Mauritania Food and Drink

Moroccan, Lebanese, Chinese and French restaurants can be found in the capital and in Nouadhibou. Local cuisine, based on lamb, goat and rice can be sampled throughout the country. Meals have improved with better distribution of food throughout the country.


• Mechoui (whole roast lamb).
• Dates.
• Spiced fish and rice with vegetables.
• Fish balls, dried fish, dried meat and couscous.

Things to know

Consumption of alcohol is prohibited by the Islamic faith, but alcoholic beverages may be found in hotel bars.


12 to 15% is normal.

Regional drinks

Zrig (camel's milk) is a common drink.
Sweet Arab tea with mint.