Great Wall

Great Wall

Great Wall has moved. The map below is accurate but these photos are from the old place.

There might very well be Chinese restaurants who can offer higher quality food in Kigali, but for a cheap yet filling and delicious meal with beautiful views, Great Walls is hard to beat! I have been coming here regularly since I first discovered the slightly run-down place a year ago, and have managed to convert many an expat to return here as well.

You have to brave a climb up a creaky red staircase, but once the hike is done, you’ll be looking out toward the Nyarutarama hill. The décor is blaringly red (as is to be expected in any Chinese restaurant abroad), and though some of the lamps are strangely decorated, it’s a cozy and homey feel to this terrace restaurant. For a more private dinner, they have several closed-off stalls. I once ended up here after a heavy downpour forced us off of the porch, and I would not recommend these unless you have really dirty business to take care of.

Set Menu For a hearty meal, try the vegetable noodles for only Rwf 2,500 – tons of vegetables and a pile of thick egg noodles – or go for one of the Set Menues (picture on the left). If you are two, share a bowl of rice (Rwf 1,000) and one of the hot pots (brought to you still sizzling on a stone plate) for around Rwf 4,000. It’s more than enough for two people! For a tasty appetizer I recommend the spring rolls (Rwf 800 each) dunked in pili pili and soy sauce…

Besides great atmosphere, views and food, the service is some of the best I’ve experienced in Kigali. The staff are friendly, and I’ve never waited longer than 30 minutes for my food (and usually a lot less). I tend to end up here for an improvised weekend lunch, an after-pool dinner, or a pre-party snack, and Great Wall is close enough to both Kimihurura and Novotel to fill all these roles!

Hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm
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About Inga

Born and raised in Norway, culturally transformed in the US, and now residing in Rwanda. Studied biology, but teaching English in Kigali while finishing up my Master's, and debating future career options. At the moment starting up a cocoa plantation is at the top of my list, closely followed by founding an improv society. Severely technologically challenged, but somewhat creatively gifted. A great lover of the Universe, as well as cakes and salt. A passionate hater of small concrete rooms.