Best restaurants in Eastern DRC

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Goma

    Au Bon Pain

    The opening of this lifeline marked the beginning of a new era in Goma – and if that sounds like an exaggeration just look at the lovely pastries, the great coffee, the delicious sandwiches or the salads on offer. It's furiously popular at lunchtime, when you may have to wait for a seat. To find it, look up – there's no sign at street level. It's on the 2nd floor, opposite the green Société Nationale d'Assurances building.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Goma

    Le Chalet

    Ten minutes north of Goma's centre by moto-taxi, Le Chalet is a tranquil oasis of tropical gardens and calm, lakeside dining. The interesting menu runs beyond the standard meat dishes, and there's also excellent pizza from a wood-fired oven and good set-meal offers. Stick around after lunch for a spot of sunbathing and swimming. The restaurant rents out kayaks and even a motorised pontoon (US$60 per hour), on which you can peek at the vast lakefront houses of DRC's political classes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bukavu

    Orchids Safari Club Restaurant

    This smart restaurant inside the Orchids Safari Club hotel sees a scramble at lunchtime to bag one of its few lake-facing tables, and the views are well worth coming early for. The food is classical French cuisine with a few regional influences and local dishes.

  • Restaurants in Goma

    Nyumbani Lounge

    With a menu that's more inventive than most you'll find in Goma, plus Levantine decor, comfortable banquettes and a large terrace that's perfect for al fresco dining or cocktail sipping, it's easy to see why this restaurant is so popular with expats. It's not easily spotted from the street, as it's on the 3rd floor of a commercial building.

  • Restaurants in Bukavu

    Karibu

    This fun and friendly bar and restaurant has a decidedly hip feel, with a crowd of locals around the pool table, a garden decorated with empty beer bottles and fairy lights, and a shop selling upcycled clothes with a Congolese touch. The menu is of Congolese standards, as well as good pizza. It's in a side street behind the Horizon Hotel.

  • Restaurants in Goma

    Petit Paris

    A charming and rightly popular place right in the middle of Goma's Quartier du Volcan, Petit Paris has busy main dining room, several smaller private rooms named after different French cities, a pool table and a bar where a good mix of locals and UN staff mix and enjoy the excellent Congolese-French cooking.

  • Restaurants in Goma

    Village Fatimata

    This is a good place to go for a taste of Congolese food and to escape the expat bubbles. Locals who come here for the grilled chicken, fish and goat ribs assure us it tastes better when washed down with a big, cold bottle of locally brewed Primus beer. The goat feast for six people costs US$28.

  • Restaurants in Goma

    Le Petit Bruxelles

    Anything less like Brussels is a challenge to imagine, but this courtyard restaurant on a muddy street off Goma's central traffic roundabout does have a weird kind of charm all of its own. In the evenings, the barbecue is fired up and tasty seared steaks and cold beer are served up.

  • Restaurants in Goma

    Mwajuma Shop

    The best-stocked supermarket in Goma.