KAMPALA: 5 Restaurants Where You Can Eat Like a Local

This is Kampala, so you’re bound to find 'luwombo' joints at almost every corner in the city.
By :

Geoffrey Baluku

As they say, the best way to understand people and their culture is by trying local food.  The manner in which food is prepared, presented and served by local restaurants is fundamental to this process.

Like accommodation, food is an integral part of any vacation and is an important part to understand local cultures.

Here are my 5 top traditional foody joints in Kampala that I often visit as and when I have a meal outside home.

St Anthony Restaurant

Located at Plot 22, Lumumba Avenue near the French embassy and in between Piato Restaurant and Twed Plaza, St. Anthony specializes in Luwombo. There aren’t that many restaurants that have been in existence since 1971 and are still in operation but in this case, St. Anthony’s has certainly stood the test of time.

Delicious Ugandan Cuisine. /Jennifer Crisp/Facebook

St. Anthony’s serves some of the best luwombo dishes alongside many other local food options. They (St Anthony) restaurant are also famous for serving Ugandan food in generous proportions and more so tasty!

The luwombo served ranges widely from chicken, beef, ground nuts and goat’s meat to mixed options such as ground nuts with smoked beef or fish. The options are virtually endless. The luwombo is served with the usual local side dishes such as matooke, ‘kalo’, posho, rice, pilau with goats, meat. Sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, pumpkins, chapatti and a wide range of assorted vegetables.

2k Restaurant, Bakuli

Ugandan dishes prepared at 2k restaurant are done with such precision, you will not want to dine on Ugandan cuisine from any other place.

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2K restaurant is famed for their signature menu of uniquely consistent fine local dishes. Their focus is on fresh, natural flavours, use of top-quality produce and expert technique results in intense food that is unpretentious but delicious and beautiful to behold. Everything you have heard about this Restaurant is to a great extent true.

A mixture of Halal, luxury and Delicacies is of course too hard to find, you will rejoice on reaching 2k restaurant located in Bakuli, Kampala along Hoima road.

Feedrite Restaurant Kamwokya

Located along Kanjokya street, in Kamwokya, Feedrite restaurant is open daily until 4am therefore this makes it the ideal place to grab that late night post party meal before hitting the sack.

Feedrite Restaurant cusines include, African, Ugandan Dishes.

Shaka Zulu Restaurant

Located in Kiswa, along Campelling Road, Shaka Zulu restaurant is a favorite among locals in the Bugolobi, Kampala area. They serve various traditional meals ranging from pilau to luwombo at affordable prices. Every meal is served with free fresh juice.

Shaka Zulu Experience

African Pot

African Pot Restaurant. Esther Amooti/Facebook

Inspired by a love for Africa foods with the desire to go ”back to the root” and experience the fantasy of Motherland, Afrika Hot Pot located at plot 41, Buganda road in Kampala offers boiled free oiled dishes at friendly prices.

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  1. The Ugandan cuisine is really good to take a bite of. You get the real taste of being in Uganda from the fresh foods make in many of the restaurants. From all of the above there still some other restaurants where you can have a meal all over Kampala since most hotels offer food according to your preference.

  2. Ugnada is indeed the pearl of Africa, filled such organic foods accessible literally in all restaurants across the country. really nice piece of information thank you africa temebelea for the information.

  3. I love the article. It brings out well the real africa dishes that many visitors to Uganda would love to test. Most Ugandan local foods are organic and therefore, you take them at your own health advantage. I would also Ssebankyaye Restaurant in Wandegeya, the Baguma chains of restaurants and many more.


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