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Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Windhoek

Penduka

Penduka, which means ‘wake up’, operates a nonprofit women’s needlework project at Goreangab Dam, 8km northwest of the city centre. You can purchase needlework, baskets, carvings and fabric creations for fair...

Top ChoiceBistro in Windhoek

Stellenbosch Wine Bar & Bistro

When well-to-do locals want an enjoyable night out with the guarantee of good food, this is their number-one pick. With a classy outdoor-indoor setting and thoughtfully conceived international food – beef burger...

Top ChoicePub Food in Windhoek

Joe’s Beerhouse

A legendary Windhoek institution, this is where you can indulge (albeit with a little guilt…) in flame-broiled fillets of all those amazing animals you’ve seen on safari! Seriously. We’re talking huge cuts of...

Top ChoiceInternational in Windhoek

Leo’s

Leo’s takes its regal setting in Heinitzburg Castle to heart by welcoming diners into a banquet hall that previously served the likes of royalty. The formal settings of bone china and polished crystal glassware...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Windhoek

Namibia Crafts Centre

This place is an outlet for heaps of wonderful Namibian inspiration – leatherwork, basketry, pottery, jewellery, needlework, hand-painted textiles and other material arts – and the artist and origin of each piece...

Top ChoicePub in Windhoek

Joe’s Beer House

True to its moniker, Joe’s stocks a wide assortment of Namibian and German beers, and you can count on prolonged drinking here until early in the morning. It’s the favoured drinking hole of Afrikaners and...

Top ChoiceBar in Windhoek

Boiler Room @ The Warehouse Theatre

From after-work drinks to live music and a crowd that likes to dance, the Boiler Room at the Warehouse is one of the coolest and most versatile places in town – the latter quality makes us think it might just...

Top ChoiceChurch in Windhoek

Christuskirche

Christuskirche

Windhoek’s best-recognised landmark, and something of an unofficial symbol of the city, this German Lutheran church stands on a traffic island and lords it over the city centre. An unusual building, it was...

Wine Bar in Windhoek

Wine Bar

This bar is in a lovely historic mansion that actually used to store the town’s water supply, but now houses the city’s premium wine selection. Staff here have an excellent knowledge of their products, pairing an...

African in Windhoek

La Marmite

Commanding a veritable legion of devoted followers, this humble West African eatery deserves its long-garnered popularity. Here you can sample wonderful North and West African cuisine, including Algerian,...

Arts & Crafts in Windhoek

Old Breweries Craft Market

This hive of tourist shopping euphoria contains a heap of small and large shops with a range of African arts and crafts on offer. A couple of our favourite shops are Woven Arts of Africa, with some wonderfully...

International in Windhoek

Social

A relative newcomer to the Windhoek dining scene, Social already has a loyal following for its contemporary setting and great food – we enjoyed the steak tartare and oryx loin, but we left longing to try the...

Carnival in Windhoek

Mbapira/Enjando Street Festival

Windhoek’s big annual bash is held in March around the city centre. It features colourful gatherings of dancers, musicians and people in ethnic dress.

Beer in Windhoek

Oktoberfest

True to its partially Teutonic background, Windhoek stages this festival towards the end of October – beer-lovers should not miss it.

Wildlife Reserve in Windhoek

Daan Viljoen Game Park

This beautiful wildlife park sits in the Khomas Hochland about 18km west of Windhoek. You can walk to your heart’s content through lovely wildlife-rich desert hills, and spot gemsboks, kudus, mountain zebras,...

Museum in Windhoek

National Museum of Namibia

The excellent display on Namibia’s independence at the country’s historical museum provides some enlightening context to the struggles of this young country. But probably the most interesting part of the museum...

Park in Windhoek

Zoo Park

Although this leafy park served as a public zoo until 1962, today it functions primarily as a picnic spot and shady retreat for lunching office workers. Five thousand years ago the park was the site of a Stone...

Museum in Windhoek

Trans-Namib Transport Museum

Windhoek’s beautiful old Cape Dutch–style train station on Bahnhof St was constructed by the Germans in 1912, and was expanded in 1929 by the South African administration. Across the driveway from the entrance is...

Mall in Windhoek

Post St Mall

The throbbing heart of the Windhoek shopping district is the bizarrely colourful Post St Mall, an elevated pedestrian walkway lined with vendors selling curios, artwork, clothing and practically anything else...