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…