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Diaspora Eats: 7 of the Best African Restaurants In Amsterdam

Here are seven of the best African eateries in Amsterdam.

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 Amsterdam.

Check out some of the best African food in Houston, London, New York, Paris, and Washington D.C. 

Restaurant Azmarino

This restaurant, specializes in Ethiopian and Eritrean food and offers an extensive collection of imported beer in a casual and cozy setting.

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Kilimanjaro Restaurant

Located on Rapenburgerplein, this restaurant offers an array of food from various African regions as well as some exotic meats.  If you're in the mood for some crocodile, Kilimanjaro Restaurant is the place for you.

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Obalade Suya Restaurant

The name says is all. This restaurant offers everyone's favorite Nigerian snack in both beef and chicken options, along with a plethora of other classics like pepper soup, boiled yam, and beef stew. All the Naija food you need in one stop!

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Raïnaraï

This "nomadic" restaurant serves Algerian cuisine in a posh, oaky atmosphere.  The decor alone if enough to keep us satisfied, but the menu—which includes tender lamb and couscous dishes as well as flavorful vegetarian options—is just as wonderful!

 Walia Ibex

Located on Campenstraat, this quaint restaurant is a must stop for delicious Ethiopian cuisine.

Restaurant Du Maroc

This restaurant on Comeniusstraat offers a medley of Morroccan and Western cuisine. Traditional dishes like couscous and tagine are on the menu as well as merguez paninis. You'll be sure to find something to please your tastebuds.

African Kitchen

This Nigerian joint in South East Amsterdam, offers some of the best Nigerian cuisine the city has to offer. Feast on jollof rice or Ghanaian waakye. Did we mention that all dishes come with garri, amala, semovita or pounded yam?

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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