Top ChoiceBakery 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...

Top ChoiceInternational 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...

Top ChoiceFrench 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...

International 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...

Lebanese 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...

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...

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...

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.

Congolese in Bukavu


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...

French 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...

Barbecue 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,...

International 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...

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...

International 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...

Lebanese 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.