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Food & Dining in Sudan


The hotel restaurants in Khartoum and Port Sudan serve international cuisine and there are a few Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants. If invited to a Sudanese home, more exotic food will usually be served.

Dining out choices are getting better and more varied at a sustained rate, especially in Khartoum. Choices include restaurants in the larger hotels, Chinese, Korean, Ethiopian and Indian restaurants as well as a few restaurants serving local cuisine such as chicken dishes and the tasty shawarma. The newly built Turkish Mall offers a good Turkish restaurant as well as a food court. Although one will not find the familiar fast food chains in Khartoum, there are several fast food-type restaurants frequented by expatriates, such as Italy Pizza and Tutti Frutti Ice Cream are among the favourites.

All restaurants have about 15% government tax and 3-14% service charge.

Note: Alcohol is banned in Sudan by the Islamic Sharia code.


Khartoum has a good sprinkling of restaurants, with new ones popping up every couple of months. Al Amarat hosts the majority of the better eateries, although Riyadh and Khartoum II also have some places. Omdurman and Bahri have a light sprinkling of simple restaurants.

Universal at Al Amarat Street 27, is Italian flavoured, offering pleasant al fresco dining, priced with the expatriate wallet in mind. Also on Al Amarat Street is Solitaire, which has decent international cuisine, air conditioned, wifi and low ceilings. Has a bit of a café feel to it, but the food is good.

Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant (Arkaweet Area, east of Afra Mall) has good atmosphere, good food and very affordable. The restaurant is on two floors, upstairs being more lively with Ethiopian pop on the plasma screen. A good choice if you are looking for somewhere with music playing and a bit of atmosphere.

Korean Restaurant (Africa Street, next to Hotel Africa) has good Korean food, including cook-your-own bulgolgi and other favourites.

Thai-Mex-Sizzlers Restaurant (Professor Abdalla Attayb Street, Riyadh) is probably the only Thai restaurant in Sudan. Set in a pleasant garden, with lots of big fans keeping things cool, this place adds a bit of variety to Khartoum's international cuisine. The vegetarian dishes tend to be tastiest, with the kitchen choosing to keep down costs by using poor quality meat. The 'fresh' fruit juices seem to be fresh from the bottle, and the menu is priced with international clientèle in mind. That said it is worth trying if you are looking for something different.

Assaha Restaurant is considered to be an excellent restaurant in any city, and a jewel in Khartoum. Good atmosphere with professional and knowledgeable wait staff. They have lots on the menu including luncheons, light meals and full dinners. The restaurant has a large selection of appetisers, mains and desserts.

Located in the centre of Khartoum, Papa Costa serves reasonably good food, from steak to pasta. Service is, however, mediocre.

Kandahar is one of the few places in Khartoum where you can find camel meat. Eating at Kandahar's Souk Libya is probably the most unique and authentic culinary experience in Khartoum. The format there is rather different – first, you choose the meat that you want cooked, usually a choice between camel meat and lamb, then hand over the meat you have chosen to be cooked and prepared as part of a meal.

There are several large restaurants along Africa Road, facing the runway that are popular with Sudanese and offer good local fare. On this road, Amwaj Restaurant is big, airy and spotless, and serves really good food. The restaurant is extremely popular with both locals and visitors. Menu offers shawarmas, kebabs, grilled chicken, lamb stews and others, all accompanied by bread, soup and salad. Delicious fruit juices and shakes too. A few doors away from Amwaj Restaurant is Royal Broast. This is another popular restaurant frequented by both locals and visitors.





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