Growing up abroad, we've always craved the bold and delicious North African flavours that we associate with our childhoods, trips back home, and our grandmothers' cooking. Over the years, this nostalgia drove us to great lengths to get hold of the right ingredients and spices - including carrying them home in our luggage in eyebrow-raising quantities.

Whilst reminiscing about the tastes of our summer holidays is always nice, we've embarked on a mission to perfect these tastes and bring them to our own kitchens. Oea is the home of North African staples, particularly Libyan classics that we think are essential to any well-equipped kitchen. We also bring smells, tastes and recipes from our rich Mediterranean and Amazigh backgrounds.

We can't wait to take you on a culinary journey along the North African coastline, and have you try out our well-preserved family recipes. We hope they bring you as much joy as they do to us!

A town vegetable market in Zwara, Libya

What is Oea?

Oea was an ancient city of North Africa, and was home at different times to the Amazigh, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans. Its natural harbour became a trading outpost connecting the Maghreb to Asia, and Africa to Europe, and it thrived as a meeting-place of cultures, faiths and cuisines.

Eventually, Oea grew to become modern-day Tripoli. It has seen hard times, but two things remain unchallenged - its deep hospitality, and a love of good, well-flavoured food.

A view through the arch of Marcus Aurelius, one of the remains in Oea's historic areas