Where to eat: Windhoek Restaurants


Whether you’re a local on the hunt for a good meal, a business traveller away from home or a safari tourist en route to your next Namibian adventure, you’re sure to find some of the best meals in town in these Windhoek restaurants and cafes.

 

Breakfast in Windhoek

   

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Wecke & Voights

Gustav Voigts Centre, Independence Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 377 000

Smack bang in the center of town, on the bustling Independence Avenue, lies a piece of German history. Wecke & Voigts has been in operation in Namibia since 1892, and is still going strong. Grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a just-made Brötchen (bread roll) or a sweet tooth pastry for a scrumptious morning munch. Don’t forget to try their famous German ‘Rohhack’ Brötchen… And when you’re done with breakfast, you can take a gander through the specialty Wecke & Voigts department store.

 

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Utopia

64 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 402 007/6

The Utopia Boutique and Medispa lies in the tranquil suburb of Klein Windhoek. The Fresh and Wild restaurant makes a great spot for informal meetings or lazy morning coffees. The food is made using only the freshest and healthiest ingredients. For an even fresher start to the day, try out the celery, apple, cucumber and spirulina detox juice.

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Fresh & Wild Village

The Village, Cnr Liliencron Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 24 0346

Fresh & Wild is an oasis of fresh food in a lush garden in Windhoek. There is also free wifi for those of you who are looking for a morning sanctuary to get some work out the way before hitting the day. 

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The Joy of Food

Unit 9, The Village, Lilencron Street, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 301159

If you’re looking for a good kick-start to your morning, then head to the Joy of Food for a cup of locally brewed Slow Town coffee. The team takes just as much pride in their cuisine as they do in their coffee, so be sure to taste some of their gastronomical delights while you’re sitting in the cool morning shade of the leafy camel thorn trees.

 

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Vintage Cafe 

Cnr Luther Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

If you’ve got kids, this is where you want to head. Most of the restaurant is set in a shaded area outside. There’s a jungle gym, swings and playroom to keep the little ones happy. And plenty of good food and drinks to keep the parents happy…

 
 

Lunch in Windhoek

   

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Cafe Schneider

Levinson Arcade, Independence Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia

Café Schneider always seems to be busy around lunch hour, with locals in search for a quick bite to eat as it’s conveniently situated in the middle of town. If you’re after the German food flavor for lunch, or just an easy place to have a lunch meeting, this is where its at.

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Yaeli's Bistro Health Bar

Maerua Mall, Corner of Jan Jonker and Centaurus Road, Windhoek, Namibia,  +264 81 748 5293 

Get a health blast on the go from this one-of-a-kind Israeli bistro. Freshly baked goods, amazing falafels and taste-bud tingling juices are the order of the day. Don’t forget the coffee! And sneak in a brownie if you can. The food taste so good you’ll still feel guilty… In which case you can just pop back into the gym opposite.

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Cemetery Chicken or Kapana in Katutura

It might sound ominous, but its mighty tasty. And don’t worry, “cemetery chicken” gets its name from the location and not the ingredients! If you’re driving down Hochland road pick up some freshly grilled chicken from the side of the street on the corner of Goshawk street. It’s a favourite take away spot for the locals who are zooting around town. And if you like street side BBQs then definitely try Kapana (frilled beef) from one of the many street food stalls in Katutura.

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NICE Restaurant & Bar

2 Mozart Street, Cnr. Hosea Kutako Drive, Windhoek, Namibia
+264 61 300 710 

NICE is the Namibian Institute of Culinary Education – a chef finishing school to give up and coming talent an opportunity to hone their skills in the culinary industry. 

 
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Xwama

 

Independence Ave, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 210270 

If you’re looking for a traditional Oshiwabo meal, then this is the place to head. When you’re done eating ombidiomagunguoshifima andmatangara, you can browse the crafts of the cultural village. Nestled in the heart of Katutura, you’ll get a taste of the indigenous cultures too.

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Fishmonger’s

14 Adler Street, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 304583 

If sushi and fresh fish are the  order of the day, head down to Fishmonger’s to satisfy your fishy cravings. Try some grilled Norwegian salmon, sizzling prawns or just grab some take away sushi for a night in. 

 
 

Dinner in Windhoek

   

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The Olive Exclusive Boutique Hotel

 

22 Promenaden Street, Klein Windhoek, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 23 9199

Not only is The Olive Exclusive a luxury, boutique hotel in a tranquil corner of Windhoek, but it boasts a quality restaurant featuring a seasonal menu, with inventive signature dishes. Not to mention a classic selection of fine whisky at the bar. Another reason why it was voted as one of the “Best new hotels in the world” by Travel & Leisure magazine.

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Garnish Restaurant

 

Trift Towers, Trift Street, Windhoek, Namibia,  +264 61 25 8119

Windhoek’s Garnish Restaurant offers the spices and flavours you’d expect from a great Indian kitchen. And with some tasty non-meat dishes, it’s sure to be a hit with the vegetarians. It’s a favourite take-away joint for the locals, but there’s plenty of room if you decide to sit in.
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Daisho Sushi & Wine Bar 

 

Hebenstreit Ludwigsdof, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 81 431 8434 

Head to the new sushi bar in town, Daisho, for good Japanese Cuisine. Be sure to try the sushi, sashimi and tempura. If you’d rather enjoy the food in the comfort of your own home or hotel room, then give them a shout – they offer take aways and even a delivery service.

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The Stellenbosch Wine Bar & Bistro

 

Bougain Villas, 78 Sam Nujoma Drive, Windhoek East, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 309141 

Set in a mini villa space, with beautiful trees and open air tables, Stellenbosch boasts a handpicked selection of private cellar wines from Southern Africa. The restaurant is perhaps as famous for its wine as it is for its delectable steaks – some of Namibia’s finest beef. And if you’re in the mood for some pizza, just head to the sister restaurant next door, “The Tasting Room”.

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Hotel Heinitzburg

22 Heinitzburg Street, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 24 9597 

Count von Schwerin commissioned castle Heinitzburg for his fiance, Margarethe von Heinitz in 1914. The castle has been beautifully preserved, and has a top notch restaurant with beautiful views of the city to boot. Choose to indulge yourself at the Garden Terrace, the Wine Cellar, the Knights Room or the gourmet restaurant Leo’s at the Castle. Let’s face it, it’s not everyday you get to dine in a castle in the middle of Africa.

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Zanzi

5530, Claudius Kandovazu Street, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 81 250 1462

In a modified home hidden in Katutura township you’ll find the traditional restaurant, Zanzi. It’s a great way to sample the local food, or just soak up the local atmosphere with a wide range of drinks available at the bar. Zanzi manages to be both cosy and fresh; a great place to hang out with some mates.

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Joe’s Beerhouse

160 Nelson Mandela Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia, +264 61 232 457

Joe’s Beerhouse is an institution. Even if you’re just passing through, you have to have at least one meal there, or at least an ice cold draught of Namibian beer. The many nooks and crannies are safe havens for countless old relics and memorabilia Joe Gross collected over the years on his travels, and some that were to Joe’s by friends and guests. Be sure to have a look around carefully, and ask about them – just about every item has a story. Locals will be happy to hear that they’ve also recently revamped their menu!

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