Conakry is capital of Guinea and the economic, commercial and trade center for the area.
- The Atoll Island can be visited by getting on a boat at the fish market behind the Novotel Hotel.
- The Soumba waterfalls is a 2 hour drive out of the city a short distance past Dubreka. There is also a restaurant to enjoy a nice meal with the roar of the water in the background. Have a swim to work up an appetite.
The Guinea National Museum, several markets, the Guinea Palais du Peuple, Conakry Grand Mosque (which was built by Ahmed Sékou Touré), the city's nightlife and the nearby Iles de Los.
The city is noted for its botanical garden. The Polytechnical Institute of Conakry is also located in Conakry.
The street numbering scheme of Conakry labels all roads with a two-letter code for the urban district, followed by a three digit number: odd for north-south streets and even for east-west, e.g. KA002 for a northbound street in the Kaloum district.
- Jardin de Chine is a very safe bet with good food and quaint atmosphere.
- Mouna Internet Cafe has very nice croissants for "on the run" snack.
- The Lebanese restaurant Le Cedre is a bit hard to find (near Mouna Internet) but has nice food.
The nightlife starts quite late - just past midnight.
- Timi's is a good venue (small, but alive).
- Le Loft is a bit quieter and can be visited earlier in the night for a good vibe.
- Hotel Camayene. A rather small but fine hotel.
- Hotel Novotel Ghi Conakry, ☎ . A typical mid-range hotel with swimming pool, dining room, bar, etc. and has good rooms.
- Riviera Royal Hotel, ☎ , fax: +224-64532447, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A low key hotel with a decent half Olympic size pool and good gym.
- Residence Schaka, Ratoma, ☎ . a nice and clean alternative to the big hotels www.schaka.org
Over the past two decades, significant growth in the city has led to overwhelming population density and infrastructure problems. Elections in 2010 led to protests and violent clashes between Guinea’s citizens and the military. According to the U.S. Department of State, the worst is over, but “there is residual potential for violence.” The State Department further warns that “While not specifically targeted, U.S. citizens have been victimized in the past. Motorists traveling outside of Conakry have encountered improvised checkpoint-barricades manned by persons in military uniforms who demand money and search through personal belongings, confiscating items of value.”