Kigali’s Best Restaurants

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Kigali’s best restaurants are a feast for any food lovers. From simple, tasty Rwandan staples, to delicate sushi, Rwanda’s capital is packed full of incredible places to eat. 

Keep scrolling to see our favorite restaurants in Kigali, grouped by cuisine, budget, and more. 

Best Steak Restaurants

INKA Steakhouse – Great cocktails, even better steaks. This is the place to come if you’re hankering for red meat.

For more about steak in Kigali, see our Best Steak Restaurants in Kigali page.

Best Cafes

Inzora – Kigali’s loveliest cafe. Always great to wile away an afternoon here, sipping on their natural soda and munching on a grilled cheese. Great view.

For more about coffee in Kigali, see our Best Cafes in Kigali page.

Best Desserts and Pastries 

Baso Patissier – Kigali’s newest (and best) patisserie. Croissants, eclairs, and burgers.

J Lynn’s – Located in both Kicukiru and Kibagabaga, this Kigali staple makes the some of the city’s best bagels, doughnuts, hummus, peanut butter, and cupcakes around.

Kimy Gourmand – Crepes, crepes, and more crepes!

For more, see our guide to the best desserts and pastries in Kigali.

Best African Restaurants

Repub Lounge – A Kigali institution. Make sure to get brochettes and their misuzu (fried sweet plantain).

Africa Bite – My favorite chapati in Kigali, and their lunch buffet is a great deal.

NowNow Rolex – New spot offering twists on the Ugandan rolex. Make sure to try their French rolex, serviced with brie and caramelized onions!

Habesha – The city’s best Ethiopian food.

The Hut – Large menu, consistent quality, and great for a group.

Chez Lando – This Kigali institution still cooks up some of the city’s best brochettes.

Come Again – Kigali’s best Akabenz (marinated and roasted pig).

Panorama 10 to 2 Their big fish, roasted potatoes, and brochettes are perfect for a big night out.

Green Corner It’s a hard toss up between Green Corner and 10 to 2 for the city’s best big fish; they’re both so good!

Best Restaurants With a View 

Ubumwe Grande – Great views, good wine options, and delicious tuna sandwiches.

The Bistro – Situated on the top floor of the Urban Hotel, offering good views, steaks, salads, and a decent dinner menu.

Pili Pili – Great view, good pizza, and a lovely vibe on a weekend.

For more about view points in Kigali, see our Best views in Kigali page.

Best Indian Restaurants

Zaaffran – Kigali’s best Indian food (take that, Khana Kazana!). Be sure to try their Bharavan paneer.

Fat Mama’s – Fast food Indian spot in the no car zone. Make sure to try the samosa chaat and Mango lassi.

Best East Asian Restaurants

Bamboo – That restaurant with flashing lights on top of T2000? Yeah, that’s Bamboo. Offers greasy Chinese food, and dang I love it so.

Best Japanese and Korean Restaurants

Kiseki – Kigali’s best sushi restaurant.

Japanda – Their Donburi bowls are one my favorite meals in Kigali. Get the kaarage chicken.

Sakae – An interesting Korean and Japanese combination that’s been around forever, and is pretty consistent.

Best Restaurants for Big Groups

Sol e Luna – Kigali’s best pizza served alongside a lovely view.

Fine Dining

O’Tamarillo – Dinner-only, and located on a wonderful chef’s front porch. The menu changes twice a month, and their recent chocolate profiteroles were heaven.

Poivre Noir – One of Kigali’s best, offers an interesting French and Belgian menu with a lot of unique dishes.

Health Food Restaurants

Turambe Shoppe – Delicious and healthy salads, sandwiches, and soups.

Good Fast Food

Meze Fresh – Kigali’s best Mexican-ish restaurant. Love those veggie tacos and pineapple salsa.

Food & Go – Take away cafe in front of WAKA’s gym, great salads and smoothies.

Choma’d – One of Kigali’s most bumping bars, Choma’d has a great happy hour and serves up the city’s best comfort food.

European Restaurants

L’Epicurien – French, it’s been there forever, and it’s consistently good.

Brachetto – Fantastic vibe, and excellent Italian food.

CasaKeza – Spanish tapas, a lovely cheese plate, and great eggplant fries.

Filini – Inside the Raddison at the Convention Centre, and one of Kigali’s loveliest Italian restaurants. Their gnocchi is a delight.

Delizia Italiana – Kigali’s best gelato! I have to do my best to not eat here more than once a week.

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6 thoughts on “Kigali’s Best Restaurants”

  1. I would add:
    Elit- the new bakery located in UTC, with a great variety of fresh cakes, baklawa, buns, breads
    Umut- the new Turkish restaurant, very tasteful meat variety served with rice, grilled vegetables, chips, pickles, salads

  2. We like the Indian food at Khaza Khazan. Having lived in India it is the most authentically Indian cuisine in Kigali we have found.

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