Dakar's cuisine happily blends the African and French traditions. At Le Dagorne (11 rue Dagorne; 221-822-2080), a Colonial-era Gallic institution near the Kermel Market, eat a salad niçoise or salad lardons in the breezy courtyard.
Less formal is Le Toukouleur (122 rue Moussé Diop; 221-821-5193), a plant-filled, airy eatery with an open kitchen that serves light French dishes and Senegalese classics such as maffe, a peanut-butter stew.
The menu at Chez Loutcha (101 rue Moussé Diop; 221-821-0302) is made up of food from Portugal's former African colonies, like cachupa, a corn stew with meat and dried vegetables.
By day, eat buttery pastries and people-watch at Les Ambassades (4 Blvd. de l’Est, Point E; 228-825-5587); late night, the café serves pizza and Middle Eastern snacks.