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Food & Restaurants In Bujumbura

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Bujumbura residents like their meals and enjoy dining out with friends and family. All restaurants provide a beef or fish brochette, fries or fried plantain, and a fresh salad. However, take your time. All cuisine is cooked fresh and the chefs take their time. Waiting an hour for dinner is absolutely not unusual.

There are restaurants spread throughout town, but the finest are in Rohero and Kiriri.

Some restaurants worth visiting include the following:


  • Botanika, 11 Blvd de l’Uprona,  +257 22 22 67 92, +257 22 22 87 73.Small, European-style eating with an edge. Expensive. Excellent outside dining area, inner patio, excellent for weekend brunch, provides wifi. Popular with business, government, and expats, the restaurant is often crowded. Bring a bottle with you. 16,000-18,000 Fbu for the main course, 12,000 Fbu for the appetizer.
  • Le Bouteille d’Or (near centre of town, ask a taxi driver or a local). A simple beer garden serving a regional delicacy, meat “michopo,” tender steamed beef eaten with little bread chunks.
  • Le Cayor, Chaussee Prince Louis Rwagasore (Opposite Centre Culturel Français). Lunchtime is hectic. Burundian cuisine in general, but also Cameroonian cuisine.
  • Le Plaisir, Avenue de l’Amitié (beside Radio Isanganiro). A well-known restaurant providing Burundian cuisine. Lunchtime is busy, particularly if you want a table upstairs. Because menu items are not always accessible, it is recommended to inquire with the waitress. The Sangala fish with onions is outstanding, as is the stewed beef (lunch only).
  • Oasis, 14 Blvd de l’Uprona, Rohero I, BP35 (next to Havana), +257 22 22 31 16, +257 75 75 31 16 (mobile), e-mail: [email protected] M–F 12:00–14:30 18:30–22:00, Sa 13:00–15:30 18:30–22:00, Su closed. On the town’s main street, there is a Greek restaurant and pizza parlor. Exquisite Greek mezze. 15 Greek specialties and 17 different types of pizza. 16,000–20,000 Fbu for meat, 16,000 Fbu for meze, and 11,000–21,000 Fbu for pizza.
  • Pont Muha (continue Bld de la Liberte till you reach the river Muha). The city’s best Burundian brochettes. If you’re famished, get the Hôtelière brochette.
  • Tropicana, Chaussée Prince Louis Rwagasore (Head 200 m East from Palace De L’Indépendance, 250 m north-west form central market). New and stylish restaurant and internet café. Burgers, omelettes, fruit drinks, and coffee are all excellent. Main courses are around 10,000 Fbu, while beverages are approximately 3,000 Fbu.
  • La Baguette Magique, Boulevard Lumumba Patrice. This is neither a café or restaurant, but rather an excellent bakery. It’s worth dropping by to replenish your supply of cakes/croissants.
  • Chez Michel. Adjacent to Hotel Tanganika. A fantastic Belgian bistro serving Belgian beers.
  • Fleur de Sel, Blvd 1er Novembre, Peace Corner Bldg, +257 79 92 87 41, +257 75 52 13 53, e-mail: [email protected] 12:00–21:00. Excellent food. Each week, a new menu of three appetizers, three main courses, and three desserts is presented. The proprietor is a lovely Belgian lady. Additionally, they provide breakfast. After the closure of the original Safran, the proprietor created this eatery. 11,000 Fbu each dish, two 12,5000 Fbu per dish, three 17,500 Fbu per dish, plus 2,000 Fbu every dish in the evening.


  • BBQ, Avenue Muyinga. The food is intriguing, and the setting is cozy.. 
  • Chez Andre, Chaussée Prince Louis Rwagasore. Super posh restaurant housed in a big, decked-out home. Service might be sluggish and unsatisfactory.
  • Shanghai, Avenue Muyinga (coming from the central market, take the Chaussée Prince Louis Rwagasore and turn left just before the Alimentation Escale du Bien – It’s around 600 metres (2,000 feet) up Avenue Muyinga, just across from a kindergarten. The finest Chinese cuisine in town. Service is lightning quick (in and out in less than an hour), and the restaurant is also open for lunch.
  • Tandoor, 22 Avenue de la Culture (quartier INSS, between Blvd Uprona and Blvd 28 Novembre),  +257 79 12 30 00, +257 75 77 70 00. Good Indian food. Quiet garden. Main dish: 10,000–13,000 Fbu + rice 4,500 Fbu. 


