We don’t bill ourselves as food experts; in fact we both agree we suck at trying new foods. It doesn’t mean we don’t like to eat nor does it mean we don’t know a good restaurant when we find it. Rwanda’s food scene continues to grow and improve. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants.
Sol e Luna, KG 599 Street, Kigali, Rwanda – Sol e Luna is the go-to Italian restaurant in Kigali. Owned by a real Italian, Sol e Luna has some of the best pizza we have ever had. It does tend to be expat-heavy but since the pizza is so fantastic, we don’t mind.
Afrika Bite, 7 KG 674 St, Kigali and Buffalo Village, Remera, Kigali were tied for best buffets – Rwandan’s like to eat and buffets can be found just about anywhere in every city. Most buffets consist of the same staples of potatoes, sweet potatoes, brochette, rice, and beans. Extra items may include soups, ugali, cassava, pieces of bread, fruits and vegetables.
Volcana Lounge, Avenue 5 Juillet, Ruhengeri, Rwanda – Hands down the best place to eat after a morning of trekking with gorillas. Their pizza is thin crust and tasty. They also serve salads, sandwiches and Italian fare with beer and wine, too.
Khana Khazana, 9 KN 31 St, Kigali, Rwanda – Indian food at its African best. So many choices and everything we tried was delish. The Subzi Taka-Tin and the chicken tikka masala were exceptional, but everything was good.
J. Lynn’s, KK 25 Ave, Kigali, Rwanda (previously the African Bagel Company) for a Saturday morning of delish coffee, fresh real donuts and breakfast delights. Their fresh donuts are only available on Saturday mornings, and they are worth the wait. They also have incredible coffee, burritos with fresh salsa and a little market that sells freshly picked fruits and vegetables.
Bonus for the Adventurous Travelers:
Street Alley Omelets, Chips and African Tea – Street omelets consisting of fresh eggs and pre-cooked chips can be found in alleys off some of the main roads all over Rwanda. Usually, open around dusk and carrying on until the wee hours of the morning. Omelet chefs hide out in dark alleys curating huge, cheap, mouth-watering omelets filled with chips and a side of hot African tea. Ordered by price from around 300 Rwf and up– estimated at a three egg and chip omelet costs around 600 Rwf/$0.85 USD. Our favorite omelet vendor was located in the Kimironko area near KG19. Ask a local to show you his/her favorite vendor. Locations, days available and hours change depending on the police situation in each area – wink, wink -understand?