Top ChoiceMuseum in Huye (Butare)

Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum

This outstanding museum was given to the city as a gift from Belgium in 1989 to commemorate 25 years of independence. While the building itself is certainly one of the most beautiful structures in the city, the...

Top ChoiceDance in Huye (Butare)

Traditional Rwandan Dance Troupe

There is a traditional Rwandan dance troupe based in Huye, and its show is spectacular. The Intore dance originated in Burundi and involves elaborate costumes and superb drumming routines. Performances can be...

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Nehemiah's Best Coffee

On the main drag running from the upper town to the university, this wonderful surprise serves up pastries, omelettes, burgers, freshly made smoothies and – most importantly of all – great coffee, making it by...

Chinese in Huye (Butare)

Chinese Restaurant

Growing weary of goat meat or pasta? Take a seat amid the typical ho-hum Chinese interior, overhung with the mandatory reddish Chinese lanterns, and choose from all the usual Chinese menu suspects, including...

French in Huye (Butare)

Hotel Ibis Restaurant

This hotel restaurant, with its open-air terrace and pleasantly faded dining room (there's a brighter room upstairs), is the most popular place in town for locals and tourists alike. It is justly revered for its...

Cafe in Huye (Butare)

C&C Café Connexion

An industrial space turned coffee shop, this very atmospheric place, which uses only the finest of beans, is dominated by a massive coffee-bean roaster and grinder and is the place in town for a caffeine boost....

Arts & Crafts in Huye (Butare)

La Copabu

Large handicraft shop selling local products, including woodcarvings, jewellery and basketware, and other souvenir-worthy items. Opening hours are a little flexible.

Cafeteria in Huye (Butare)

Inzozi Nziza

Mmm, the homemade ice creams! Oh, the damn addictive banana cake! Also serves up omelettes (RFr2000), palate-pleasing salads (RFr1500), cookies and excellent coffee.

Gardens in Huye (Butare)

National University of Rwanda

Rwanda’s finest institution of learning suffered terribly during the 1994 genocide, though today it has turned towards the future with hope and optimism. Strolling through its campus is a pleasant diversion,...

Church in Huye (Butare)


Huye is home to Rwanda’s largest cathedral, which was constructed in the 1930s to commemorate the life of Princess Astrid. The red-brick building is still used for religious worship, so stop by if you happen to...