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Restaurant Options for Expats in Luanda Angola

Updated on April 23, 2013
The view at Cais do Quatro restaurant
The view at Cais do Quatro restaurant | Source

As an expat living in Luanda, I quickly realized that restaurant dining is one of the only things to do around for entertainment on weekday evenings. After a couple of weeks of living in a hotel in Luanda (read: no kitchen), my boyfriend and I quickly tried out all the expat hotspots, as well as ventured to some local spots.

Luanda is known for excellent fresh seafood, and for having lots of Portuguese restaurants, as well as some Chinese cuisine. Other types of word cuisines are quickly opening up around the city. Below is a lists of my favorite restaurants in Luanda.

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My choice of entrée - squid with potatoes in a lemony sauceThe menu of Cais do Quatro
My choice of entrée - squid with potatoes in a lemony sauce
My choice of entrée - squid with potatoes in a lemony sauce | Source
The menu of Cais do Quatro
The menu of Cais do Quatro | Source

Cais de Quatro

Cais de Quatro is probably the most popular restaurant in Luanda amongst expats and rightfully so. The restaurant offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Bay of Luanda, a nice and relaxed atmosphere and pretty good food. The menu of Cais de Quatro is rather pricey but expectantly so, offering all kinds of cuisine ranging from Portuguese, to sushi, pasta, and burgers.

Address: Avenida Mortala Mohamed (at the Casa do Desportista), lha de Luanda AKA Ilha do Cado, Luanda, Angola
Tel. #: +244-222-309-430 / +244-222-309-286

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Some of wide assortment of vegetarian dishes at Chez WouThe exterior of Chez Wou
Some of wide assortment of vegetarian dishes at Chez Wou
Some of wide assortment of vegetarian dishes at Chez Wou | Source
The exterior of Chez Wou
The exterior of Chez Wou | Source

Restaurante Chez Wou - Chinese Restaurant

Chez Wou restaurant is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Luanda. It has really beautiful décor and a very extensive menu even with vegetarian options. Chez Wou is the only restaurant I know of in Luanda to offer tofu and specialty dishes. The staff is also really nice.

Address: Av. Mortala Mohamed, Ilha do Cado (inside the Chez Wou Hotel), Luanda, Angola

Tel. #: +224-924-237-190 / +224-924-237-191

Vegetarian options at Al-Amir restaurant in Luanda
Vegetarian options at Al-Amir restaurant in Luanda | Source

Al-Amir - Lebanese Restaurant

I have to say, Al-Amir, a Lebanese restaurant is my and my boyfriend's favorite restaurant in Luanda. That is a pretty bold statement and the reason for that is because:

  1. The food is affordable. That is a rare statement in the most expensive city in the world. We eat an excellent dinner, including starters, entrees and drinks for about 60000 Kwanzas ($60). That's over half of what we pay at other restaurants.
  2. Consistent service. Consistence in service is something I realize I've always taken for granted but notice now that I'm living in Luanda. I find that in Luanda, each time you order any dish, it comes out very different each time. Not at Al-Amir, each time I go to there and order the same dish, it comes out with the same ingredients and prepared the same way and I've come to love Al-Amir for this.
  3. Excellent service. The staff is really nice at Al-Amir and the food comes out really quickly. The waitresses are always smiling and friendly, making it a pleasant experience to eat at Al-Amir.
  4. A mix of locals and expats. My boyfriend and I are amongst the many expats who dine at Al Amir but notably, the restaurant is also popular amongst locals.
  5. Delicious desserts. In addition to delicious entrees, the restaurant also specializes in desserts and ice-cream and even sells cake candles and cake decorations.

Al Amir is located in the Macalusso neighborhood.

Address: Rua Fernao de Sousa, 21/23, Luanda, Angola

Tel. # : +244-923-336-418 / +244-928-347-666

Caribe - Seafood Restaurant

Caribe is another restaurant really popular amongst expats. The place has a really great view of the beach and sea, and has excellent fresh seafood. Everyone comes here for lobster.

Address: Rua Mortala Mohamed, Ilha do Cado, Luanda, Angola

Tel. #: +244-222-309-493

Pizzaria Bella Napolis

Pizzaria Bella Napolis is a great pizzeria in Luanda. It's popular amongst both locals and expats.

Address: Rua Tipografia Mama Tita, #29, Luanda, Angola

Tel. #: +244-923-339-091

A picture I took at Andy's Broadway
A picture I took at Andy's Broadway | Source

Andy’s Broadway Bar and Restaurant - Indian Food

Andy's Broadway is a popular Indian restaurant amongst expats, although very expensive. In addition to Indian cuisine, the restaurant also has a Chinese food selection. The décor is very interesting and a bit over the top.

Address: Rua Albano Machado 88 (next to Andy’s boutique), Luanda, Angola

Tel. #: +244-222-394-962 / +244-222-391-589 / +244-926-384-652

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A markerCais do Quarto, Chez Wou and Carib are all located on Ilha de Luanda -
Ilha de Luanda, Luanda, Angola
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R. Joaquim Kapango, Luanda
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C markerAl-Amir -
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      Julie 18 months ago

      Hi there, possibly moving to Angola in the next 3 -4 months from Canada with my boyfriend and my dog. Any tips would be much appreciated.

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      Anna 2 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi Ryan,

      Sure, feel free to use my food pictures as long as you link back to my site. We don't eat dishes with eggs in them where it's the whole egg but we do eat dishes that combine eggs - i.e. dough. We do eat dairy so unless explicitly stated that it's vegan, dishes have dairy.

      I love your site btw and will definitely refer back to it!

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      Ryan 2 years ago

      Can I share your vegetarian food pictures on my website (VeganWanderlust.org)? I will give you full credit, of course!

      Also, does either dish have eggs or dairy in them?

      Hope to hear from you soon!

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      Gill Smulders 5 years ago

      Angola is starting to make a name for itself in the travel mags in South Africa. Looks like they are right - there is a lot on offer. All looks really interesting. Hope to get there some day. Thanks for then interesting info.

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, Eliza! I'm actually in Luanda, Angola now and this is a list of my favorite restaurants these days as an expat in a new country.

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      Lisa McKnight 5 years ago from London

      Great stuff and good to see you are out hubbing in Portugal. Voted up!