  • Le Belvédère, Avenue Belvédère (Kiriri, up Avenue Belvédère, near the Monument de l’Unité), +257 76 66 00 89, +257 79 92 20 89, +257 71 43 70 19, e-mail: [email protected] daily lunch and 18:00–23:00.Dining with a breathtaking view of the city. Additionally, lunch is served. The beef is tender, and they specialize in Asian cuisine (Japan, Thai, Vietnam). Expensive. 25,000–30,000 Fbu main course
  • “Chez Vaya”, e-mail: [email protected] +257 22 22 82 31, +257 79 92 11 91. In 1989, a traditional Greek kitchen with a panoramic outlook debuted.
  • Kiriri Garden, Ave Belvédère (Kiriri, up Ave Belvédère, near the mausoleum of Prince Louis Rwagasore). According to Burundians, this is one of the most renowned locations.

Lake Tanganyika

  • Cercle de la Paix de Bujumbura (Cercle Nautique), Avenue de la Plage (at the crossing with Avenue du 13 Octobre),  +257 79 40 28 85, +257 79 40 14 89, +257 75 38 60 93. Perhaps the most tranquil area in Bujumbura. The cuisine is average, but the views (on a clear day) of Lake Tanganyika and the Congo (DRC) highlands are outstanding. As of late 2011, new proprietors have maintained the rates but brought a limited menu choices and bad service with them. Meats include 12,000 Fbu, whereas fish have 17,000 Fbu.
  • Kiboko Grill, Ubuntu residence, 3 Avenue de la Plage,  +257 22 24 40 64, +257 22 24 40 65, +257 22 24 40 66. A lovely garden setting at a nice hotel with somewhat pricey meals and a pool. Additionally, the garden is home to many turtles, peacocks, and resident Uganda Cranes. Specialty meats (“Jambonneau moutarde,” “Texas spare ribs”) and 14 pizzas are included on the menu. 23,000 Fbu for meats/fish; 15,000 Fbu for pizza.
  • Eden, Ave de la Plage (along lake, past Ubuntu). Excellent views of the lake. The best pizza in Bujumbura, owned and managed by a renowned Belgian chef who imports mozzarella directly from Italy.
  • Restaurant Tanganyika, 1 Avenue de la Plage, BP 109,  +257 22 22 44 33, e-mail: [email protected] Mo-Sa 12:00–14:30 18:00–22:30. Restaurant Tanganyika is located in a magnificent 1930s art deco structure and is handled by a skilled Belgian chef. It provides some of the city’s greatest cuisine. Mains range between 18,000 and 25,000 Fbu, whereas Gambas may reach up to 45,000 Fbu.
  • Restaurant Hotel La Palmeraie. A charming new hotel with a garden/poolside restaurant providing outstanding French and international cuisine. Excellent wine selection, however dinners may be rather pricey (30-$40).


La Cervoise du Gaulois, Rue Mutaho. (Ave du Large direction Kinindo, cross Pont Muha, left after the green fence of Quartier OUA, first right. The Heineken sign on the left.). Closed Mondays.. A Quebecer-Burundian couple owns the property. The prices are comparable to those at Havana Club and Botanika. Gourmet hamburgers, steaks, and ribs, to name a few. Poured beer in frosted glasses. WiFi. Inquire about film screenings and National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey game evenings.

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MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$ 2.90Tomatoes1 kg$ 1.30Cheese0.5 kg$ 5.20Apples1 kg$ Oranges1 kg$ Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 0.95Bottle of Wine1 bottle$ 13.00 Coca-Cola2 liters$ 0.75 Bread1 piece$ 0.65Water1.5 l$RESTAURANTSDinner (Low-range)for 2$ 18.00Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$ Dinner (High-range)for 2$ Mac Meal or similar1 meal$ Water0.33 l$ Cappuccino1 cup$ Beer (Imported)0.33 l$ Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ Coca-Cola0.33 l$ Coctail drink1 drink$ ENTERTAINMENTCinema2 tickets$ Gym1 month$ 30.00Men’s Haircut1 haircut$ Theatar2 tickets$ Mobile (prepaid)1 min.$ Pack...

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