For years (not exaggerating) we have lamented the lack of good breakfast options in Dakar. Sure, there’s the Radisson and Terrou-bi if you want a splurgey buffet where you eat way more than you should in order to justify the expense. Or there are a dozen little salons de thé offering variations on a formule petit déj featuring croissants and toast (often both for some unknown reason) with jam, yogurt, orange juice and coffee or tea. The sugar and acidity in those combos are just not appetizing to me, not to mention the lack of substance.
Okay, enough of my griping…
Today I’m sharing one of my prized secret spots (gulp) because it’s just too good to keep to myself any longer.
In Almadies there’s a lovely little hotel that many people already know called La Demeure. They recently opened a salon de thé on their terrace and it just wonderful. Calm and quiet, beautiful and a REAL breakfast. Oh, and it’s just a flat 6000cfa. So much more reasonable than, ahem, other hotels…
The breakfast at La Demeure includes a large basket of breads and pastries from La Graine d’Or as well as their homemade crepes, a selection of Zena jams, Nutella, cheese spread and butter, your choice of two fried eggs (ask for them well done if you’re American!) or a delicious veggie omelette, fresh fruit salad, orange juice and either coffee or tea IN A POT THAT THEY WILL REFILL. Forgive me as I wipe away a tear of joy.
Call or send a text message a day ahead to reserve. Breakfast begins at 9am. The service is not super speedy, but it’s not the kind of environment that you want to rush out of anyway. This is a lazy morning with friends or mid-morning brunch date kind of place.
Enjoy, my friends. Enjoy.
La Demeure Salon de Thé
Tel: 77 724 9122