Whether you like them or not, the French have left one good legacy in West Africa: bread. Fresh, delectable baguettes are widely available, and visitors need not be concerned about being ill as a result of the bread.
In Bamako, vegetarians will have a difficult time. When you ask for a vegetarian lunch, you’ll likely get the look reserved for youngsters and elderly relatives you don’t want to disturb. It’s unusual to refuse meat in a nation where poverty is rampant and food is frequently limited.
Mornings beans, fries, and fried plaintains may all be obtained on the streets of the city. Small streetside “cafes” where you can buy a VERY fried egg sandwich and some nescafe can be found at all hours of the day and night. Several types of fried dough are also readily available. Lunch- Rice and sauce is the most common dish; a plate of meat at a local restaurant should not cost more than 500 yen, but may cost up to 1,500 yen. In the evenings, you may easily obtain attcheke (cassava dish), spaghetti, beans, boiled eggs, and fries.
Beef and fish are excellent sources of protein for meat lovers. Beef kebabs and grilled Capitaine, a freshwater fish native to the Niger River, are always popular. Chickens are often allowed to fend for themselves and are typically underweight in comparison to North American poultry. Despite the fact that the situation is improving, you may wish to prevent disappointment and avoid eating chicken while in Bamako. To prevent food poisoning, keep away from fresh veggies as much as possible, and make sure your meal is scorching hot before consuming it.
For approximately XOF250, you can have an excellent omelette sandwich at a number of eateries.
Many street sellers serve bread, rice, fries, salad, and grilled meat; nevertheless, while dining on the street, take care.
Quartier du Fleuve opposite the Service d’Hygiène, +223 6672 0781.
In a little street, there is a bistro/restaurant/bar. In a courtyard, eating. Service was excellent and kind. Local delicacies, à la carte steak, seafood, or pasta are among the daily specials. The bar is well supplied. Recommended. For main courses, expect to pay roughly USD5.
Between the obelisk round point and Place Can, there is an ACI 2000. Lebanese cuisine with excellent schwarmas, hummus, and brochettes. Staff is kind and helpful.
(Next to Place de l’OVMS).
On a plaza just off a busy road, there’s a restaurant serving delicious real African food. It’s not luxury, but it’s adequate. Beer and wine are available, however due to the closeness of a mosque, don’t be shocked if they ask you to keep your bottles hidden on the floor on Fridays. A second site may be found in the Musée National. c. XOF3000 for main courses.
Rue 311 (In Quartier du Fleuve), +223 7666 9999.
Restaurant and bar on the premises. One of the oddest views on the planet. Tex-Mex meals are served at the restaurant by Malians wearing velour cowboy hats and vests, while the bar is staffed by blond Russian professional ladies. To be believed, you must see it. The meal is also not horrible.
(In Hippodrome quarter, just off Rue Bla bla).
Another Lebanese restaurant with somewhat better cuisine than the others. On the menu are tasty shawarmas, pizzas, and mixed salads.
Bla Bla is a popular hangout for Bamako’s upper crust, where they may unwind with a (expensive) drink or bottle of champagne. It is one of the most popular places to see and be seen, with a modest but wonderful African food, a large choice of drinks, and cool draft beer. The average cost of an entrée in this city is roughly $15 US. This location also hosts local artist shows on a regular basis.
The Terrace, located adjacent to the Bla Bla, is a big bar/lounge perched over a nightclub. Very nice ambiance with salsa music and dancing. Pizzas and other dishes are excellent.
In Hippodrome, Le Relax is a famous Lebanese hangout with fast meals and free Wi-Fi. The menu’s highlights include pizzas, shawarmas, and hummus.
The only place you can get a “genuine” hamburger with “real” cheese is at Broadway, a Western-style restaurant. Breakfast burritos, chicken wings, and shakes are also available. If you miss the comforts of home, this is a great option. Burgers are under $4 without fries, but a complete entrée may cost up to $12.
San Toro is a Malian restaurant that serves traditional Malian cuisine and beverages, including ginger, tamrind, and seasonal fruit-based cocktails. There’s usually live acoustic music playing, and the atmosphere is really laid-back.
Da Guido, located immediately after the Bla Bla Road turns to mud, is a genuine Italian eatery managed by genuine Italians. Their oven-fired pizzas are the finest in Bamako, and they also provide hearty pasta dishes. Here, high-end wine is readily available. With the Roman wall paintings and stone flooring, you’ll believe you’ve stumbled into an Italian restaurant in Brookly as you step in. A decent pizza will set you back about USD15.