Top 9 Things to do in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

March 27, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

Abidjan (French pronunciation: ​[abidʒɑ̃]) is the economic capital of Côte d'Ivoire and is one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa. According to the 2014 Côte d'Ivoire census, Abidjan's population was 4.7 million, which is 20 percent of the overall population of the country, and this also makes it the fourth most populous city proper in Africa, after Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa. Considered the cultural crossroads of Africa, Abidjan is characterised by a high level of industrialisation and urbanisation.
Restaurants in Abidjan

1. St. Paul's Cathedral

Blvd. Angoulvant, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire +225 20 21 20 26
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 168 reviews

St. Paul's Cathedral

Reviewed By Hannah75 - Epsom, United Kingdom

If you have some spare time in Abidjan, St Paul's Cathedral is a must see especially if you are interested in African architecture. The building is fascinating in its design and the stain glass windows stunning. You do have to time your trip right though and make sure you visit the office. Tried to visit one evening and got told off by the security guards for just walking in which is strange for a place of worship! Came back next day in the afternoon and headed to the admin office to ask if we could visit and there was no problem at all. Glad we came back!

Boulevard Valery Giscard D'Estaing, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire +225 45 23 95 14
Excellent
24%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

PlaYce-Marcory

Reviewed By mahme - Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Comfortable Western Standard Shopping, with a nice foodcourt with several eating options. It's on the way to the airport so convenient stop for last minute shopping before flying off.

3. Jardin botanique de Bingerville

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Excellent
35%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
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4 based on 36 reviews

Jardin botanique de Bingerville

Reviewed By Piedrarip - Lagos, Nigeria

It was a nice stroll in the Bingerville Botanic garden, though weather was too hot.
Weekdays entrance was negligible 200 CFA. Paths are easy to walk, though locals prefer to ride a car. Unless you are a botanical expert, you won't be able to recognize almost any plant or tree. The only descriptions we found were who planted the tree (usually politician).
We were told that in recent years the garden was popular among robbers and fools from nearby psychiatric clinic. This is no longer true. Garden was walled and there is a razor-wire on top of the wall.
There is basic bar with alco a day non-alco drinks. A must in hot weather.

4. The Plateau

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Excellent
15%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 114 reviews

The Plateau

Favored particularly by business travelers, the Plateau is a district of Abidjan with a number of shops and parks.

Reviewed By Carrie P - Greater London, United Kingdom

The majority of Abidjan's International Offices and Banking are set here - with the lagoon running alongside - the Plateau has a couple of impressive mosques, and the Novotel hotel situated as a great hotel to stay in for accessing some excellent shops for the Ivorian Waxes which are a must buy for making spectacular duvets, or running up some fun trousers, dresses and shirts at a local tailor's during your stay

5. Banco National Park

Autoroute Nord | Espace écotouristique du Banco situé près de la Station Serviec Shell., Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire +225 59 82 72 77
Excellent
26%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Banco National Park

Reviewed By NnennaWestAfrica - Abidjan

Completely lose yourself in the middle of the city. Really refreshing. The trees have long stories and a guide is there to tell them!

6. Grande Mosquee du Plateau

Avenue Crosson Duplessis, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Excellent
31%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 19 reviews

Grande Mosquee du Plateau

Reviewed By AlfredtheGreat - Exeter

This mosque was under construction the first time I came to Abidjan in March 2000, and as at September 2015 is still not yet completely finished but is now in use for prayers.
It is an impressive building, but best to avoid at prayer time because the huge loudspeakers appear to want to call out directly to Mecca !!!

7. Treichville

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Excellent
5%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 20 reviews

Treichville

The hub for nightlife in Abidjan, Treichville is home to many popular clubs and restaurants.

Reviewed By enduranceRider - Los Angeles, California, United States

I'm originally from Cote D'ivoire ( Ivory Coast) and Yes it is beautiful country under development.
Just to help travelers with this Review, if you're not from Ivory Coast, Trechville is not the place to be. It's not the safest place. There are many other places for night life (Plateau) for local clubs that are considered Descent (nothing like Europe though)
Feel free to contact me for inside information as well. The hottest club in Abidjan is PRIVE to be honest (in comparison to other local clubs) .
It will preferable be better to go around with someone from Abidjan who knows his/her way around - Just being honest with this , I love Ivory Coast and the people are super friendly and simple.
If you're there , make sure you Visit Assini (the island) , It's a beautiful and that;s where you'll enjoy the island's life style...Yes they do have Clubs on the beach , water activities and beautiful coast.

8. Musee des Civilisations de Cote d’Ivoire

Le Plateau, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire +225 20 22 20 56
Excellent
13%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
16%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 30 reviews

Musee des Civilisations de Cote d’Ivoire

Reviewed By koyli - Melbourne, Australia

What a disappointment, considering that this is the national museum, for such a country that has more money than many of its neighbours. The National Museum in Liberia and Afghanistan has more to offer, and they are even poorer countries.
Still it was worth a look, I think I only had 20 minutes there which was long enough to see the very few relics on display. Had to pay extra to take photos, but not really anything worth taking a picture of, apart from a great Elephant head skull and tusks, but that was under the nose of the many "idle" staff that where not doing anything apart from resting.
There is some car parking, and its easy to get to on foot from the Cathedral, however after visiting the Cathedral first the museum was such a let down, perhaps I should have done it the other way round....
Make your own mind up, but I don't think you will be there much longer than I was.

9. Abidjan Mall

Riviera Bonoumin, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire +22500
Excellent
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100%
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4 based on 1 reviews

Abidjan Mall

Reviewed By P_Caron - Ottawa, Canada

Nice boutique, clean food court is excellent and the third floor is dedicated to kids entertainment only; inflated structures, trampolines, play structures, train, carousel, laser tag, arcade, bowling, skating and more...

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