Café Layu

I wasn’t quite sure what to think when I heard a new shop had opened in Les Almadies and that they sold coffee drinks and handbags. Part of me was a little ‘what??’ and they other part was a little ‘that’s awesome’.


Turns out that Café Layu is located next door to Layu the clothing and accessories shop. (They have a great website, if you’re still thinking about handbags. Or jewelry. Or a new Tabaski boubou.)


What I love about Café Layu is that they have created a perfect blend of American coffeeshop and Senegalese specialties. The menu, for example, includes lattes and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting right next to attaya and pastels. They have a wide selection of pastries, muffins, cakes and quick breads (the banana bread looked wonderful) and also coffee drinks, teas, fresh juices, local specialty drinks and even a mango smoothie.

Even the décor is a beautiful mixture of coffeeshop essentials and Senegal. (Just go see it for yourself – I really did a horrible job capturing it in photos.)

And you even have the option of ordering online via HelloFood Senegal and having a little sampling of Layu delivered to your door.


What’s not to love? Unfortunately, the coffee drink preparation could use a bit of work. Sometimes a little burned, sometimes a little weak… All things that are easily fixed with a little training behind the counter. Especially since they are using Cor Coumba coffees, which are great.

Overall, a very welcome addition to Dakar’s food scene and I will definitely be going back! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Tel: 33 868 13 32

Route du King Fahd Palace
Immeuble Numéro 26
Dakar, Senegal



  1. on their behalf, the hit or miss coffee was at a time they had coffee machine issues… We are in Sénégal, they are not sold and good luck finding the right person to repair!!! 🙂

    • Yes, unfortunately it can be a challenge. We went back a couple weeks ago and there was no coffee at all that day because the machine was broken.

  2. Hello! Went there this morning and I confirm : coffee is really bad! As the service unfortunatly… Of you ´re not senegalese then just wait… And smile must and kindness must be on option.. That’s such a shame! The place is really nice but service and coffee must be a priority…

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