The Urugo Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers delicious farm-to-table fare celebrating the flavors of Rwanda. Enjoy dining outside on our patio under a canvas awning, surrounded by beautiful gardens and overlooking the scenic valley.
Choose from traditional local dishes, soups and sandwiches created with vegetables fresh from our organic farm. Don’t miss our delicious brochettes and made-to-order pizzas, featuring hand-tossed dough and your choice of fresh toppings baked to perfection in our wood-fired oven.
Enjoy the best coffee in Rwanda, Question Coffee, served up by our professionally trained baristas at the Urugo Roadside Cafe. Our coffee is sourced from Sustainable Harvest® an importer of high quality specialty-grade coffees from over 15 countries around the world. As pioneer of the Relationship Coffee Model, Sustainable Harvest® promotes the direct trade model and creating a closer connection between farmers and consumers.
The Roadside Cafe also serves hand-pressed mango and pineapple juices, organic yoghurt produced on-site, freshly baked muffins, sandwiches and snacks, and packed lunches for your day of adventure. Relax with a drink and snack while you enjoy our super-fast complimentary Wi-Fi.
End of the Month BBQ!
The last Friday of every month, the Roadside Café hosts a BBQ for Peace Corp workers, expats and the local community. Enjoy delicious food, live music and discount prices on pizza and local dishes. This monthly happy hour is a community event and all proceeds benefit the training programs at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center. Taxi rides can be arranged at your expense to ensure you get home safely.
Meet Christopher Bigirimana, Head Chef
Christopher grew up in Kigali, where his father was a chef. “I spent much time with him in the kitchen,” Christopher says. His family went to Burundi during the Genocide against the Tutsi, where Christopher completed high school and trained in culinary arts. They returned after war, and Christopher began his career, honing his skills at a coffee shop, a hotel, a rooftop restaurant and the museum café at the Genocide Memorial before coming to the Urugo Restaurant. “The work here is interesting for me, because I must develop dishes that appeal to diverse nationalities and cultures.” Christopher also teaches cooking as part of the women’s vocational training program at the center. “I am teaching them how to prepare and cook delicious dishes from the locally grown vegetables.” The women train at the center for three months, and many are placed in jobs at the Marriott Hotel in Kigali. “When the guests are clearly enjoying their meal, when the kitchen is running smoothly and the staff are feeling positive, then I am happiest in my work.”
Meet Jane Dusingize, Server
Jane was completing her education with support from the Rwandan Genocide Survivors Assistance Fund (FARG) when she learned about hospitality training at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center. Now she enjoys providing guests in the Urugo Restaurant & Roadside Cafe with exceptional service. “They immediately show you their appreciation, and that makes me happy.” Working in a busy restaurant has inspired Jane to think about becoming a chef. “I am interested in how the kitchen works and how we can serve so many people at one time, while keeping the quality of dishes so good.” She hopes one day to open her own coffee shop in Kayonza Center.
Meet Mustafa Ndungutse, Cook
Mustafa grew up in Kayonza and still lives there with his wife and three children. He started his career cooking for the Kayonza Modern School, where he learned by closely watching other chefs. He still takes every opportunity to observe how his colleagues prepare dishes, so he can continue to improve his skills. “This is a small kitchen, so we all work together. If I am interested in trying a new dish or making a new sauce, I am able to do that.” Mustafa particularly enjoys cooking for large groups and gets tremendous satisfaction seeing guests of the Urugo Restaurant sitting together, eating, and laughing. He hopes one day to open his own lodge or a restaurant in Kigali.
Meet Louise Umurerwa, Server
Louise trained in hospitality at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center so she could to support her mother, her five brothers, and her young son. While many of her fellow graduates took hotel jobs in Kigali, Louise enjoys working at the Urugo Restaurant & Roadside Café. “The staff is small, which allows me to ask a lot of questions, so I can learn new things. If I have an idea to improve the guests’ experience, I can try it.” Louise currently refining her barista skills. Working in an entrepreneurial environment has inspired Louise. “I dream about opening a bakery someday. There is a big demand for bread here, and I would like to be my own boss.”
Supporting Women’s Economic Development
When you dine at the restaurant, café or bar at the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center, you’re supporting the social and economic development of local women and surrounding communities. Built and operated by Women for Women International (WfWI) with the generous funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and others, the Urugo Women’s Opportunity Center provides a safe environment and dedicated facilities where women can learn, build new skills, and operate businesses that directly contribute to social and economic development of local community.