Top 10 Things to do in Nouakchott, Mauritania

April 6, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

The Saharan city of Nouakchott was a small fishing village until 1957, when Mauritania attained independence. The new capital city of a young country, Nouakchott has changed quite a bit since the Sixties, with mosques, government buildings, and street markets rising up out of the desert sand. Spread out over land that constantly being encroached upon by massive dunes, and inhabited by a nomadic people that don't keep their tents pitched in one place for very long, the city is always in flux.
Restaurants in Nouakchott

1. Plage de Nouakchott

Nouakchott, Mauritania +222 44 33 22 53
Excellent
30%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Plage de Nouakchott

Reviewed By AlaskanSon - Anchorage, Alaska

This has become my favorite beach. I grew up in Southern California and know good Beaches. The Beaches of Bermuda are lovelier with their pink sand, and the Beaches on the north shore of Oahu are remote and lovely, but the solitude here is unparallelled. Today i walked the beach at 8am by myslef. Not a soulmin either direction for miles. Frieldybdogs run up and down, following you playfully. Excellent seafood at Sultan and Oceanides. Its like tour own private heaven. Oceanides offers cozy bungalows for the night.

2. Port de Peche

Nouakchott, Mauritania
Excellent
36%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Port de Peche

Fishermen return from the sea each evening and sell their fresh catch at this portside fish market.

Reviewed By SAMEHEAD2014 - London, United Kingdom

This place is great for an afternoon out and some interesting views and scenery. A typical African fish poet and market but very enjoyable to visit.

3. Saudi mosque

Nouakchott, Mauritania
Excellent
28%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Saudi mosque

Reviewed By Kamalmo - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This is the biggest mosque in Nouakchott, built by Saudi government. The design is almost similar with Al Madina Al Munawarra mosque in Madinah. Nice exterior, however not able to enter and see the interior.

4. Galerie Zeinart

Ilot C | Ilot C, Nouakchott, Mauritania +222 46 51 74 65
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Galerie Zeinart

Contemporary art and design, jewelry, fine handicraft. Working directly with local artists, artisans and creators. Monthly Exhibitions. A local food market in the garden twice a month. Fair trade.

Reviewed By AlaskanSon - Anchorage, Alaska

What a find! There was a farmer's market on the Saturday i was there. A wonderful, varied selection of silver- and nickel-decorated ebony boxes, jewelry, clothing, food products, and unique t-shirts. Do not miss this when in Nouakchott.

5. Centre culturel francais St Exupery

Rue Mohamed O/ m'Hamed, Nouakchott BP225, Mauritania 002225299631
Excellent
22%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Centre culturel francais St Exupery

Reviewed By ABBAHT - Nouakchott, Mauritania

After beeing warmly welcomed by the lovely owner you will enjoy one of the best food at the best price.Quickly served,excellent service.I recommend it to all the visitors of Nouakchott whatever their purposes are.The restaurant is located in the cultural area of the french embassy so you can also have access to conferences,expositions,concerts,and a library.

6. Al Khaima Mall

Avenue Moktar Ould Daddah, Nouakchott, Mauritania +222 44 22 34 90
Excellent
72%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 7 reviews

Al Khaima Mall

Reviewed By kingofpeppange - Peppange, Luxembourg

This is not a mall !! It's more like a shop (not even very large) selling overpriced items for the vey few in Mauretania !
No clients , nothing interesting to buy , and only a few staff who are bored to death - and that's it !
I don't understand the positive reviews of this 'mall' !!!

7. Marche Capitale

Nouakchott, Mauritania
Excellent
11%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
11%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 17 reviews

Marche Capitale

Reviewed By Srbezawada - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

This is a place meant for the locals to do their shopping, hence it is crowded. I visited the place during Ramadan, adding more pressure for the festival shopping.
If you are looking for chinese goods to local stuff, this is the market to visit.
Dont expect comfortable shopping, but you could actually ending up having a good bargain, if you have decided to buy.
Knowing Arabic would certainly help.
I was here more on a curious trip than to do any buying

8. Marche aux Khaimas

Avenue Charles de Gaulles apres le Carrefour Madrid, route de Rosso, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
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Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 3 reviews

Marche aux Khaimas

Traditional Street Market

Reviewed By Andy W - Brussels, Belgium

If you want a khaima (traditional tent of the area) this is the place to go. The many market stalls make it a challenge to choose. I learned a valuable lesson while buying a carpet at the Egyptian Market in Istanbul. Before you go know the size, basic pattern and colors you want and stick to it otherwise you will spend hours (which isn't bad if you have the time) I went in and just started. I don't know the local language or French but that wasn't a problem because I knew what I wanted. After an hour or a bit more and several cups of tea we realized the khaimas all started looking the same. We went back to our original plan and quickly choose the one we wanted. Happy with our choice and price. We knew a head what we should pay. We left with what we came for, greatly enjoyed the experience, and if family or friends ever come to visit we will take them here. Well worth the experience.

9. Ibn Abbas Mosque

Ibn Abbas Mosque, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Excellent
0%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
100%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 2 reviews

Ibn Abbas Mosque

Reviewed By Andy W - Brussels, Belgium

I wasn't dressed correctly to enter the mosque but got some great photos of it and the surrounding area. Be discrete when taking photos. Nice area to walk around and take photos. I felt safe and was not bothered while going around the area. I did go during the day.

10. Stade Olympique

Nouakchott, Mauritania
Excellent
0%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
0%
Terrible
25%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 8 reviews

Stade Olympique

Reviewed By AlaskanSon - Anchorage, Alaska

I attended a Mauritania v. Mali game here. What an experience. Fans packed in like sardines, screaming in various lamguages. No one selling peanuts or beer in the stands, though. An interesting experience. The crummy Chinese construction shows, though.

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