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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…
Top Choice Somali in Burao

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.
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…
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 se…
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

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 Thursdays…