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“Downtown Abidjan”
Review of The Plateau

The Plateau
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Abidjan
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Owner description: Favored particularly by business travelers, the Plateau is a district of Abidjan with a number of shops and parks.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Downtown Abidjan is nothing to write home about. It is congested, hot, and not a tourists' favorite spot. There is a Museum and there are also shops (a big bookstore, Librairie de France and big store across the street where Hotel du Parc used to be). Most airlines have their representatives at the Plateau. The Plateau is a work day place, deserted at night and weekends. It is best to avoid the Plateau at night.

4  Thank lynzzz15
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

When reading through the previous 17 reviews, I wondered which Plateau and where, some of the reviewers had visited. Plateau is functionally very efficient as the economic capital, with its major hotels and financial institutions, but once 18h00 has arrived, it is virtually dead, apart from a few expensive restaurants, and the hotels. Plateau is to Abidjan as "The City" is to London; it is not a "Soho" or a "West End". Nightlife is better found in Zone 4 and Cocody-Deux Plateaux. And you won't find a cinema in Plateau!

4  Thank AlfredtheGreat
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The cathedral is a must - for the good view (and ask to go to the very top... it's possible, even though they don't have lights in their dark, narrow stairs)
The plateau - I guess you can find good shopping here - but it's crowded, less fresh air and a bit difficult to find your way around.
Maybe I just still haven't got it - what's so good about this "little manhattan".

1  Thank ArtmarkAanensen
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

It is a great place to visit, I was staying with friends and we loved the shoping and le plateau is really the CBD with lots of interesting shops and very lively atmosphere. We headed out of town and a few occasions and were stopped by police on one way roads, we had to pay money to get past and luckily had our passports when asked, we were always with our chafeaur and guard which was good especially when i came to visiting the local markets. I bought some beautiful jewelry but you must keep you bag close and wits about you. The beaches near here are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. A glorious place, but as you would expect full of extremes.

1  Thank TILLYWINNING
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Plateau is the "city centre" of ABJ with lots of traffic at daytime. Beware of the many "one-way" roads! Police is waiting for your money! However for shopping I prefer "Zone 4" with a bigger choice of supermarkets, boutiques, shops, bars n restaurants!

Thank Serengeti55
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