Must see restaurants in Kigali

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    Run by an Italian chef, this upmarket venue wouldn’t be out of place in Milano, and gets top marks for its flawlessly prepared Italian specialties,…

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    Heaven Restaurant

    A highlight of the Kigali restaurant scene, Heaven has a relaxed, open-air deck bistro with a wide-ranging menu drawing from a variety of international…

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    New Cactus

    This attractive hacienda is set on a ridge where you can soak up the sparkling lights of Kigali by night or get a bird’s-eye appreciation of the city…

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    Sassy Pili-Pili ticks all the right boxes: a vast open-air terrace with superb views, a nifty pool, an enticing ethnic chic two-storey interior and a…

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    Sol et Luna

    Many locals and expats rave about this Italian kitchen, and we share their unbridled enthusiasm. The food here (and the trattoria-inspired decor, with a…

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    With tinkling fountains and covered courtyard dining, this sublime restaurant offers Kigali's best Asian meals as well as Rwanda's first sushi dishes…

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    This sassy cafe in a modern shopping mall is worth visiting for its wholesome dishes and tempting selection of coffees, teas and smoothies. Stop in…

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    Poivre Noir

    Dining at this upscale gourmet bistro is a treat. The elegant dining room is decorated with earthy tones and classy furniture and the imaginatively…

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    Khana Khazana

    Statues of a rotund Ganesh and a blissed-out Shiva dot what locals generally agree is one of the best Indian restaurants in Kigali. The menu has a long…

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    This super popular restaurant, which lives in a large, converted house with a leafy patio, offers the most diverse dining experience in the city. Lots of…

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    Shokola Cafe

    This gorgeous, bright and breezy space nestled in a verdant compound is emblematic of just how progressive and sophisticated Kigali has become in a short…

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    Inzora Rooftop Café

    At the back of a bookshop, this little charmer makes a great setting for a meet-up with a friend or a fine spot to linger over a light meal (gourmet…

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    Le Panorama

    Proudly perched on the top floor of the Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali’s most famous restaurant attracts its fair share of international scenesters, who…

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    If satisfying pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas or well-prepared meat dishes make your stomach quiver with excitement, slide into this buzzy eatery in…

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    Set in an all-wood dining room, this widely acclaimed restaurant serves an exquisite selection of authentic Japanese, Korean and Chinese dishes – those in…

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    Bourbon Coffee

    This popular coffee shop is the most central outlet of a popular local chain where good coffee, pastries, fruit juices, sandwiches and light meals are…

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    There are a few excellent Indian restaurants in Kigali and Zaaffran, we reckon, is the pick of the lot. The menu is classic North Indian – tandooris,…

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    Repub Lounge

    Best known as one of Kigali's most atmospheric restaurants and bars, Repub Lounge serves up delicious meat dishes as well as respectable cocktails. The…

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    Fantastic Restaurant

    This colourful eatery overlooking a busy thoroughfare has excellent, speedy service and has become deservedly popular for its monster-sized, brilliant…

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    Brioche Bread & Pastries

    What was once a warehouse is now a sleek venture with large windows looking onto the avenue. An array of pastries, cakes, tarts and sandwiches will tempt…