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Diaspora Eats: 7 of the Best African Restaurants in Madrid

Here are seven of the best African restaurants in Madrid, Spain.

DIASPORA—The diaspora is brimming with a variety of restaurants that offer savory dishes that’ll  remind you of mom’s cooking.


In our Diaspora Eats series, we highlight these many eateries, and offer recommendations for the best African food in whichever major city you might find yourself in. 

Whether you’re looking for options to fit your dietary restrictions or you’re simply looking to stuff your face with quality eats, there’s a spot in the city that will cater to your palette. Below are 7 African restaurants to check out while you’re in Toronto.

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Nuria

This Ethiopian restaurant located on Calle de Manuela Malasaña is a go-to spot for tasty, authentic Ethiopian cuisine. You'll get all the Ethiopian staples in a welcoming atmosphere. Taste their yebeg wot , we promise you won't be disappointed! Be sure to sample their tej (homemade honey wine). 

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La Cocina del Desierto

This North African restaurant has two locations, one on Barbieri Street and the other on Libertad Street. Not only is the food good but the atmosphere is cozy and transports you straight to the Magreb. Feast on some lamb coucous, tajin, and falafel. If you're not sure where to start, we recommend their tasting menu.

Gonder

This Ethiopian restaurant is just minutes away from the lively Plaza Mayor. Order from their extensive menu of Ethiopian staples, and sample their lentil samosas.

Baobab

Situated in Plaza Nelson Mandela on Calle de Cabestreros, this colorful restaurant serves the best in Senegalese cuisine from Thieboudienne to Maffe. It's one of the city's most popular African spots, and for good reason.

El Mandela

This restaurant—meters away from the Opera of Madrid—offers a unique culinary tour. Taste their Djansang and beef stew, and if you're feeling adventurous tried their exotic zebra or ostrich meat.

 Dakar

This restaurant on Calle del Amparo, offers authentic Senegalese cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. Feast on some Thiep and Dibbi and don't forget to wash it down with some bissap.

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Restaurante Gibraltar

This by the Embajadores park offers tasty Moroccan dishes. Make sure to try their harira soup and their lamb tajine, We swear you'll be coming back for more!

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

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French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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