Top ChoiceYemeni in Hargeisa


You’ll leave this excellent restaurant, specialising in Yemeni dishes, as full as an egg, and whatever you opt for is certain to tickle your taste buds in just the right way. The mendi (lamb) and hanid mutton or...

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Kulan Art Cafe

Ease into low gear sinking a fruit juice or a Somali tea at this atmospheric lounge bar owned by Kulan, a fashion designer whose shop is just across the street. It’s genteel and civilised, and a popular hang-out...

Top ChoiceSomali in Hargeisa

Summer Time Restaurant

This trendy (for Hargeisa) outfit was the flavour of the month at the time of writing. It gets kudos for its expansive menu (written in English) that will satisfy even the pickiest eater. You can have omelettes,...

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Shamaxle Restaurant

The location, in a leafy compound right by the Todgheer River, is top-notch. And the juicy hanid (roast lamb) will have your taste buds leaping for joy.

Somali in Hargeisa

Dalxiis Restaurant

The Dalxiis is an enticing ‘park restaurant’, with a garden-like setting. Get your fingers dirty experimenting with the wide range of Somali dishes, including geel hanid (roast camel), basmati rice, goat and...

Seafood in Berbera

Al Xayaat Restaurant & Fish House

Lap up a reviving fruit juice and scoff a grilled fish at this colourful eatery overlooking the bay, and you’ll leave with a smile on your face. While eating you’ll be surrounded by a menagerie of cats, crows and...

Pizzeria in Hargeisa

Fish & Steak House

Belying its name, this venture is regarded as the best place in town for a fresh pizza. If pizzas aren’t doing it for you, delve into fish and meat dishes. The outdoor tables are pleasant and the service is good....

Somali in Hargeisa

African Village

Opposite Maan-soor Hotel, this large compound is one of the favourite haunts of diaspora Somalilanders, who come here to relax and sample excellent fare, including Ethiopian specialities, pastas, fish dishes,...

Somali in Hargeisa


Located at the hotel of the same name, Hadhwanaag is a great place to sample Somali specialities like loxox (a pancake-like flatbread with butter and honey), fish, goat, chicken and pasta. Enjoy your plunder...

Somali in Hargeisa

Imperial Hotel

The Imperial’s on-site restaurant serves an assortment of well-prepared Djiboutian, Somali and Yemeni dishes. Don’t miss its delicious anbabur (pancake with egg, milk curd and sugar), served on Mondays and...

Cafeteria in Hargeisa


You can’t miss this bustling cafeteria – look for the red-and-white building near Telesom. It rustles up simple dishes such as spaghetti and sandwiches. The outdoor terrace is ideal for honing people-watching...

Ethiopian in Hargeisa

Ethiopian Restaurant

True to its name, this authentic Ethiopian eatery serves good honest Ethiopian fare in intimate, low-key surrounds. Be sure to get your caffeine fix served in the traditional style. Opposite Kulan Art Cafe.

Somali in Hargeisa

Ambassador Hotel Hargeisa

Though there’s something on the menu for everyone, the in-house restaurant at the Ambassador Hotel is highly rated for its choice of camel dishes, including camel steaks and camel burgers.

Somali in Hargeisa

Man-Soor Hotel

This hotel restaurant has a good repertoire of palate-pleasing dishes. Choosing the main course is a real nail-biter – should it be salads, burgers, pizzas, pasta, fish or meat dishes?

Cafeteria in Hargeisa

Al Baraka

This is the closest thing Hargeisa has to a Western cafeteria. It’s popular with 20-somethings here to enjoy the atmosphere, chat over a cappuccino and nosh on calorie-busting cakes.

Somali in Hargeisa

Safari Hotel

Inside the Safari Hotel, you’ll find a welcoming garden restaurant offering an array of belly-filling dishes, including lamb, chicken, goat, beef, burgers, salads and pasta.

Cafeteria in Hargeisa

Maka Al Mukarama

Put some bounce in your step with a glass of mango or orange juice at this unpretentious supermarket-cum-cafeteria. Cakes, samosas and sandwiches are available.

Seafood in Berbera

Xeeb Soor

Facing the bay, the Xeeb Soor enjoys pleasant outdoor seating. There are good rice dishes and a variety of tasty fishes straight from the fishing harbour.

Somali in Erigavo

Beder Restaurant

A cheerful little place with a strikingly colourful facade. Good spot for a comforting breakfast (superb loxox!) or a quick meal later in the day.

Cafeteria in Borama

Goljano Cafeteria

Grab a burger and get filled for minimal coinage at this undeniable favourite. Superb fruit juices, too.