"Lome, the former Paris of Africa" Lome by georeiser

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Lomé is the capital and largest city in Togo, with an estimated population of 900.000. Once claimed to be the Paris of West-Africa, but now one of Africa's least known cities. Lomè has its charm with its broad boulevards and nice palm fringed beaches, but there are not many tourists left due to the political situation.

The street scenes combines red gravel street with large boulevards, large squares and green gardens. Lomè is a city with a diversity of buildings, dilapidated facades together with old colonial buildings and other modern buildings, like the headquarters of BCEAO, the BTCI and ECOWAS building. 2 Fevrier Hotel, with 36 floors and rising 102 metres is the tallest building in the city.

The six-lane Boulevard de la Marina stretches all the way from the Ghana-border along the beach and to the eastern side of the city. If you follow the road you can get all the way to the Benin-border.
The D-shaped Boulevard du 13 Janvier (often called Boulevard Circulaire) is the main artery of the city, with most places of interest. Restaurants, discoteques, hotels and official buildings.
The center of Lomè is around the intersection of Rue du Commerce and Rue la Gare, with the big market Grand marchè some few blocks to the east.

Lomè has a large harbour and quay, which is important for the country. Togo exports coffee, cocoa, copra, and palm kernels from here. The city has also a oil refinery.
The urban part of Lomè starts some metres away from the Ghana-border, only seperated with fences.

If you don't have time to read all my reviews and tips, and just want to know where in Lomè you shall have a short stopover...? My recommandation is the western part of Boulevard du 13 Janvier. Start your journey at Hotel le Galion, and ask the expats there.

Place de l'Independance and the monument is a proclamation for Togo's independence in 1960. It's right in the middle of a huge traffic circle. The area is nice with this monument and the garden around.

A lot of motorcycle taxis are cruising around the city. Just make a "psst sound", and the nearest moto-taxi will stop. Just say where you are going and settle the price. To ride them expect to pay anything from 200 to 400 CFA (less than 1 USD). But make sure you have the exact amount of money. Most of them will not change. To be a passenger on a motorcycle without a helmet is a safety consideration, but the mode of transport is very quick and easy. Only one passenger is allowed on the bike.

  • Last visit to Lome: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated Jan 19, 2011
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  • pfsmalo's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    Hi Geir,Nice to see your up to date tips and pics. I have also eaten at the Galion and Sarakawa, spent a few quid in the Priviledge as well. Used to eat mainly at the Maxim just 50 metres from the Galion, but I believe it has now changed hands. Cheers


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