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Top Choice Cafe in Gaborone

Cafe Dijo

This classy but casual place is one of our favourite haunts in Gabs. The lunch specials change regularly, but usually include Thai chicken curry, chicken tandoori wraps and excellent salads, alongside toasted ciabat…
Top Choice Portuguese in Gaborone

Caravela Portuguese Restaurant

One of Gabs' most popular expat haunts, Caravela serves up assured Mediterranean cooking in a pretty garden setting. It's close to the city centre, but in a quiet residential corner, which adds to a real sense of it…
Top Choice African in Gaborone

Courtyard Restaurant

In the garden area out the back of Botswanacraft, this tranquil spot serves up imaginative African cooking (including guinea-fowl pot), with other local staples making a rare appearance. It also serves salads and sa…
Performing Arts in Gaborone

Maitisong Festival

Botswana's largest performing-arts festival has been running since 1987 and is held over seven days in late March or early April. It features an outdoor program of music, theatre, film and dance, as well as an indoo…
Arts & Crafts in Gaborone

Kalahari Quilts

These stunning quilts are made by Batswana women, overseen by the engaging Jenny Healy, and are a unique craft to take home. Each one bears an individual imprint, although all do a good job at capturing the primary-…
Arts & Crafts in Gaborone

Botswanacraft

Botswana’s largest and best craft emporium sells traditional souvenirs, including pottery from Gabane and Thamaga, San jewellery and baskets from across the country, at fixed prices. It also has books, jewellery, ca…
Cafe in Gaborone

Sanitas Tea Garden

Inhabiting a corner of Gabs' best plant nursery and close to the dam, this lovely and relaxed outdoor spot is popular with families. The food ranges from home-grown vegetables, wood-fired pizzas and light meals to m…
Books in Gaborone

Exclusive Books

Easily Gaborone’s best bookshop, this large outpost of a respected South African chain has literature, nonfiction and travel books, with excellent sections focused on Africa.
International in Gaborone

Bull & Bush Pub

This long-standing South African–run Gabs institution is deservedly popular with expats, tourists and locals alike. Though there’s something on the menu for everyone, it's renowned for its thick steaks, pizzas and c…
Buffet in Gaborone

Beef Baron

With a name like this, there’s no mystery about the menu, with Gaborone’s finest cuts of Botswana beef served in upmarket surrounds. It’s inside the Grand Palm Resort complex; walk through the Walmont Ambassador lob…