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The 4 Best Roof Top Bars and Restaurants in Dakar

One of the (many, indeed) aspects I love about living in Senegal is the climate. Despite the very tough and humid months of the rainy season, from November to June the weather is just perfect here: moderately hot during the day and cool at night, which results to be very conducive for Dakar’s vibrant outdoor night life.  Open air bars and restaurants abound in fact, and honestly, can you think to a nicer way to end a busy hot day than enjoying a good cocktail or a tasty dinner in a breezy place? And what if this place could also offer a front-row seat to the nicest views of the city? I know, sounds really tempting!

So get inspired and take note of these 4 cool rooftop bars and restaurants in Dakar where to relish food and drinks with a view!

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#1 Phare des Mamelles

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As said, Mamelles’ old Lighthouse is probably the most photogenic location of the whole Dakar, offering a breathtaking view over the Ocean and the city’s skyline.

Besides his historical value, what keeps attracting people is the stylish external open air lounge bar that starting from 7 pm serves good tapas and dinners within a vibrant musical scene: deep house on Thursdays, live jam sessions on Fridays, disco club music on Saturdays.

On Sundays, you can enjoy a rich brunch which includes a wide selection of bakeries, fresh juices and other gourmand options.

 

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#2 Bayekou

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This lively rooftop restaurant and bar overlooks the picturesque Island of N’gor, a green tiny gem nestled in the homonymous bay, always crowded with colourful pirogues and boats. Such a lovely view would be alone a good reason to climb up and spend some time here.

But there is much more: the atmosphere is sophisticated, thanks to a wise and elegant mix of western and African decorations. The food is remarkable, a result of a very interesting combination of Italian and Latin American cuisines, both managed with great mastery and accuracy. Bartenders are skilful and cocktails, ça va sans dire, are special!

Open for lunch and dinner, Bayekou also proposes themed night like on Wednesdays, when freshly home made tacos are served. On Fridays, their renowned Aperitivo Italiano draws in a multitude of well mixed people, while talented DJs animate the scene.

 

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#3 Hotel du Phare

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In the heart of the busy neighbourhood of Mamelles, this lovely guest house has a very welcoming and cozy aspect due mainly to his colourful walls, nice decorations and homey common areas filled with books and comfortable seats. The double level rooftop bar is their main attraction though, from where you will enjoy a breezy wide view over Mamelles’ lighthouse and the neighbourhood’s roofs. Perfect at sunset, to enjoy nice tapas and pizzas while sipping good cocktails. Thursdays are the most animated nights, with the Aperomix starting from 7 pm; on Tuesdays, international movies are projected and what a treat to watch good cinema in such a nice setting!

 

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#4 Hotel Le Djoloff

/Best bars and rooftop restaurants in Dakar for design lovers

This renowned boutique hotel facing the main coastal road of the city will seduce you immediately, with his exquisite colonial style architecture and colourful bougainvillaea climbing up over the external walls. You will be even more charmed once on the cool terrace bar, admiring the spectacular view over the bay of Soumbeldiune and Madeleine Island, while savouring tasty snacks and tapas.

Friday night is the best moment to be there when people flock after attending live sessions at La Cave, the cool and renowned jazz club in the basement of the Hotel.

 

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