Food & Drinks

The proverbial Congolese nightlife is superb, and Goma is no different. In many nightclubs the tunes are a mix of local and western, and so are the customers. Except for Chalet and Kivu Lodge, service is often slow. So, don’t be in a rush.


City Center:

  • Au bon pain: In the summer of 2014, Goma got his first upscale bakery, offering delicious sweets, fresh croissants and very good coffee. It has a nice atmosphere with an outside balcony and fast service and internet. The bakery was featured by CNN, The Guardian and Vice. Mo. – Sa. 7-19h, Su 10-15h. 082 371 7625, 097 062 3824.
  • Salt & Pepper is a nice little restaurant with Indian, Bengali, Chinese, and African food from 3$ to 10$. Known for their quality of customer service, you can also get home delivery and door catering at 099 709 7316, 081 170 6164. The restaurant is located on Avenue du Rond Point #64. References via Trip Advisor.
  • Petit Bruxelles is a very popular restaurant in town. Don’t miss out on the steak and brochettes, which are among the best in town. 085 087 1614, 099 757 2666, 081 319 7148, 099 052 0025, 081 314 5422.
  • VIP Restaurant. Specializing in grilled fish & chicken, dishes 4$-10$.

Predominantly Congolese:

  • Magali Fan Club at the Justice roundabout.
  • Diocese De Goma, Centre D’ Accueil, Avenue des Bougainvillier, Quartier des Volcans
  • Chez Ntemba and Dallas Club

Himbi District:

  • Le Chalet. Located right on the edge of the lake, Chalet is a prime restarant. Food is excellent and the service fast and kind. $$$. Every Wednesday from 7pm onwards, Chalet offers a buffet for $12. Alternatively, you should come for the brunch at 1pm every Sunday. 081 945 0284, 081 945 0284. For references, see Trip Advisor.

Chalet is also offering salads and coffee on delivery for lunch. Order via their Facebook page.

  • Lake Kivu Lodge is another fantastic sanctuary in Goma. Don’t miss out on the deserts. $$$. Reviews via Trip Advisor. +243 811 510 760 or +243 971 868 749.

There are many cheap restaurants which serve rice, meat, chips and beans. In addition, most also serve one of the the traditional African staples ugali, which is made primarily from flour and water. Natural yoghurt (called maziwa) is popular, often sweetened with sugar. It’s available at many small shops around town for about $0.5.



(Sketch by Anne-France White. Check out her blog and follow her on Twitter).

There are a range of small shops around town. Major supermarkets that also serve western food are:

  • La Promesse: Avenue Peligan, Quartier des Volcans. Open everyday from 8-22h. Contact: 085 936 8141, 097 480 4579, 099 309 9163, 099 118 6288, 099 143 2017.
  • Ruvunda: 089 247 1076
  • Ok-Mart: 081 514 0077.
  • PX: Monday-Saturday 9-19h; Sunday and MONUSCO holidays 10-15h. Email Lalla Fatima Zahra Yousfi ( for a permit to enter PX.
  • New City Market:, 085 961 5333.
  • La Beauté


  • Virunga Market is the biggest and best stocked market in town. Watch your pockets.
  • Marché du Cinquantenaire located at BEDGL roundabout.

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  1. […] Returning to Goma at 23, Jados saw a very different place to the town she had left. High quality food products were in short supply, as were clean water and electricity. The challenges didn’t stop her from focusing on her goal of establishing the first high-end bakery in town. […]