Best restaurants in Democratic Republic of Congo

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Restaurants in Kisangani

    Chez Bronzetta

    A genial and laid-back place run by a Québécois and his Congolese wife, Chez Bronzetta is perennially popular with local expats. Here you can dine outside in the garden or under the thatched paillotte (straw awning), and choose from Stéphane's excellent pizza (made in a wood-fired oven), or a selection of freshly cooked fish and meat.

  • 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 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 enormous portions served at the plastic tables in the garden.

  • 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 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 been missing in Africa.

  • Restaurants in Kinshasa

    Fusion

    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 both excellent deals that are wildly popular with expats.

  • Restaurants 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 outside courtyard.

  • Restaurants 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 is top notch – superb pizzas,

  • Restaurants in Kinshasa

    Limoncello

    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 dinner.

  • Restaurants 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.

  • 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 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 hop–styled young locals and exhausted UN workers come to eat here.

  • Restaurants in Kisangani

    Riviera Restaurant

    A rainbow of greens greets you as you enter this compact but rather charming restaurant, where an old-world spirit somehow still prevails. Choose from excellent steaks or fish, as well as a number of cheaper local dishes, including goat.

  • Restaurants in Kinshasa

    Le Palais

    This smart place overlooks a pool and serves up some of the best Lebanese food in Kinshasa. Order some sharing plates and feast on excellent hummus, falafel, tabbouleh and fattoush.

  • Restaurants in Goma

    Mwajuma Shop

    The best-stocked supermarket in Goma.