THE best desserts in Dakar

Today’s post is a contributions from a longtime reader and friend of Dakar Eats. She blogs delicious recipes at Nuances of Nour and is quite the expert on desserts in Dakar!

The best pie: Lagon 1 downtown
Warm apple pie (tarte au pommes) with vanilla ice cream
Tip: make sure you try the fresh lemongrass tea (infusion à la citronelle). A-MA-ZING! Located on Route de la Petite Corniche Est. See their Facebook page or read more on Dakar Eats.

The best fondant au chocolat: Café de Rome
Served with vanilla ice cream and cookie. The absolute best in Dakar, hands down… and I’ve tried a LOT! Located on Boulevard de la République, in front of Caesar’s restaurant. See their Facebook page.

The best crepe au chocolat: La Pointe des Almadies
A crepe with Nutella (Real Nutella and not just any chocolate spread… yum!)

Honorable mentions

Ditakh at Le Bideew
Not exactly a dessert but totally worth mentioning. I’ve never been a fan of ditakh, that is until I tried the one at Le Bideew, the restaurant at the Institut Français. Located in the garden of the French Cultural Center, Rue Joseph Gomis. See their Facebook page.

Kenefe at Andaloss restaurant
A Lebanese dessert made from fine semolina and stuffed with a special kind of cheese, then covered in “Ater” (sweet syrup with rose water). Located on Rue Sandinieri downtown. (Take the road facing the restaurant Ali Baba on Ponty, then the second left.)

La Marquise and Aux Fins Palais have nice chocolate collections, but now there is Jeff de Bruges in Dakar. I still haven’t gone there but I tried them in France and I’d have to say the winner is… JEFF DE BRUGES!

  • La Marquise on Rue Wagane Diouf (coming from the Corniche, take the first right after CitySport on Ponty)
  • Aux Fins Palais on Avenue Peytavin, next to N’ice Cream
  • Jeff de Bruges

The best ice cream: N’Ice Cream
For seven years, it has been and (probably) will always be N’Ice cream for me. It’s on Avenue Peytavin (next to immeuble Kebe) and there’s a second location in Mermoz Sacré Coeur.

See their Facebook page.

The best pastries/viennoiseries
Now this is a hard one because it depends on the pastry. I would recommend trying:

  • Aux Fins Palais on Avenue Peytavin, next to N’ice Cream.
  • La Galette on Avenue George Pompidou
  • Eric Kayser on Avenue République, right after Restaurant la Piazza and a little before the presidential Palace. See their Facebook page.

On my list of sweets to try next:

And I’m still looking for the best macaron cookies in Dakar if you have any recommendations!

What’s your favorite dessert in Dakar?



  1. I’m definitely with you on Ditakh juice at Institut Francais, also they have delicious Tamarind and Ginger juice.

  2. Bonjour , pour les meilleures macarons sont ceux de la graine d’or idem pour la pâtisserie viennoiserie.
    Ils ont le meilleur mille feuille de Dakar .
    Home made Ditakh is thé best
    Tank u

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