City Guide, Abidjan
Abidjan is Côte d'Ivoire's administrative center, commercial capital, and largest
city. Its modern port is centered on Little Bassam Island, which is linked with
the rest of the city by two bridges; the Vridi Canal passing through the lagoon
bar provides access to the Atlantic Ocean. Coffee, cacao, timber, pineapples, manganese,
and plantains are the chief items shipped from the port. Abidjan's major industries
are food processing, sawmilling, automotive assembly, and the manufacture of textiles,
chemicals, beverages, and soap.
Abidjan is a unique city in Africa. Its nicknames, such as "Manhattan of
the tropics", "Small Manhattan" or "Pearl of the lagoons",
explain the city's unpredictable and triumphant image. With its accommodation facilities
– such as the Golf Hôtel – and sporting facilities, its lively night life, transport
and communication lines as well as its impressiveness, it is the perfect city for
Abidjan also has beaches around the lagoon, with palm and coconut trees, in the
Vridi area, which are very popular at weekends with the picturesque sight of the
pineapple and coconut sellers. Aside from this, the city has its rainforest reserve,
the Parc National du Banco, where you can go trekking and be amazed with its majestic
trees and sparkling lake. However, there is little wildlife in the reserve.
Culture and entertainment
The Treichville mosque, the Cocody mosque, the Plateau Mosque,]andSaint-Paul’s
Cathedral in Abjan, created by the architect Aldo Spirito and inaugurated by Pop
John Paul II in 1985, make up the city's main religious buildings. The cathedral
is the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan.
To experience nightlife in Abidjan all you have to do is go to Princess Road
in Yopougon. Experience African music with live bands in a number of bars and nightclubs
along Princess Road. Drink and relax while DJs play African sounds. Club goers are
also free to dance to the African beat. The famous spicy chicken prepared along
the street adds to the lively African atmosphere. Some regard Princess Road as the
center of night activities in the City.
Food and drink
Abidjan and other centers have restaurants serving Caribbean, French, Italian,
Lebanese and Vietnamese food. There is a growing number of African restaurants catering
for foreigners. The best area for spicy African food is the Treichville district
of Abidjan. The blue pages of the Abidjan telephone book have a special restaurant
section. There are no restrictions on drinking.
- Kedjenou (chicken cooked with different vegetables and sealed in banana
- N’voufou (mashed bananas or yam mixed with palm oil and served with
- Attieké (cassava dish)
There are lots of opportunities for a great Abidjan Shopping spree in this city
of the Ivory Coast or Cote d’Ivorie. There are many shopping centers and shopping
malls which offer variety of items and goods ranging from the high prices to the
cheap. The best opportunity for buyers is in the markets of Abidjan which possess
marvelous varieties of textile, jewelry, masks, pottery, woodcarvings, and musical
instruments. Le Plateau is the city’s business hub where chic boutiques and
al fresco cafes are to be found. The place is much frequented by business travelers.
If you are looking for a good place to shop, you will be able to find several places
here that offer excellent items for sale.