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Things to do in Kigali

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Building
“This is an emotional memorial to one of the world's most horrific events which took place in 1994. The memorial itself is free of charge but you can pick up an audio guide for a fee at the entrance. If you spend any time in Rwanda, you should definitely make a point of visiting this memorial.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“A short walk from our location, Repub Lounge offers local dishes and has a lovely slow cooked tilapia dish that is worth the wait. With relaxed and super friendly service, this place has a warm ambiance, offering live music during certain days of the week. Upstairs is a lovely patio with nice views which books up - best to call and reserve a table in advance. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Popular spot with views of the city, hookah, bar, club, asian fusion restaurant, and bakery. Weekends you can go clubbing, weekdays it's a chill place to grab food or a drink.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Place to shop
“A wonderful African market with a bustling hustling spirit at its core, narrow alleys and overhanging fabric of every colour make for a glutenous feast for the eyes.”
  • 12 locals recommend
African Restaurant
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“Heaven is a great spot for food, drinks, brunch, and the small art shops attached to the restaurant. There is a nice big wooden deck shaded by beautiful hanging trees.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Super busy on Fridays. Turns into a night club late, and has a decent mix of expats and Rwandans.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Cultural venue featuring exhibitions of works by artists in residence, plus workshops & classes”
  • 8 locals recommend
Night Club
“Relaxed atmosphere - Pool - Kid's playground - Volleyball - Bowling alley - Draft beer - Music nights”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They have a variety of pizzas and a varied Italian cuisine menu, it is a very cosy place in a quiet neighborhood ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Himalayan Restaurant
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“This is a great sports bar and grill, with some of the most tasty Pizzas in town. It's a beautiful place for families to visit on a weekend afternoon. the view of the city gets even more beautiful at night. it is about 2.5km from home and about 5 minutes drive and 30 minutes walk.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Meze Fresh has some of the best Mexican food that we have encountered in town, they are known for the best burritos and quesadillas (2.7km) ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing authentic food with open air seating and gardens. Come hungry because the portions are generous!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“It's great, they have nice food and a great service - this is a walking distance from Kwetu - go and enjoy some nice lovely coffee and other specialities!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place to eat
“One of the city's crowning jewels, shaped like a traditional Rwandan house the KCC has good food, good views and live music.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This shopping centro has in coffee shops, clothes shops, supermarkets you name it.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Only movie theatre in town. Look at the movies showing in advance. Variety is small but it's a good experience. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“A short walk from our location, Repub Lounge offers local dishes and has a lovely slow cooked tilapia dish that is worth the wait. With relaxed and super friendly service, this place has a warm ambiance, offering live music during certain days of the week. Upstairs is a lovely patio with nice views which books up - best to call and reserve a table in advance. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Popular spot with views of the city, hookah, bar, club, asian fusion restaurant, and bakery. Weekends you can go clubbing, weekdays it's a chill place to grab food or a drink.”
  • 7 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“Heaven is a great spot for food, drinks, brunch, and the small art shops attached to the restaurant. There is a nice big wooden deck shaded by beautiful hanging trees.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Super busy on Fridays. Turns into a night club late, and has a decent mix of expats and Rwandans.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They have a variety of pizzas and a varied Italian cuisine menu, it is a very cosy place in a quiet neighborhood ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Himalayan Restaurant
“This is a great sports bar and grill, with some of the most tasty Pizzas in town. It's a beautiful place for families to visit on a weekend afternoon. the view of the city gets even more beautiful at night. it is about 2.5km from home and about 5 minutes drive and 30 minutes walk.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Meze Fresh has some of the best Mexican food that we have encountered in town, they are known for the best burritos and quesadillas (2.7km) ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing authentic food with open air seating and gardens. Come hungry because the portions are generous!”
  • 4 locals recommend

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