Restaurants

Top Choice International in Kigali

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 influences. It's hugely popular with expats and travellers, so …
Top Choice Cafe in Gisenyi

Calafia

On the lakefront road near the DRC border, this wonderful conversion of an impressive mansion now hosts a superb cafe that is passionately run by a group of expat friends. Delicious sandwiches, pastries and salads a…
Top Choice Cafe in Huye (Butare)

Nehemiah's Best Coffee

On the main drag running from the upper town to the university, this wonderful surprise serves up pastries, omelettes, freshly made smoothies and – most importantly of all – great coffee, making it by far the best b…
Top Choice Italian in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

Volcana Lounge

With a roaring wood fire in the corner, a sort of rainforest lodge atmosphere (despite being on Musanze's main street) and a laid-back feel, this is one of the better places to eat and hang out in town. The menu con…
Top Choice Rwandan in Kigali

Chez John

A popular local haunt, Chez John serves up authentic, country-style Rwandan standards – namely meat and maize – in upmarket surrounds. The lunch buffet is extremely popular and offers a great opportunity to try a nu…
Top Choice Chinese in Kigali

Zen

With tinkling fountains and covered courtyard dining, this sublime restaurant offers Kigali's best Chinese meals as well as Rwanda's first sushi dishes. This is where the well to do of Kigali come when they want to …
International in Kigali

Shokola Cafe

This gorgeous, bright and breezy space on the top floor of the Kigali Public Library (go around the back and take the stairs) is emblematic of just how progressive and sophisticated Kigali has become in a short time…
Pizza in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

La Paillotte

This popular local haunt is streets ahead of the hotel restaurants in town, at least in terms of atmosphere. There's a funky interior and seating on a breezy roadside terrace. Pizzas are the most popular item on the…
Indian in Kigali

Khana Khazana

Statues of a rotund Ganesh and a blissed-out Shiva dot what locals generally agree is the best Indian restaurant in Kigali. The menu has a long list of all the Indian classics (which are prepared with panache) and t…
European in Gisenyi

Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

The restaurant at the Lake Kivu Serena is a culinary tour of the world with a menu that includes Indian, French and Italian cuisine, as well as a few local dishes. Even though the food quality doesn't always merit t…