Abidjan is a city that has traditionally been known for its sophistication, culture, and joie de vivre. With the departure of the African Development Bank for Tunis and a series of political crises, Abidjan’s shining star has tarnished a bit over the past several years.
However, since 2011, with an urbane international technocrat at its helm, Côte d’Ivoire is bouncing back. Signs of a cultural renaissance abound, including the emergence of some elegant European-style tea rooms around town.
Last Friday, I finally went to lunch at Volup’thé, the much anticipated sister restaurant of one of Abidjan’s best patisseries, Des Gâteaux et Du Pain. What a treat!
Entering the urbane dining room at Volup’thé, one is immediately transported from the hustle and bustle of this busy African city to an elegant, modern space that is instantly soothing.
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