When you’re travelling one of the highlights of your trip is often sampling the local cuisine, and a fantastic way to learn more about a country’s culture is through experiencing its food. We all know how overwhelming it sometimes can be to choose the perfect restaurant for you, your friends and family, especially in an area you may not be familiar with. We’ve created a list of our Top 10 Restaurants in Victoria Falls. We promise this list will make your mouth water. Keep on reading!
1. The Palm at Ilala:
The Palm can be found at the Ilala Lodge Hotel, but you don’t have to be a guest to dine in this fine restaurant that offers a delightful breakfast, lunch, and dinner á la carte menu.
One of the highlights is the beautiful outdoor setting with the roar of the falls in the distance. It’s great for celebrating a special occasion with your loved ones and you can enjoy a big variety of wild game dishes (Ostrich, warthog, kudu, crocodile, impala, and blesbok.) Don’t miss out on the famous desserts from the pastry chef.
2. The 3 Monkeys:
The 3 Monkeys Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is located in the heart of Vic Falls. It’s one of the newest restaurants on the scene, established in 2016. Chef and General Manager Greg Paymans holds a diploma in Culinary Arts and was trained by the renowned South African chefs Bertus Basson & Rueben Riffel. Their ambition is to provide quality and taste as well as the best of local cuisine, together with a wide variety of beverage options and customer service of the highest quality. It’s a place mixed with locals, backpackers, and hotel residents. It’s a fun place to exchange your travel experiences and enjoy an amazing vibe.
3. Shearwater Café
This idyllic Café is located along Victoria Fall’s main strip. It has a somewhat different interior design than what you would expect from a café in Zimbabwe with its European-style atmosphere but the murals of African scenery on the walls remind you where you are. It is quite the hot spot when it comes to a well-deserved coffee break and a small snack attack. It is also a great spot for a fun dinner with friends with a big variety of grilled Mozambique tiger prawn dishes, Zimbabwean steaks, sandwiches and an amazing pizza and burger selection. The staff will make you feel welcome throughout your visit.
4. The Lookout Cafe
Here the views are simply breath-taking. Located 120 meters above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, the semi open-air café offers undoubtedly the best view in Victoria Falls. But not only will the view take your breath away. So will the food! They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as dining experiences. From eggy breakfasts to Crocodile Kebabs or delicious local steaks, the variety is big, and you’ll definitely find something suitable for you.
5. The Rainforest Café
The Rainforest Café is part of the Shearwater Restaurants group. As the name suggests, this beautiful cosy spot is situated in the heart of the Victoria Falls Rainforest. Enjoy a wide variety of treats from their delicious menu which includes breakfast, homemade salads, and wraps, as well as Zimbabwean Steaks and burgers. Or just sip on a refreshing cool drink before you continue your adventures at the Falls. Great news for all the coffee lovers out there, they are famous for their signature cappuccino along with freshly baked cakes. Your background music whilst enjoying your meal will be the roar of the Falls!
6. Livingstone Room at Victoria Falls Hotel
The Livingstone Room is situated in the famous five -star Victoria Falls Hotel and was rated among the world’s most distinguished restaurants. The Victoria Falls Hotel is part of the Leading Hotels of the World. The Restaurant is only open for dinner, featuring a la carte and table d’hôte menus and. Not only does it provide a fine dining experience but also an after – dinner dancing experience with live music. This is truly an amazing experience and perfect for special occasions or any fine dining lovers.
7. Makuwa Kuwa
At Makuwa Kuwa you can have the unique experience of observing wild game lurking at the waterhole while you enjoy a delicious meal comfortably seated at a table. The award-winning restaurant is widely known for its breath-taking views and popular dishes such as flame-grilled warthog, seared kudu, crocodile stir-fry and much more. The lunch menu offers lighter options such as salads, wraps, and sushi platters. If you are an early bird, try their wonderful breakfast menu. The view is really spectacular.
8. Africa Café
This café is the perfect spot to meet locals as well as travellers from all over the world. Situated in the market of Victoria Falls, you’ll spot it easily as it has amazing funky African inspired décor. It’s the perfect spot after a long shopping trip through the markets. A wide variety of organic, healthy delicious options is on offer. Great coffee and the slush crushers (apple, lychee, lemon sorbet & passion fruit) are very refreshing. Highly recommended is the famous Ren’s Breakfast with rye bread, avocado, rocket and poached eggs! Worth a visit while you are in Vic Falls!
9. Jungle Junction Restaurant
The Jungle Junction Restaurant is Victoria Falls Hotel’s second restaurant. It is set in the cosy corners of the hotel gardens. Breakfast and dinner is served daily and what makes this location so special is its incredible view across to the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray of the Falls. On the buffet you will find a wide variety of freshly prepared meals. Dinner is accompanied by traditional African music.
10. Zambezi House
This eatery is Victoria Falls newest addition – it is situated along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It was built from scratch out of containers and the interior was designed by Amatuli’s business partners. They tried to combine rustic antiques, age-old African crafts, but also sleek modern furnishings. They bring together the beauty of the African continent. As soon as you walk in, it feels very homely and relaxed. The friendly staff will take great care of all your needs. The menu has a wide variety of pizzas burgers, salads and even offers delicious vegan options.