Yaounde Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Yaounde

September 16, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Yaounde, a city of colorful open-air street markets and international embassies, is the second largest metropolis in Cameroon, and the country’s capital. Founded as an ivory trading post, the city still handles the production and distribution of some of the country’s main exports. The city is also a center of Cameroon’s culture, housing the National Museum, the AFHEMI Museum, and the Benedictine Museum of Mont-Febe, all three of which seek to preserve the country’s traditional arts and crafts.
Things to do in Yaounde

1. Calafatas

Rue Nachtigal | Centre ville, Yaounde, Cameroon Breakfast
Excellent
13%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
6%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 43 reviews

Calafatas

Reviewed By Glenn F - Sultan, Washington

Good variety. Just a bakery, but things are fresh and good. As with most bakeries in Europe, some of the sweets look better than they taste. Average prices.

2. Le Biniou

Bp 2083 | Parking Afriland Bank, Yaounde, Cameroon Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol French, European Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast 99 50 31 68
Excellent
20%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 72 reviews

Le Biniou

Reviewed By benbatouta - Boston, Massachusetts

The menu is quite varied with good starters, fish, meats, etc. The avocado shrimp gratins is a good starter and quite filling. There is several variations on the Capitan Fish and they are all good. The pasta dishes are generous in size and tasty. All in all, a very pleasant place for lunch or dinner ( I have done both). Lunch is usually a buffet. However, the service is quite slow, similar to many other places in Yaoundé! Nothing new so better get used to slow service.

3. Cafe de Yaounde

Aosdosa 1 1, Yaounde, Cameroon Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$165 - HK$267 +237 2 22 22 85 94
Excellent
35%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 224 reviews

Cafe de Yaounde

Reviewed By Ronald_jelle - The Hague, The Netherlands

Today we went to Cafe Yaounde for lunch and well up to now for me this is the nicest restaurant/ cafe that I have seen in Yaounde. The garden is lovely and also the restaurant itself is cosy. The walls are filled with art , the ventilators on the ceiling keep it nice and cool (not too cool), it really has a nice vibe....
The service was a bit slow, perhaps because people like to sit here for a long time or because the people will come anyway?.
The food was fine, the stake could have been better, but I was happy with my lasagna!!.
We liked the garden and the restaurant so much that we will be back here and I do recommend people that come to Yaoude to give it a try, I don't think you'll find something much nicer than this.

4. Cosy Pool Lounge Bar

Derriere Usine BASTOS | Rue 1766, Yaounde, Cameroon Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol French, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +237 98909948
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Cosy Pool Lounge Bar

Reviewed By Jilly881 - Yaounde, Cameroon

I eat here every week. Great food and service. Have not been disappointed yet. Atmosphere thumbs up and quality and freshness is excellent . Gotta love French great food.

5. La Salsa

Rue 1.798 | next to the Nigerian High Commission in Bastos, Yaounde, Cameroon Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available European, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +237 22 01 01 01
Excellent
28%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 132 reviews

La Salsa

Reviewed By Sarisse - Basel, Switzerland

Went there with colleagues for dinner. Service is efficient with old waiters knowing their job. Tried the tajine recommended by the waiter and it was pretty tasty. Wine is good and overall ambiance is ok for a dinner with colleagues or friends. You can try it.

6. Le Yao Ba Restaurant and Bar

Just off Rue Joseph Eloumden | at geocoord: 3.8869750N 11.5166334E or 440 meters north west of traffic circle, Rond Point, Nlongkak. Just off Rue Eloumden about 20 meters on a side street...well-lit sign, Yaounde, Cameroon Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol African, International, European Dinner
Excellent
29%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Le Yao Ba Restaurant and Bar

Listed URL is a local restaurant review, not the restaurant itself. Located in the upscale district of Bastos. This is the most upscale non-hotel restaurant and bar in Yaounde--actually the only one of its type in the city. we just discovered it and had a great meal there. It is pricey, particularly the cocktails. This needs to be listed particularly if local American embassy diplomats have just found this place after 15 months on the scene. By the way, geocoords used as the address because neither Yaounde nor Douala have any street signs. For Cameroon, its best to give a geocoord, go to google maps, print the map and navigate as best one can. I'd prefer street signs and addresses, but they have no meaning here and I'm just a temporary--albeit long-term--guest. If you need more location info, email me. This place should be on trip advisor if only because there are so few nice places to go out at night in Yaounde in decent Neighborhoods. Bastos is one of the most upscale--its a diplomatic area.

Reviewed By Soonest - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Live music with loads of ole zouk, Makossa was reminiscent of my youthful days in Kmer. Bartender could take a mixologist class but the ambience and lively crowd was well appreciated.

7. Bois d'Ebene

Avenue 5 | Mgr Vogt, Yaounde, Cameroon Reservations, Waitstaff African Dinner
Excellent
10%
Good
77%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Bois d'Ebene

Reviewed By Al R - Barcelona, Spain

Typical Cameroonian cuisine but with some twists. Viper available on the menu. Big room with hundreds of seats and every night a concert. Service is quite slow but price are ok. Mix of internationals and locals. Definitively a place to try

8. Platinium Cafe

Bastos, 2 Rue Mballa Eloumden, Yaounde 2081, Cameroon Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Grill, African, Seafood, Wine Bar Drinks, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$157 +237 6 96 77 42 40
Excellent
62%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Platinium Cafe

An Exclusive CAFE in Yaoundé that serves local food from Cameroon. We serve breakfast, lunch and diner. We are inviting you to try ou BBQ Chicken , Meat Kebab and Fish Kebab

Reviewed By YanninB - London

Fun vibe about the place. Limited menu but done well. The service occasionally slow but I'd happily recommend it in spite.

9. Kajazoma RESTAURANT GALERIE D ART

Bastos, Angle Ambassade de Belgique Et Rue 1793, Yaounde, Cameroon Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Delivery French, European, Fusion Drinks, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +237 6 78 92 18 65
Excellent
40%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Kajazoma RESTAURANT GALERIE D ART

Un mixte ,une fusion entre l'Afrique et le reste du monde , clientèle internationale , une des meilleurs tables de Yaoundé,une galerie d'art et une ambiance sympa, orchestre le vendredi et le samedi ,brunch le dimanche avec un professeur de peinture pour les enfants et massages africains sur RDV

Reviewed By Yunnan C

Beautiful environment, rather out of the way in Bastos. Food was good, but the selection of local dishes was rather limited, and though the food was pretty overpriced compared to other restaurants around doing the same thing.

10. LE SAFOUTIER

Boulevard du 20 Mai, Yaounde 11852, Cameroon Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards European, French, African, International, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +237 2 22 23 36 46
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

LE SAFOUTIER

Named after Cameroon's famous safou fruit tree, this bright, contemporary Yaounde restaurant has views over the Hilton Yoaunde hotel's Gardens. Savor international buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner with nightly themes, such as international and local cuisine, amid colorful African artworks.

Reviewed By sammyb996 - Wum, Cameroon

First impressions are most appealing: the atmosphere is stunning, the staff poised and attentive and the food beautifully presented and protected. Finally, the taste:a wide variety of delicious dishes as tasty as home cooked food that speaks to all palettes. Only wish more dishes from tasty local Cameroonian cuisine were served.

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