Best restaurants in Harare

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    Amanzi

    Don some nice threads as Amanzi is a class act and still the special night out. In a stunning colonial house with African decor, local art (for sale) and an amazing garden, it serves delicious international fusion dishes with a great vibe. The outdoor patio is ridiculously atmospheric with a nearby garden waterfall and crackling fire brazier. Bookings essential.

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    Chang Thai

    With a Thai owner and chef team, it’s no wonder this place has locals salivating – and perspiring – at the mention of its name. This is the real deal, with green, red and massaman curries all made from scratch with fresh ingredients; it's some of the most authentic Thai food you’ll find outside Bangkok.

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    Fishmonger

    This atmospheric seafood restaurant in a converted house with a Mediterranean-inspired decor is very popular with locals. The weekly specials are always worth a look, but otherwise expect the likes of grilled Kariba bream, Cajun blackened calamari or good ol' fish and chips, to enjoy indoors or on garden tables. Most of the seafood is imported from nearby Mozambique.

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    Garwe

    Highly recommended by locals, this restaurant has traditional Zimbabwean cuisine served under a thatched roof around a large roaring fire. Lunch draws a busy crowd filling up on sadza (maize-meal porridge) and other dishes, including goat and guinea fowl. Vegetarians are catered for with tasty leaf-vegetable dishes. It's about a US$5 cab ride from town.

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    40 Cork Road

    An attractive house-turned-restaurant with a relaxed garden setting, 40 Cork serves quality breakfasts and lunches, and does one of the best coffees in Harare. Also here is its Tutti Gelati, serving excellent homemade gelato (US$2 a scoop), and the quality KwaMambo craft shop.

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    Shop Café @ Amanzi

    In a land of carnivores, this vegetarian cafe is a welcome peculiarity. It's moved from its original Doon Estate locale to set up shop within Amanzi restaurant. It remains as popular as ever for its lunchtime buffets.

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    Pointe

    There's no shortage of authentic Portuguese restaurants in Harare, but the Pointe is one of the very best for peri peri charcoal meats. It's in a ramshackle, character-filled building busy with regulars tucking into classic Portuguese dishes. Friday nights (from 9pm) is karaoke time.

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    Coimbra

    One of Harare's best downtown eats is this authentic Portuguese restaurant that's a perennial local favourite for its saliva-inducing plates of spicy charcoal chicken.

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    Victoria 22

    Harare's best restaurant for fine dining, Victoria 22 is a fairly formal affair with crisp linen and silverware, making it a favourite for well-heeled locals. Set in a colonial house with a classy interior, its outdoor terrace overlooks a swimming pool and manicured lawn. The menu is predominantly Italian, including such local variations as ostrich carpaccio. Reservations recommended.

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    Cafe Veldemeers

    Your typical relaxed Harare cafe, where you can enjoy a good choice of breakfasts, toasties and burgers, or heartier mains such as steaks and curries. Its handmade Belgian chocolates are the real attraction, however. It's opposite Arundel Shopping Centre, which is home to a specialised Veldemeers chocolatier store.

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    Dzimbahwe

    This attractive, relaxed garden restaurant is a good spot to sample traditional Zimbabwean cuisine. You'll get a choice of grilled meats (such as roadrunner chicken or T-bone steaks) to go with white or brown sadza (maize-meal porridge) and peanut sauce. Good options for vegetarians, too. It has a handy central location.

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    Delicious

    One of Harare's best cafes has a fairly uninspiring shopping centre location, but it does great Eastern Highlands coffee, gourmet burgers, hearty mains and a massive choice of all-day breakfasts. Bread is baked on the premises, there's a bar and the staff are passionate about food.

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    Tinkabell Restaurant

    In a town where there's fierce rivalry over who does the best peri peri charcoal chicken, Tinkabell gets the local vote as number one. It's totally out of the way within an industrial area, though making a trip out here specifically for it is justified. It's that good.

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    Casa Mia Ristorante Pizzeria

    A contender for Harare's best pizza, this Italian restaurant has a cavernous space under a large thatch structure. Pizzas are thin crust and wood-fired. A lot of ingredients are made from scratch including its pastas and tiramisu.

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    Paula's Place

    Portuguese owner Paula pulls in the punters with authentic spicy grilled meats cooked on a charcoal braai (barbecue). It's a large space decked out with plants and appealing kitschy installations.

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    Bakers

    Basic no-frills joint in central Harare known for its delicious peri peri charcoal chicken. It also does steaks and burgers etc. It's 100% halal.

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    Millers Cafe

    No longer the buzzing spot it once was, this smart bistro has changed its menu and now specialises in wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, steaks and ribs to enjoy on an outdoor patio. It's within Sam Levy's Village.

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    St Elmo's

    A popular family pizza parlour with cheap red wine and unpretentious pizzas (the type you ate when you were a kid).