Saturday, September 18, 2021

Money & Shopping in Togo

AfricaTogoMoney & Shopping in Togo

Togo uses the West African CFA franc (XOF). Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, and Senegal all use it. While technically distinct from the Central African CFA franc (XAF), the two currencies are used interchangeably at par in all nations that utilize the CFA franc (XAF & XOF).

The French Treasury backs both CFA francs, which are linked to the euro at 1 euro = 655.957 CFA francs.


A liter of fuel will set you back 600 CFA, while a liter of water would set you back 300 CFA. A baguette will set you back around 175 CFA, while a half pound of local coffee would set you back about 1,200 CFA. A drink at a store can set you back about 350 CFA, while a meal in an expat restaurant would set you back around 1,000 CFA. In the supermarket, a can of Coca-Cola costs between 200 and 400 CFA. “Western cuisine,” mainly from France, is available in stores, although it is more expensive than in Europe.


Togo’s most popular souvenirs are usually voodoo-related, such as a charm or mask. The voodoo market in Lomé is the obvious location to go for these trinkets, but expect to pay tourist trap rates.