6 street foods you’ll find in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

I wouldn’t call myself a foodie, but I appreciate good food.

Plantain and rice are two of my favorite things to eat (my followers on Instagram can confirm). I like my plantain ripe and fried like what Nigerians call dodo, francophone Africans call plantain frit and Ghanaians call kelewele (but not spicy). I also like it boiled and soft so I can eat it with ndole, a Cameroonian dish I love. In terms of rice, I prefer when it’s mixed with vegetables and fried (ex. Nigerian fried rice) or when it’s brown or red like jollof rice or tchep (Senegal).

I also like some street foods, particularly in Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. Since I showed some love to Nigeria earlier this month, I figured I should introduce you to 6 street foods you can try in Babi (how locals call Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s economic capital city, sometimes) and 20 other street foods you can try in Africa.

6 Street Foods You’ll Find in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire


Sweet, ripe and fried diced plantain. The key is to use really ripe plantain so it turns out very soft.


Seasoned, grilled pieces of beef, lamb, fish, or chicken served with thinly diced onions and peppers.


Attiéké (ground cassava that looks like couscous) and fried tuna served with onions, peppers, tomatoes mixed with oil to create a sauce

Gblissi Tebil or Banane Braisée

Roasted whole plantain. It’s usually hard and not as sweet as alloco. It’s called boli in Nigeria.


Deep fried sweet dough balls. It’s known as puff-puff in Nigeria and bofrot in Ghana.

Pain brochette

Grilled soft pieces of beef served in a baguette style bread with tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise and some pepper.

20 Other Street Foods You Can Try In Africa

North Africa

Taameeyya – bean falafel – Egypt

Makloub – sandwich with thinly cut grilled turkey – Tunisia

Msemen or musamen – pancake-like breads

Khobz or Moroccan Bread

West and Central Africa

Akara – deep fried bean cakes – Nigeria

Chinchinga – spicy grilled chicken skewers – Ghana

Fari masa – deep fried dough served with sugar or spices – Niger

Grilled tilapia and banku – tilapia fish with a sticky, soft paste made from corn or cassava dough – Ghana

Plantain chips

Suya – thinly sliced grilled red meat with powdered pepper (Suya) which can be served with onions and tomatoes

East and Southern Africa

Bhajia – deep fried potato slices mixed with cumin and turmeric – Kenya

Bunny Chow – soft bread with curry sauce – South Africa

Chamussas – Mozambique

Dholl Puri or Dhal Puri – ground yellow peas seasoned with cumin and tumeric inside a pancake – Mauritius

Fried Mopane worms – Zimbabwe

Kikomando – chapati with red kidney beans – Uganda

Mishkaki – grilled meat skewers

Mutura – spicy sausage

Rolex – fried eggs, tomatoes and cabbage inside chapati (flatbread, mostly eaten in the Indian subcontinent) – Uganda

Vitumbuwa (or Fritas) – deep fried sweet dough – Zambia




What other street foods have you tried in Africa? Did you like them?

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  1. 17 February 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Pain brochette sounds inviting. Is Garba similar to Nigerian’s Abacha? I want to visit Babi soon (yes, I’m a local now) and would definitely love to try these out.

  2. 2 February 2018 / 8:46 pm

    I miss the street foods in Nigeria and yes to plantain!! I love those so much. Hopefully, I will try these foods you’ve listed. Thanks for sharing!


    • 7 February 2018 / 5:18 pm

      Plantain is really bae lolol. Thanks for stopping by, Zinny! x

  3. 31 January 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Mmmm…my mouth is just watering reading this. As a Ghanaian, I love kelewele (usually eaten with peanuts) and chichinga. I also really love suya. But I could really sink my teeth into Pain Brochette and choukouya.



    • 7 February 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Haha! I too love suya but didn’t know that kelewele is usually eaten with peanuts – thanks for sharing this interesting piece of info. And I hope you’ll get a chance to taste Ivorian street food sometime – maybe you can fit in a few days in CIV on your next trip to Ghana? There are a few direct flights and I hear the road trip from Accra to Abidjan isn’t toooo bad x

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