4 Mouth-Watering African Street Food Items That Are a Must-try

If you enjoy eating street food, you’re going to love the assortment of roadside dishes available across Africa. Packed with flavour, these mouth-watering foods reflect African heritage and culture and are a hit globally.

You don’t have to travel to Africa to try out African street food! Here are a few popular dishes you can eat right here in Montreal.


Accara is a crispy black-eyed-bean fritter easily available in African and African style restaurants. This roadside classic is prepared using ground beans, peppers, onions, and a combination of traditional spices. It’s then deep-fried until it has a golden-brown and crispy exterior.

Accara is frequently served with French baguettes. It’s topped with a hot sauce (kaani) that comprises a tomato and onion base. The versatility of the textures offered via this street snack has made Accara an immensely popular dish.


Suya is said to have originated in Nigeria from the Hausa people. It’s a popular BBQ street snack eaten in several African countries and uses a blend of spices that tantalize your taste buds.

The snack is prepared using thin strips of chicken, beef, fish, or offal. These strips are first generously seasoned with a combination of traditional spices and left to marinate for a few hours. They’re then roasted over charcoal grills until they have a nice char and are served with sliced vegetables.


Most commonly known as Aloco, Kelewele is a popular African street-style snack. It’s made from a combination of plantains that are seasoned generously with salt, pepper, and ginger, and fried in palm oil.  

Aloco is usually served alongside an assortment of onions, tomatoes, and chile peppers. The golden-brown crunchy snacks may also be paired with grilled fish. However, for a more street-style experience, we suggest eating them on their own and taking in the raw flavours.

dough balls for bofloto


African street food isn’t all spices and savoury flavours! If you’re in the mood for a dessert, we recommend you try bofloto.

Also known as puff puff, bofloto is a West African style doughnut. The yeast dough is shaped into lemon-sized balls and is then deep-fried golden brown. This gives it a doughnut-like texture that’s crisp from the outside but slightly chewy from the inside. Often sprinkled with powdered sugar or a sweet sauce, it’s the perfect on-the-go African dessert.

Baguette Brochette is a popular sandwich shop in Montreal that combines the African street food experience with classic French baguette sandwiches.

Check out our menu here and order your choice of baguette sandwich, boflotos, alocos, and other yummy food.