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.
Inzora Rooftop Cafe, KG 5, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 789 539 764
Filini Italian Restaurant and Bar
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.
This upscale Belgian-inspired hotspot has long been considered one of Kigali’s best restaurants. The desserts here are just as fabulous as the main courses, with the panna cotta particularly standing out. Panna cotta is rarely the most exciting dessert option on the menu, but with tart strawberries, crunchy meringue, and the creamy panna cotta itself, this cute little dessert is the perfect end to a hearty meal at Poivre Noir.
Poivre Noir, KN 14, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 735 823 282
Soko Restaurant at the Marriott
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.
Soko Restaurant, Marriott Hotel, KN 3, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 222 111 111
With sweltering summers and humid rainy seasons, Kigali is undoubtedly a town in need of a proper ice cream parlor. Kigali’s newest ice cream shop, Delizia Italiana, is the city’s ultimate gelateria. They have the usual flavors, like chocolate, Nutella, and vanilla, but also have a couple of creative combinations worth trying. Check out the pear and ricotta ice cream, a creamy and flavorful scoop that is as delicate as it is tasty.
Delizia Italiana, KG 2, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 786 338 089
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.
CasaKeza, KG 573, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 788 382 581
Slices & Cakes
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.
Slices & Cakes, KG 2, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 786 501 046
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.
Kiseki, KG 680, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 781 403 829
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.
Baso Patissier, KN 47, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 733 281 613
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.
J Lynn’s, KK 25, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 788 408 308
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.
Brachetto, KG 5, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 787 178 133