Hotel le Berceau

Hotel le Berceau is an unexpected presence, looming on the roadside in the town of Notsé, about 100 kilometers outside of Lome on the N1. While the surrounding area doesn’t have any top billing tourist draws, le Berceau itself is such an unusual hotel to find outside of Lome, it can be worth stopping over on…

Galerie Found in Africa

Whether you’re looking to furnish a new apartment or house or simply seeking an interesting afternoon of admiring some nice artistry, Galerie Found in Africa is worth a visit. This shop, in Tokoin Trésor, is run by the friendly and animated Cameroonian Souleyman who has made his home in Togo for many years. The shop sells…

Onomo Hotel

Since opening in 2015, Onomo Hotel has rapidly become a fixture in Lomé. There are over 100 rooms in this busy hotel with locations across the region with increasing name recognition. This means that occasionally guests have complaints about inconsistent service or occasionally a rogue air conditioners in need of repair, but overall Onomo offers up a…

Getting around Lomé…without your own car

Visiting or living in Lomé without access to your own set of wheels can be seriously limiting. Here are some of the options the city has on offer, along with their respective pros and cons. For those traveling luggage-free and solo, a zémidjan (aka zem or moto taxi) is the most direct and often cheapest way to…

Hotel Parc Residence

Kpalimé is a favorite long weekend destination, and the hidden garden Hotel Parc Residence is a favorite retreat for getting away from Lome for a few days. Parc Residence offers a beautiful, quiet setting with a stunning garden surrounding a well-maintained swimming pool 4 kilometers outside of the center of Kpalimé town. The hotel makes…

Afriklub Go Karting

Seeking a change from your standard Lomé leisure activities? Look no further than Afriklub go kart racetrack, located on Boulevard Jean Paul II in Kégué, just next to the stadium. Zip around the tire-lined track in a speedy go kart for a friendly competition with friends. When planning a kids’ outing, note that young children…

Nem 24

As the name of this place suggests, they serve decent, greasy nems. Located in a high traffic strip of restaurants on the Boulevard de 13 Janvier, Nem 24 (or Restaurant Vietnamien) offers reasonably priced large helpings of chicken, fish, calamari, duck, and pork; vermicelli dishes; riz cantonnais with small shrimps, chicken or beef; and deep…

Samran Thai Massage

After a week up-country sleeping on some of Togo’s less comfortable mattresses, I made a distress call to a friend who’s lived in Lome for a while : Where can an aching back get a good massage around here? She gave a glowing recommendation of Samran Thai Massage, claiming it was good as many of…

Hotel la Douceur

My second evening in Kara saw me with an appetite to explore what the town has to offer. Hôtel la Douceur came highly recommended so I decided to take a walk from my hotel which surprisingly does not seem to have a functional restaurant. Google maps, contrary to what I have become accustomed to in…

l’Annexe Belle Époque

Tucked next to the German embassy in Kodjoviakopé neighborhood and around the corner from its fancier sister, Hotel Bellevue’s Belle Époque, Annexe offers a bar and restaurant in a uniquely cozy garden atmosphere. Friendly staff welcome guests into an area lit with a warm glow, thanks to paper lanterns hanging in trees, where seating options…

le Phenicien

There’s lots going on inside what, at first glance, looks like an ordinary three-story office building next to EcoBank’s towering headquarters. Perhaps the neon purple lights should be your first hint that this place is out to impress. Phenicien is, in turns, a bakery, an ice cream shop, a Lebanese fast food eatery, and a…

l’Hôtel St. Manick

This hotel is on a side street in the Nukafu neighborhood, just behind the UNHCR office. The l’Hôtel St. Manick website presents photos and video which overstate the grandeur of this mediocre establishment. The decor of the rooms at St. Manick’s flagship location is drab and tired, with blankets and curtains having seen better days….