Located at the junction of Rue Famolo Coulibaly and Rue Mohammed V, not very far from the main markets, it is a convenient spot in which to take a break from the often hectic pace and frequently fierce heat outside. Full meals are served at both lunch and dinner times, although admittedly the menus consist mainly of fairly standard European dishes. Instead, the real draw is the large and constantly available selection of cakes and pastries created by the baker, who is reputedly one of the very best in the country. In fact, sitting in small shady garden enjoying one of the delights suggested by the establishment's name, which generally would not disgrace a cafe in France, alongside a decent cup of coffee, a rarity in the area, whilst watching the typically West African chaos on the crossroads outside is a wonderfully contradictory experience. Finally, the reasonable prices and excellent service also add to the charm.
London, United Kingdom
August 19, 2003
From journal Bamako - Mali's colourful and chaotic capital