Le Café Gourmand is the biggest breathe of fresh air in the restaurant scene in Bujumbura. It was one of the most highly recommended places for us to visit once we landed in the city.
Café Gourmand is located on Avenue de France, which is in the city centre. It is open 7 days a week for eat-in or take-out. The service was pretty good compared to other restaurants in Bujumbura where it is not uncommon to wait for your main course for almost an hour.
The ramp leading up to the restaurant
The Café’s main entrance
Two things hit you once you walk in through the doors. The first is the refreshing AC which makes all the difference. Burundi is a hot country with an average annual temperature of 23 °C. The second thing that catches your attention is the delicious scent of freshly baked bread and pastries.
Le Café Gourmand is open everyday from 7:00am till 8:00pm except Sunday when it closes at 2:00pm for now. There are plans to stay open late depending on the demand (which is very high.) Every time we went there we found a line of people waiting to purchase some form of pastry. We constantly had to wait for a table which means the café’s expansion is inevitable.
We liked cruising up the stairs and enjoying our coffee/food on the rooftop.
The sandwiches are fresh, tasty, filling and highly addictive. I am back in Nairobi secretly craving the tuna and egg sandwich…
A unique quality they have which sometimes you do not get even in Nairobi is they allow you to customize your order. For example the same tuna sandwich above in a baguette can also be served in a panini set up below.
We also tried out the quiches and other paninis…
The fresh juices hit the spot every single time…
The dessert was delightful… I had some help from my adventurous companions when taking pictures of the cakes and tarts 🙂
The croissants deserve a mention too. Below are the Danish and plain croissants which we thoroughly enjoyed. The almond croissant was good too…
We were honoured when the MD of the Café took a few moments out of his hectic day to check up on us thanks to Jimmy and Cosmus the efficient restaurant managers who took such good care of us.