Filed Under (General) by Rob on 07-12-2007

Here I am yesterday in Cotonou’s newly-opened answer to KFC. It serves a variety of chicken meals, accompanied by the mandatory fries and fizzy drink!


I say it’s Cotonou’s answer to KFC, as it’s actually called ‘DFC’, which is not a central African country, but actually stands for ‘Denny’s Fried Chicken’.
Who Denny is I didn’t dare ask! Here’s Lois admiring the freshly-painted exterior:


So, why is it only almost fast food? Well, probably because it took 20 minutes for our food to arrive! That’s not bad for Africa; once I waited 1 hour 45 minutes for my lunch elsewhere! So maybe it ought to be known as Fast-food on African time, that could work!

The best thing about it is that there’s a FAB kids play area there (arguably the best Benin has to offer). There are climbing bits and slides like this:


…and this:


Then there are a couple of small climbing walls:


…and best of all – for our kids at least – was the ball pool:


It’s well worth a visit, especially if you have kids. The only other ‘western-style’ fast-food place in town is ‘Steers/Debonnaires Pizza’, which is also very good (and does whippy ice-creams!!) but no play area.

The food at Denny’s was good (I had a chicken tikka burger, which was very tasty) and the fries were okay. Plenty of ketchup available and polite staff in matching uniforms (and – of course – baseball caps). For local blog-visitors, here’s how to find it: it’s on the same road as ‘Bangkok Terrace’ and on the same side of the road, and more or less opposite the ‘Pharmacie Camp Guezo’. Here are the Google Earth co-ordinates:


For other information about what’s going on in Cotonou, click here for this informative site.

Other news:

*Micah’s birthday party is tomorrow.
*Madelaine’s birthday party is next Saturday.
*Junior school shows are being performed on Friday.
*End of term, 19th December.
*Micah is off school today with a sore throat.
*Rob’s getting an acoustic piano tonight (first time here) and is really excited!

4 Comments posted on "Fast Food in Cotonou – well…almost!"
lau on December 7th, 2007 at 11:35 am #

i cannot believe this place actually exists in cotonou! and hate to burst your bubble… but ball pools are notorious for spreading diseases… think of how much worse it could be here with all the humidity! attention, eh? still, i must see this mecca of fun and fried chicken asap.

Beth on December 8th, 2007 at 5:53 pm #

only 1 hour 45 mins? ohhh common, try 3 hours! lol

Max Valstar on December 11th, 2007 at 8:30 pm #

Hi Rob,
Thanks for the info! We went there last Sunday upon seeing your text and photo’s with our kids and they LOVED IT! They had great fun at the playground, while mum and dad lazily enjoyed the coffee brought to us by the friendly staff members. Haven’t tried their fast(?) food yet, but it surely is a nice place to spend some time with your kids!

Will Hussar on December 14th, 2007 at 11:08 pm #

Well Finally, when I was there, the fastest food you could get was in 45 minutes! Looks like a decent restaurant, No McDonalds or Burger King though!

-Will Hussar