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All 3 Butare Restaurants

Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams)

main road, between University and town center, Butare, Rwanda
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Butare
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Dessert
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Description: This ice cream parlour - Rwanda's first-ever - was created through a partnership between the owners of an American ice cream business - Blue Marble Ice Cream - a group of women in Butare. While it is a for-profit enterprise, it was developed as a women's economic empowerment initiative. The ice cream is made on-site with local milk, sugar and other ingredients. And it's delicious! A must-stop visit for all visitors to Butare! Visit www.bluemarbledreams.org to learn more.
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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We drank a milkshake and an ice coffee, both very nice. We also recommend the banana cake, which was delicious.

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Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I have so many happy memories from this wonderful coffee and icecream shop. The staff were beautifal, the coffee was amazing, the food perfect. I can't wait to visit it again - Marakoze Cyane.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We went to Inzozi Nziza after having seen a documentary about the female drum-group that started the business. The staff was very friendly, but the orders took some time to get to us. Even so it was a good experience for us.

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Butare, Rwanda
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

I'd walked past Inzozi Nziza several times before rainy season finally presented me with a day warm enough to sample to delights of its interior. And how delightful they were, indeed! I ordered a medium cinnamon ice-cream and was told that there was a deal on, so could have the ice-cream in a coffee for just 300 francs more! A... More 

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Kigali, Kigali, Rwanda
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed our ice cream here with three friends from the awesome Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel - Kigali. We didn't have time to stay for the food but am sure it would be great Will come back again and recommend to others!

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New York City, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This is believed to be the only soft serve ice cream stand in all of Rwanda. but like many technological advancements in Rwanda, the machine only works a couple days a week. In Rwanda you will get use to the phrase, "we sent someone to Kigali to get the part"

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Take a walk down the main street in this beautiful university town and finish off with some amazing ice cream that supports women who would otherwise be unemployed. Ice cream that tastes good and makes you feel good. Pizzas have also just been introduced onto the menu for 2000RWF.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

From Nairobi to Kigali, I went to Butare to visited a cousin, and we went out in inzozi, the beautiful girl with a very good smile served us a banana cakes...delicious. With a very good view to Arboretum Forest, its a lovely place to go an having fun with friends. Its a place to be for breakfast and fastfood in... More 

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Butare, Rwanda
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The ice cream at Inzozi Nziza is as good as any ice cream I've had in America. It's better than some places. I find it miraculous something so ice cold even exists in this country. I go there just to feel something that cold in my mouth. It does taste extremely delicious as well, and there is a good variety... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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100 reviews 100 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I frequented this place when in Butare for work a few months ago. Their fresh juice is a great way to start the day and the coffee which they grind fresh and brew for you is very nice. I am usually an espresso drinker but up until recently that has not been an option in Butare although a new place... More 

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Additional Information about Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams)

Address: main road, between University and town center, Butare, Rwanda
Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Southern Province  >  Butare
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Dessert

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