Thirsty Thursdays: Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

As a bit of a treat on my last few nights in Senegal, I was invited to a night of belly dancing, drinks and Lebanese style hospitality in the heart of downtown Dakar. Thanks to the fact I was staying just around the corner at the Hotel Baraka, I was told by the manager Kat that this cool bar and restaurant with a Lebanese feel to it had a live belly dancer on tonight.

Kat, the manager at Hotel Baraka

Kat, the manager at Hotel Baraka

When I thought back to my time in Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, I couldn’t recall another time on my travels where I had really witnessed belly dancing! But I love things that are new, exciting and spontaneous. The same week by coincidence I had been messaging a friend of mine who also loves belly dancing. So part of my interest in going was also to see how and where she got a flair for it. With the belly dancing due to start at 11pm, I get to the bar just after 10pm.

Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

Restaurant Farid

Restaurant Farid

By a crazy coincidence, the place I choose to sit at the bar is next to a lady called Mina.

Mina and I - Mina is the star of the show tonight!

Mina and I – Mina is the star of the show tonight!

Mina is the star of tonight’s show! Mina is the belly dancer. We get talking, she speaks good English and comes from a mix of German and Turkish heritage. This is a Lebanese club and the music is typically Lebanese as is the decor. It’s a swanky venue, I feel like I am living it up! Mina goes to get changed and comes out elegantly, flambouyantly and with pure finesse.

Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

This is sky high confidence and passion in a Lebanese heartbeat. As revellers eat and drink, Mina winds her way through each table flaunting her best dance moves.

Mina in action in Farid Restaurant

Mina in action in Farid Restaurant

Mina in action in Farid Restaurant

Mina in action in Farid Restaurant

Mina in action in Farid Restaurant

Mina in action in Farid Restaurant

Curvy hips, wriggling her well tanned belly, sporting pulsating smiles and too fast for my camera to catch her perpetual motion. What I love most is that I was sitting at the bar chatting to Mina just a few minutes before and again after her performance. Mina was down to earth and I enjoyed talking to her.

Mina, Kat and I at Farid Restaurant, Dakar, Senegal

Mina, Kat and I at Farid Restaurant, Dakar, Senegal

I love regular people with a talent. They’re part of the crowd. They are your friend. Kat, Mina and I had a few drinks into the night, there was a Lebanese wedding on and this night out gave me a real passion and desire to visit Lebanon someday. I would love to watch belly dancing in Beirut someday.

Flag beer in Farid Restaurant, Dakar, Senegal

Flag beer in Farid Restaurant, Dakar, Senegal

A cocktail in Farid Restaurant, Dakar, Senegal

A cocktail in Farid Restaurant, Dakar, Senegal

Here are the details for finding Restaurant Farid,
Belly dancing is not always on, but check with them as it is worth seeing!
58 rue Vincens – Dakar – Sénégal
contact@restaurantfarid.com
Tel : 33 823 89 89
Ouvert 7j/7 de 12h à 23h non stop

You can also read about my stay at Hotel Baraka, my trip to the pink lake, my stay at Maison Abaka (N’Gor Beach) and the Senegalese fish.

Here is a video of Mina dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal:

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3 Responses to Thirsty Thursdays: Watching Belly Dancing in Restaurant Farid, Dakar, Senegal

  1. Ray says:

    I’m with you on that (RE: visiting Lebanon). I once watched a belly dancer in Greece when I was 15 – even got pulled up on stage by her with a few of my friends to learn a few moves. Belly dancing is definitely an awesome form of entertainment. I can only imagine what it would be like to see a live performance in Beirut, as well.

  2. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Ray that’s brilliant that you were up on stage – I would love to learn some of the moves too. I’m moving towards learning style of travel now – languages, dances, arts etc. rather than just ridiculous whack and backpacking through top 84 Mosques, top 6 types of food etc. I’m well up for Lebanon some day too and probably try and visit Northern Cyprus on the way – another of many disputed countries. Safe travels. Jonny

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