The most important tip I can give you on Djibouti  local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Djibouti, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.

What to Eat in

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Melting Pot (Restaurant), Heron (heron, Bernard street), ? 253 21350399. 11am-11pm. Restaurant Melting Pot Djibouti, is located few hundred m from the port. Here you can find camel meat, steaks, sushi,lobster,fish…and fresh beers. Check our website for more informations 4$-30$. La Fontaine Terrace (Restaurant), Rue de Ethiopia, ? 253 21 350227. 11am-11pm. La Fontaine Terrace is located in the bustling market area downtown and within walking distance of local shops.

The restaurant is on a roof terrace and is accessed through an internal staircase. The food is based on Djiboutian, Ethiopian and Somali traditional dishes with a french twist. Most food is cooked in plain view. Try the chicken cooked over coals. 4$-30$. La Mer Rouge (Restaurant), Quartier d’Ambouli Route Nelson Mandela, ? 21 34 00 05, . 11am-3pm and 6pm -11pm Closed Sundays. This is a fantastic french seafood place. From the road it doesn’t look like much but once you’re inside the decor is fine dining all the way. The food was fantastic and the seafood was extremely fresh. The bar is well stocked. $15-25 for a good dinner but more expensive items are available

What to Drink in Djibouti

The city of Djibouti has many places to eat as well as tourist traps. If you are interested in western cuisine, be prepared for sticker shock. If you are interested in good local cuisine, then you and your pocket book will be happier for the experience. For example, the Ethiopian Community Center offers a wide variety of dishes with a local flair which are very tasty, safe to eat, and reasonably priced.

Best to avoid places that the tourists hang out at, and you will be happier for the experience. Average price per meal outside of a tourist trap: $4 including drink. Visit this link for an interesting synopsis of local restaurants offerings with commentary:

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