According to Mercer’s Cost of Living survey conducted in 2014 and 2015, Luanda is the world’s most expensive city to live in. It is located on Angola’s Atlantic Coast and is overall going through a renovation phase. You’ll be taken by surprise by the views that the Bahia de Luanda harbor has to offer. One must definitely take a stroll here in the evening to be a witness to its magical beauty. The capital is also the world’s third most populous Portuguese-speaking as a consequence of the Portuguese rule that went on for a long period of time. Let’s have a look of the things you shouldn’t miss while you visit Luanda.
Where to eat, what to eat
Food is fairly expensive in the capital because it’s largely imported from outside. Luanda’s locals eat Funje as their staple food which is porridge made from cassava. For budget-friendly meals, you can ask for the “plate of the day” from local restaurants. There is also a wide variety of options ranging from Macau Chinese and Panela De Barro where you’ll get economic meals as well as a cozy environment to have your food in. However, if you’re in the mood to splurge, there are fine-dining restaurants that offer delicious food. Nikki’s House is assured to provide an amazing experience as it provides a versatile menu. Lookal Mar, which is a very extravagant restaurant having a delectable range of seafood. Luanda also has a very rocking nightlife; do check places like Chill Out and Don Quixote for the same.
Must Visit In Luanda
When visiting with family, the Ulengo Park and Quicama National Park are sure to the kids an entertainment source. Luanda has many museums, forts, mausoleums and churches which portray a part of their history. The fortress of Sao Miquel is the one of them. It gives a hint of the Civil War and is beautifully built and is open for tourists to see. You can also pay a visit to the Augustinho Neto Mausoleum which consists of a brilliantly designed grand building that was established in the memory of the first Angolan president. Other places to see are National Museum of Slavery, Casino Marinha, Family Square and Largo de Ambiente which is a commercial park in Luanda.
Where to Buy
The Benfica market in the South of Luanda is the best place to shop for capital’s famous local handicrafts which include ivory, jewelry, baskets and even paintings. You can take back them as useful souvenirs. It’s the best place to shop when you’re on a budget as you’re sure to get economic deals from the merchants on insisting. But you still can’t miss Belas Shopping which is Luanda’s first shopping mall and over 100 shopping stores, eight cinemas and a food court can be found in it.