11 Top Spots for Dessert in Kigali

| Courtesy of Kigali Marriott Hotel
Leah Feiger

Rwanda’s capital has recently undergone a foodie makeover. With new hot spots opening monthly and chef-owned restaurants becoming the talk of town, Kigali has a lot to offer, and desserts are now being given the attention they deserve. Though unavailable in the city for many years, delicious dessert options are now offered at an assortment of Kigali restaurants, hotels, and cafes. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth, and check out our list for the 11 top spots for dessert in Kigali.

1. Inzora Cafe

Cafe, Vegetarian, Coffee

Gluten free brownie at Inzora Rooftop Cafe
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Inzora Cafe has a serious selection of baked goods. The best, however, is the gluten-free brownie. It is chocolatey, moist, and perfectly baked. A great pick-me-up during a meeting at the cafe, or to jumpstart an especially long work day, this brownie is such a treat. It also goes great with Inzora’s coffee selection.

2. Filini Italian Restaurant and Bar

Restaurant, Bar, Italian, Vegetarian

Known for their pastas and pizzas, the recently opened Filini is a serious foodie coup for Kigali. When visiting the restaurant, make sure to save some room for dessert – their chocolate cake is divine. It is really a rich chocolate fondant crossed with a souffle, and it is served alongside creme anglaise and homemade vanilla ice cream. This dessert is easily one of the best in Kigali, and the gooey chocolate center is mouthwatering.

3. Soko Restaurant at the Marriott

Restaurant, Contemporary, African, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Indian

The Marriott Hotel has three different restaurants, but the best restaurant for dessert is easily Soko. The infamous breakfast buffet at the Marriott hotel on Saturday and Sundays is known for its ever flowing champagne, but should also get recognized for the fabulous dessert selection. Bread pudding, chocolate mousse, fruit cakes, and more are crammed onto the gleaming counters, and pretty much everything is worthwhile.

4. CasaKeza

Restaurant, Spanish

Brownie at CasaKeza
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CasaKeza, Kigali’s only restaurant serving Spanish-inspired tapas, also offers a sweet selection of desserts. Try the cold chocolate brownie with macadamia nuts and dates, and enjoy their beautiful view.

5. Slices & Cakes

Bakery, Pastries

Slices & Cakes
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Until Slices & Cakes came around, Kigali lacked a serious cake and cupcake bakery. Slices & Cakes creates the city’s best cupcakes, and their chocolate and red velvet ones are unbeatable.

6. Kiseki

Restaurant, Sushi, Asian, Japanese

Green tea sundae at Kiseki
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In addition to serving up the city’s best sushi rolls and nigiri, Kiseki also deserves acknowledgement for its creative dessert options. Indulge in a fresh bowl of green tea ice cream or a sundae, made in collaboration with Delizia Italiana.

7. Baso Patissier

Cafe, Patisserie, Dessert, Vegetarian

Baso Patissier
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Baso Patissier, though only open for a short period of time, has become a Kigali staple. This boulangerie and casual cafe produces lovely croissants, bread, and several lunch and breakfast items, but is best known for eclairs. The vanilla eclair from Baso Patissier is one of the most delectable options to come out of Kigali in years. It is perfectly crafted, with a creamy vanilla center and a crunchy pastry exterior. Try the hazelnut and chocolate eclair as well, though the vanilla version takes the cake every time.

8. J Lynn's

Cafe, American, Gluten-free

J Lynns
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Every Saturday, J Lynn’s, a cafe known for bagels served in a lush garden, makes the city’s best doughnuts. Head to the their Kicukiru or Kagugu locations on the earlier side to snag a couple of their maple walnut doughnuts – they are just too good.

9. Brachetto

Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, European

Courtesy of Brachetto
This Italian restaurant consistently produces some of the nicest meals in Kigali. Perfect for a date night or fancy group dinner with friends, Brachetto’s fabulous wine selection, creative menu, and beautiful interior is always a delight. Their chocolate mousse is an absolute delight, and uniquely combines dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, and fresh thyme to make a creamy, light, and indulgent treat.

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