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Balmaya Arts Restaurant

) #18 of 35 Restaurants in Freetown ££ - £££ African
32B Main Motor | Congo Cross, Freetown, Sierra Leone
+232 76 601209
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  • Excellent7%
  • Very good48%
  • Average23%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
4 May 2017
“An eating 'institution' in Freetown”
29 Apr 2017
“Reliable Lunch Spot”
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££ - £££
32B Main Motor | Congo Cross, Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Reviewed 5 May 2017

Balmaya has been in Freetown for decades. Excellent, inexpensive food, spotlessly clean with friendly service.The cafe is situated next to a lovely craft shop.

Thank anthony19482014
Reviewed 29 April 2017

I use this restaurant at least once a week - good African dishes, great salads and reliable burgers (beef, chicken and shrimp!). Staff are friendly and service is efficient. Recommended

Thank rswooding
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Went out there for a friday happy hour drink up . Though it was after 7 pm , we had a warm welcome and reception was quite okay. Did not eat anything ...so can not comment on food quality or taste.

Thank Patrick A
Reviewed 10 March 2017

For some inexplicable reason this restaurant is still favoured by the local elites - I guess by association to the owner family. When I was first in SL back in early 2008 there were nowhere near the number of restaurants available there is today, and...More

Thank ARaaf
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The place to get your bisop juice (or bissap, hibiscus, sorrel, etc.), ginger drink, buy books, look at art, meet friends, have a casual business meeting. I always went for the local dish of the day. At 60,000 Le, it's one of the more expensive...More

Thank SoundFrequencies
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Loved the masks and arts, they have very unusual things and work taking a look at. Go there if you are interested in African Art.

Thank tleary1000
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Friendly staff, nice outdoor location, usually with a breeze. Plantain chips make a good snack while waiting for your order to arrive. Western food as well as local dishes. The service is good and prices reasonable.

Thank ChristieMcManus
Reviewed 20 July 2016

I had their local dishes, and I thought they were very good indeed. Very clean, and a friendly staff.

Thank Eliz B
Reviewed 18 May 2016

I enjoyed my lunch at Balmaya very much. I had delicious sweet iced coffee-- the only such coffee I found in Freetown-- and they even packed it for me to go when I had to rush out. I sat on a balcony overlooking the busy...More

Thank Dana S
Reviewed 14 May 2016

We had a great lunch meeting there and the service was very good. And we were introduce to some local food which I enjoyed.

Thank bevchell67
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  • Address: 32B Main Motor | Congo Cross, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Location: Africa  >  Sierra Leone  >  Western Area  >  Freetown
  • Phone Number: +232 76 601209
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