Hippodrome district, 33013395) serves traditional African favourites with live, lantern-lit jazz performances and a garden gift shop. Café de Yaoundé (Avenue Churchill, Hippodrome district, 22144535) has an artsy, European vibe and an international menu. Socrat (Nouvelle Route Bastos, 90040404) features a restaurant with Lebanese delicacies and a hookah bar.
The best quality wax print fabrics are found in Le Briquiterrie, in Yaoundé’s Muslim quarter. So is the best street food. Ask locals to direct you to ‘cinquante-cinquante’, delectable meat brochettes sold for 50 francs (only €0.08).
Catch up with le fut in style at Black & White (99515024, Carrefour Bastos, firstname.lastname@example.org), a Bastos lounge popular for its big-screen TVs, liquor selection, ladies’ nights and speed-dating soireés.
Soon after it opened in 2012, Le Moulin de France (Boulevard du 20 Mai, central business district) eclipsed the historic Calafatas (22231729, Rue De Nachtigal, centre of the city) as Yaoundé’s premier place for pastries. An upstairs restaurant and lounge is also worth a visit.