Rwanda restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Kigali

Brachetto

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, including toothsome pasta dishes, risotto, grills, gourmet sandwich…
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 French in Kigali

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 during the day. It boasts a broad menu of French favourites as we…
Top Choice International in Kigali

Pili-Pili

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 congenial atmosphere. It's a popular bar and restaurant, known fo…
Top Choice Cafe in Gisenyi (Rubavu)

Calafia

Four words: not to be missed. 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 san…
Top Choice Italian in Kigali

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 lovely open-air terrace) is clearly above average for Rwanda, …
Top Choice Cafeteria 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, burgers, freshly made smoothies and – most importantly of all – great coffee, making it by far t…
Top Choice Asian in Kigali

Zen

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

Camellia

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 briefly for a gourmet sandwich and latte, or stay longer and nosh o…