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Cafes and Restaurants in Kampala

South African fast food chains have taken Kampala by storm.  Nando's (fried chicken), Steers (burgers and steaks), and The Chicken Inn (fried chicken) have all taken residence along Kampala Rd.  Around town, there’s a fair selection of Chinese, Ethiopian and some excellent Indian restaurants, thanks to Kampala’s large Asian community.

For local food, try the worker’s cafes or the open-air stalls around the market or taxi parks where you can pick up nyama choma (meat stew) or luombo (meat steamed in banana leaves), accompanied by a chipati or matoke (cooked, savoury bananas and the country’s staple). Uganda's fresh water fish is also highly recommended especially the Nile perch and the tilapia. The best deal is the all-you-can-eat Ugandan buffet at the Kampala Casino - one of a rather staggering five casinos in Kampala - but you have to be nicely dressed to get in.

The best place for a night out, and Kampala residents like to party, is in the Kabalagala district on Gabab Road – all taxi drivers know the way. Al's Bar and the Half London bar next door are institutions on Kampala’s nightlife scene. Both are partially open air, with large dance floors, live music and boisterous bars. They attract a mix of local clubbers, ex-pat workers and overland travellers. The Sheraton Hotel also has a British-style pub serving ale from around the world - at a price!


Khana Khazana restaurant

Undoubtedly  the best Indian restaurant (if not the best overall) in Kampala. The food is authentic, rich and well presented. The food served is Authentic Indian cuisine. The staff is very courteous and very prompt.  Its better to have a placed reserved in advance as after 9:00 pm the place is usually packed. They dont accept credit cards and for the dollar you wont get a good rate. Its better to pay in the local currency.  Stand out items are the aloo chops for starters, and for mains chicken kesariya (no 73), lamb/mutton with spinach, and the creamy black lentils.Nice decor, the ambience is busy but relaxed and service is efficient. Bit more expensive than other Indian restaurants in the city but the quality and atmosphere is so worth it


Wide range of Game Meat options and other regular meat & Veg optionsThe Lawns restaurant offers wide range of fusion delights from across continents and best collection of Wines and Spirits. The lovely and serene ambiance and exceptional service makes it the best restaurant in the town. Price: US$11-20 Comparison: least expensive Address: Plot 34, Impala Avenue, Kololo, Kampala


I ventured out to this new restaurant few weeks back n simply loved evrything about it. The food was gorgeous, the surrondings were superb coz they have given a very jungle like theme to the place amidst which u have a resturant,lounge,bar and a sheesha bar which is on a hieght and from there everything looks brilliant. The restuarant which has a concept of a Dhaba i-e a very ancient concept of sitting on couches called the 'charpai' ,n screening of latest bollywood songs with video's ..........oh the experience is so unwinding and relaxing. Since it is surrounded by gardens and is so open u can feel the fresh air while eating warm and sumptuous food

My personal favorite was hahahahaha nearly everything i ordered right from malai kofta (cottage cheese dumplings in a beautiful creamy sauce),chicken tandoori( i guess everyone really knows wat chicken tandoori is), dal bukhara (now that is my personal favorite as well but i dont really know what it is exactly hahah hang on but i am sure of 1 thing that it tastes simply heavenly) and finally Kashmiri rice( steamed rie with dry fruits and vegetables). Gosh the food out here is great it is located in Kampala, Kololo hill, opposite Kaboja school .

3. Fang Fang

The Best Chinese Food Ever !!

The food at Fang Fang is fabulous. It used to be at the Greenland Bank Building but has since moved and is in a beautiful place now. There are private rooms for larger groups and the waitstaff is excellent. You can also choose to sit outside which is atop the roof so you can overlook the city. Very romantic setting. It is always the restaraunt of choice with our group when going to Kampala. especially after being in villages for a month. What a treat. You will not be disapointed. Prices are not expensive especially for what you get. They made us a beuatiful watermelon bowl filled with fruit complimentary to our large group. Was a nice touch.


Sweet and sour chicken. Almond Chicken, the veggie special and actually there isn't anything except maybe octopus and millet, that I don't like. The ice cream is tasty too.


Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum Price: less than US$10 Comparison: about average Address: Will Get that later Directions: Cant remember as it moved but will find out and list here

4. Khyberpass restaurant at Speke Hotel


absolutely delicious tandoori and other Indian specialities for reasonable prices friendly staff

tandoori chicken chicken khorma

Theme: Indian Price: less than US$10 Comparison: less expensive than average Address: speke hotel

5. Haandi Indian Restaurant

Best Dining

Offers wide variety of North Indian Punjabi cuisine at mid range prices. Dining is formal with linens and black tie waiters. You can watch the chefs prepare your food through the large windows.Air conditioned. Mains $7.00 - $15.00US

Theme: Indian Price: US$11-20 Comparison: more expensive than average Address: Kampala, Uganda Directions: Location: Kenyatta Ave. in Kampala, Uganda