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Top ChoiceDance in Kampala

Ndere Centre

If you’re interested in traditional dance and music, try to catch a dinner-theatre performance of the Ndere Troupe at Ndere Centre. It showcases dances from many of Uganda’s tribal groups with high-energy shows...

Top ChoiceClothing in Kampala

Kampala Fair

Kampala Fair

Selling gorgeous women's kitenge dresses in traditional patterns, separates, children's clothing and some batik pillows, this fair-trade boutique is a solid choice for keepsake clothing, with craftsmanship...

Top ChoiceItalian in Kampala

Mediterraneo

This upmarket open-air Italian restaurant occupies a sprawling wood deck in a tropical garden, lit at night with kerosene lamps. The Italian chef creates fantastic thin-crust pizzas and handmade pastas, such as...

Top ChoiceIndian in Kampala

Khana Khazana

Regarded by many as the best Indian in town and even far beyond, classy Khazana is a great place to treat yourself. It features atmospheric Rajasthani-inspired decor, crisp white tablecloths and professional...

Top ChoiceHistoric Site in Kampala

Mengo Palace

Built in 1922, this small palace is the former home of the king of Buganda, though it has remained empty since 1966 when Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered a dramatic attack to oust Kabaka Mutesa II, then...

International in Kampala

Fez Brasserie

One of Kampala’s most renowned restaurants, this gorgeous spot looking out over the leafy grounds of the Emin Pasha hotel has an ever-evolving fusion menu, which respects vegetarians, uniting flavours from five...

International in Kampala

Prunes

A great spot for brunch, lunch or a laid-back dinner, Prunes is a popular expat hang-out. It does great Ugandan coffee to go with comfort food such as toasties, burgers and healthy salads of beetroot, goat's...

African in Kampala

Mama Ashanti

West African fare isn't so common here and this is some of the best. Mama Ashanti tempts with egusi (minced spinach, pumpkin seed and groundnut) with pounded yam, delicious grilled kebabs in a dry chilli rub, and...

Japanese in Kampala

Yujo Izakaya

In a gorgeous setting, this highly regarded, popular and friendly restaurant offers a slice of traditional Japan. Known primarily for its imported rice wine, excellent sushi and sashimi selection, it also serves...

Cultural Centre in Kampala

32° East Ugandan Arts Trust

This centre for Ugandan contemporary artists includes exhibit space, a library, workspace and resource centre. It is in the process of moving to a nearby space; keep an eye out for upcoming events on its website,...

Bar in Kampala

Otters Bar

With the most agreeable garden atmosphere thick with ferns and strewn with lights, this is a fine place to get a pint. There are also cocktails, pizza and snacks.

Mausoleum in Kampala

Kasubi Tombs

The Unesco World Heritage–listed Kasubi Tombs are of great significance to the Buganda kingdom as the burial place of its kings and royal family. The huge thatched-roof palace was originally built in 1882 as the...

Belgian in Kampala

Le Chateau

Though popular for its Ugandan beef tenderlion, Le Chateau serves an extensive Belgian menu that includes Flemish stew, crispy fries, snails and a selection of 11 Belgian beers, all served under an enormous...

Concert Venue in Kampala

Musicians Club

Kampala musicians get together every Monday at the National Theatre for informal jams and live performances – a must if you're in the city. The place fills with Ugandans letting off steam after work and the...

Live Music in Kampala

National Theatre

There’s a quality program of music, film, dance and drama performances in the theatre itself, but most travellers come here for the popular, free nightly outdoor events. Grab a beer and a chair and catch an...

International in Kampala

Cafe Javas

It's really hard to fault this place, a bright, spotless and roomy cafe in the middle of downtown Kampala. A huge menu takes in everything from delicious (and vast) breakfasts to excellent coffee, freshly baked...

Crêpes in Kampala

Holy Crêpe

Billing itself (perhaps unshockingly) as Uganda's first crêperie, this spot perched on top of Kololo Hill has sweeping views of Kampala. The main reason to come here, though, is the excellent crêpes and galettes...

African in Kampala

Lawns

A pretty garden restaurant offering carnivores anything from tender beef steaks to more exotic ostrich burgers, wildebeest steaks and crocodile in garlic-wine sauce. If you're really into the idea, go the...

Italian in Kampala

Cantine Divino

Doubling as a stylish wine bar, this upmarket Italian grill is a spot to see and be seen. Think steak with rustic potatoes, flame-grilled lamb chops and homemade pastas. There's an extensive (and expensive) wine...

Bar in Kampala

Big Mike's

Whether you're looking for a lively beer garden, a swanky cocktail bar or a pumping club, Big Mike's has it covered – all under one roof. It's popular for good reason, and you can find everything from stand-up...