Top things to do

Top Choice Yemeni in Hargeisa

Saba

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 goa…
Top Choice Cafeteria in Hargeisa

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 for…
Top Choice Somali 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, cor…
Market in Hargeisa

Central Market

Hargeisa’s centrepiece, the expansive central market is a wonderful (and largely hassle-free) place to experience a typical Somali market. Its lanes hide everything from perfume to household objects, electronic good…
Market in Hargeisa

Livestock Market

An essential part of the Hargeisa experience is the livestock market, which lies on the southeastern outskirts of town. Hundreds of goats, sheep and camels are brought here every day, and it’s a fascinating place to…
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 grilled…
Mosque in Hargeisa

Jama Mosque

East of the market area, the modern Jama Mosque hosts Hargeisa’s main Friday prayers around noon, attracting hundreds of worshippers – it is an amazing sight. Though not permitted to enter the mosque, you can admire…
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. It…
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, burger…
Somali in Hargeisa

Hadhwanaag

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 under a…