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Top ChoiceMuseum in Kinshasa

Musée National de Kinshasa

Musée National de Kinshasa

This amazing ethnographic archive comprising some 45,000 objects has been waiting patiently for its new home, a US$10 million prestige investment from South Korea currently under construction in the Lingwala area...

Top ChoiceZoo in Kinshasa

Serpents du Congo

This excellent snake farm is located 28km from downtown Kinshasa and makes for a great day out. Owner Franck will gladly show you the poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes here, and you even have the opportunity to...

Top ChoiceBar in Kinshasa

Kwilu Bar

Billing itself a 'rhumerie', Kwilu is a smart cocktail bar, lounge and tropical garden where an after-work crowd comes to relax and imbibe offerings from the sophisticated drinks list – on which rum...

Congolese in Kinshasa

Chez Flore

If you're looking for a Congolese restaurant with a local crowd and laid-back vibe, this is it. The friendly staff will explain the large menu, which is in Lingala for the most part, and you can enjoy the...

Bar in Kinshasa

Bar La Crèche

Head to this unpretentious Matonge institution if you want to throw yourself into Kin's seedy-but-magnificent musical heart. Famous locally for having the loudest music in town, your ears may be ringing for days,...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Kinshasa

Je Gagne Ma Vie

This charming shop, whose names means 'I earn my life', is a great spot for picking up some imaginatively crafted Congolese souvenirs; all the items on sale are produced by physically disabled locals. Enter the...

Bakery in Kinshasa

Patisserie Nouvelle

Located next to the French Embassy, this is the less-central but far-nicer venue for Kinshasa's most popular bakery. It's a great spot to get coffee, enjoy a pastry and stock up on some of the fine foods you've...

Indian in Kinshasa


This sophisticated place in the middle of down town Kinshasa offers a choice of Indian, Chinese and European cuisine in its stylish main room. The US$24 Friday-night buffet and the US$28 Sunday-lunch buffet are...

French in Kinshasa

Patisserie Nouvelle

A great breakfast choice, this trendy bakery does a range of set breakfasts as well as gorgeous pastries and good coffee. This is the best-located outlet, but the second one is far more charming and has an...

Italian in Kinshasa

A Casa Mia

A very refined option that is hugely popular with Kinshasa's foreign community, A Casa Mia has a gorgeous ornamental pool on its front terrace, and a dining room in the back that's half-open to the elements. Food...

Italian in Kinshasa


This superb restaurant is the toast of the town, and understandably so – its Italian food is wonderfully realised and the whole place buzzes with the chatter of Kinshasa's movers and shakers at both lunch and...

Cultural Centre in Kinshasa

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles

Despite its small size, the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles has a packed program of musical and other performances as well as a small exhibition space. It's one of the best place to see local musicians performing live.

Cultural Centre in Kinshasa

Texaf Bilembo

This charming arts-and-cultural centre has changing exhibits in its gallery, shows films and hosts various cultural events. The gift shop has a good range of local handicrafts, books and delicacies for sale.

Club in Kinshasa

Montecristo Kinshasa

This chilled out lounge-style place has a garden setting and a range of shishas to choose from. It's one of the few places in town that's popular with locals but doesn't have ear-splitting music.

Bakery in Kinshasa

Eric Kayser

A great spot for fresh pastries, tasty sandwiches and a range of salads and other light meals, this Parisian bakery chain has taken Kinshasa by storm with this most unlikely of outlets.

Notable Building in Kinshasa

Palais de la Nation

Built in 1956 as the official residence of the Belgian governor general in Kinshasa, the Palais de la Nation was where Congo's first president, Patrick Lumumba, denounced colonialism during a speech following his...

Monument in Kinshasa

Laurent Kabila's Tomb

This tomb of former president Laurent Kabila (1939-2001) is worth seeing, although reaching it involves passing through several layers of security in the middle of Kinshasa's main government and diplomatic...

Lebanese in Kinshasa

Restaurant Al-Dar

There's a reason why this large, canteen-like Lebanese place is always full to bursting, and that reason is price. The food is classic Lebanese fast food and everyone from smart-suited businessmen to hip...

Club in Kinshasa

Fiesta Club

With some of the best DJs and the coolest crowd in Kin, this central place will appeal to anyone wanting to have a great night of dancing. There's a chill-out lounge, bar and pool table as well as a busy dance...

Market in Kinshasa

Marché Central

This one of the largest markets in Central Africa, and is worth visiting for the intrepid. Watch your belongings (better still, bring nothing with you at all) and be sure to go with a local who knows the place.