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Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams)

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main road, between University and town center, Butare, Rwanda
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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
Description: This ice cream parlour - Rwanda's first-ever - was created through a...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sorry, It's no go

I wanted to love this place. Rwanda is not good at ice cream and this place got crazy amazing reviews. Then their ice cream machine broke and they were out of ice cream for months. Finally, I went back with some visitors, ready for ice cream bliss. And it just wasn't. They only have 2... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
smartytee
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I wanted to love this place. Rwanda is not good at ice cream and this place got crazy amazing reviews. Then their ice cream machine broke and they were out of ice cream for months. Finally, I went back with some visitors, ready for ice cream bliss. And it just wasn't. They only have 2 flavors a day. When I... More 

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Kigali, Rwanda
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Alright, we weren't exactly being very adventurous, taking a simple cup of coffee, a pot of African tea and some home-made biscuits, when there is so much more - including the famous home-made ice cream - on offer.But what we got was fine, service was laboured but friendly enough, and the prices were reasonable. It's clearly head and shoulders above... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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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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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 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
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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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Kigali, Rwanda
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: main road, between University and town center, Butare, Rwanda
  • Location: Africa  >  Rwanda  >  Southern Province  >  Butare

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Dessert

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.
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

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