Give us good food and drink and we feel loved. This line sums up the Cameroonian joie de vivre and almost epicurean delight over good food and drink.
My Advice: Try all the local foods you can, avoid too spicy foods.
Please give me your hand let's walk you through some of the kitchen magic we possess. In Yaoundé and most of the Centre and South regions expect some exotic local foods from the forest people like Ntuba, pounded ripe or half ripe plantains, a delicacy eaten with Ndomba a traditional sauce cooked in leaves with catfish, chicken, pork or viper.
The Okok, (also known as funbwa) a combination of eru vegetable leaves mixed in groundnut paste, mostly cooked with smoked fish and eaten with cassava.
My advice: In Yaounde you can get a vast array of local and modern foods. Be adventurous.
My recommendations: O’haira (Near Mahima), Chez Tchakounte (Tsinga Yaounde), Manuba (Nouvelle Route Bastos), Fines Epices (Elig-Edzoa), Cloud 9 Rooftop (Tamtam Weekend), Mabih (Mini-Ferme), Alvy’s Concept (Kondengui), Chez Bobo (Opp Carrefour Regie), Tchop et Yamo, White House (Bastos), All-Star, Le Municipal.
If you can once you arrive Douala rush to Youpwe, a rustic wharf notorious for its fresh fish from the Atlantic and nearby fishing villages. The memorable taste of smoky spicy grilled fish on your fingertip’s envelopes you in a cocoon of home- cooked goodness. Typically sold on the streets, this is the quintessential Cameroonian meal.
My advice: the major cities have food from across the country, this is the place for fresh fish.
My recommendations: White House (Akwa), Tchoo Space (Opp Tradex Bonamoussadi), Base Navale ( After Rabingha hotel), Aqua Marina hotel, Cozy O (Denver, Bonamoussadi), Breeze Restau (near Hotel le Nde), Chez Nina ( Near Oil Libya Bonapriso), Ni’s Restaurant (Petit Terrain, Bonamoussadi)
Down Beach in Limbe, like Youpwe in Douala will also tempt you with Ocean marvels.
My advice: Most hotel chefs are good, if you can try some restaurants
My recommendations: Prive Lounge (Opp Afriland Bank), Municipal (Karata), Area Code, Abane (Newtown), Eco west (Newtown)
The Djapche of Bamum origin is a mix of succulent vegetables, squashed grains, dried fish and other distinct spices. A marvel for the palate, it is eaten with pounded corn.
My advice: Pepper is a key spice, yet quite delicate. Handle it with care.
My recommendations: Big man launch - (Marché B), La térasse, Old School
In the North rice or corn fufu (couscous) with vegetable soup (Lalo, baobab or okro) is a must. In a region popular for its cattle fields there is a lot of beef to go around. Grilled beef known here as bifteck with options including entrails is the absolute street food.
You will equally experience some striking dairy desserts in Garoua, inspired by the region’s long grazing history.
My recommendations: Restaurant la marquise (Roumde), Le noumou ( Yelwa), Restaurant du centre (MTN)