The most important tip I can give you on Burundi  local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Burundi, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.

What to Eat in

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Photo by US Army Africa

For the international traveller, Burundi offers some culinary surprises — fresh fish from Lake Tanganyika and produce from the nation’s rich volcanic soil are particularly notable.

There is a sizeable South Asian community, offering curried dishes alongside the more traditional rice and beans, and French-inspired European offerings. For lighter meals, samosas and skewered meats are common, and bananas and fresh fruit are often served as a sweet snack. The national dish is beef brochettes (kebabs) and grilled plantains (cooking bananas) available almost everywhere.

What to Drink in Burundi

Soft drinks and beer are readily available. As in Rwanda & DRC, big 72cL Primus bottles are available for between USD1-2 as well as Amstel, which is about USD2. Both are locally produced and of good quality

Other local foods, or drinks that you recommend? Please add and comment.