Top things to do

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 Memorial in Kigali

Kigali Memorial Centre

In the span of 100 days, an estimated one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were systematically butchered by the Interahamwe and army. This memorial honours the estimated 250,000 people buried here in mass graves an…
Top Choice Museum in Huye (Butare)

National Museum of Rwanda

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 muse…
European in Kigali

Heaven Restaurant & Bar

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. Saturday night is 'open-mike' night when anyone who…
Top Choice Indian in Kigali

Khana Khazana

Statues of a rotund Ganesh and a blissed-out Shiva dot what many a local claim is the best Indian restaurant in Kigali. The menu has a long list of all the Indian classics prepared with panache and the waitstaff are…
Top Choice Chinese in Kigali


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 …
Top Choice Italian in Musanze (Ruhengeri)

Volcana Lounge

With a roaring wood fire in the corner, a cool sound track (most of the time anyway!) and a laid-back feel, this is one of the nicer places at which to eat, and linger, in town. The menu consists primarily of Rwanda…
Chinese in Kigali


Something of a Kigali institution, the Flamingo (now located in the leafy Kimihurura sector of town) remains the best Chinese restaurant in the country and has all the accoutrements you’d expect in a successful Asia…
French in Kigali

New Cactus

This Mexican-style 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 an…
American in Kigali

Bourbon Coffee Shop

Head to this popular Western-style coffee shop where locals and expats queue for oversized coffees, sandwiches, burgers and light meals.