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Don't pass up the chance to try Cafe Touba, a typical coffee drink in which the beans are ground with djar, a type of black pepper, served black and with tons of sugar. It is said to have stomach-soothing effects, as well as aphrodisiac and even medicinal qualities, tasting both sweet and spicy. It can be bought at stands found throughout the city.
The coffee culture in Dakar has its quirks. There's nothing quite like buying a tiny plastic cup of extra sweetened coffee from a street vendor. But as the city has become ever more cosmopolitan and worldly, and as international influences have become more and more a part of life in the Senegalese capital, Western-style cafes have been popping up throughout the city. Below are some suggestions for those wanting to escape the hustle of the city to enjoy a hot coffee, a quick snack, or a creamy dessert.