Kenya's #1 Mixologist, Samia, Trains Heaven Staff!

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“SAMIA”, Head Bartender of Artcaffe Kenya spent the week at Heaven, training our staff in the art of mixology! It was an honor and a thrill to have Kenya's #1 Mixologist with us, and a powerful female role model to boot! Samia recently competed in USA and was crowned Diageo WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year. 

Heaven Restaurant & Boutique Hotel

Did you know? Heaven is home to an onsite boutique hotel! We have 20 artistically decorated rooms, all with private ensuite bathrooms, coffee/tea in common areas & unlimited purified water, and free wifi. We've been open for two years and have hosted tourists, business travelers, and friends and colleagues of the expat community. Three Standard King Rooms are onsite adjacent to Heaven Restaurant and have been open for two years - INZOZI (Dream) Room has 1 King bed, sitting room and private bathroom; IZUBA (Sun) Room and IJURU (Sky) Rooms both have 1 King + 1 Twin bed and private bathrooms, comfortably accommodating 3 guests! Standard King Rooms rates are: $115 single, $130 double, and $145 triple occupancy. Our rates include a breakfast buffet every morning! Our newly renovated Heaven Boutique Hotel Villa (located just 2 doors down from Heaven Restaurant) has twelve rooms with ensuite bathrooms, outdoor terraces and TVs - 8 Queen Rooms and 4 Deluxe King Rooms. Queen Room rates are: $115 single, $130 double occupancy. Deluxe King Room rates are: $135 single, $150 double occupancy. Our cozy Guest House has 5 basic rooms: 4 basic Queens rooms are $70 single, $85 double occupancy, and one "Comfort Queen" room (with tiled floors) is $85 single, $100 double occupancy. NGOs and local companies enjoy a 15% discount on our standard rates! Our guests describe staying at Heaven as a home away from home! Easy online booking here.



Cultural Events @ Heaven

Creating cultural events for all to enjoy has always been part of Heaven's mission, but 2014 marks a year full of awe-inspiring performances and events that have been a treat for the local community and tourists alike! Thanks to Inema Arts for bringing art and traditional dance, Azizi Life for kids' craft experiences, our farmer friends (Rwanda Honey Project, Rwanda Now, Kigali Farms) for Farmer's Markets, and Mukumbi Sound for fantastic live music!

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inema arts gallery opens @ heaven

 May 2014 marks an incredible milestone not only for Inema artists, but for Rwanda. The Inema Arts Gallery has opened onsite at Heaven Restaurant and highlights the works of the Inema artists and celebrates the growth of art and creativity in Kigali. Inema will display and sell their artwork and will plan ongoing cultural events, live painting and exhibitions for the community to enjoy.


In a wonderful collaboration between Inema Arts and Heaven Restaurant, art will continue to reach wider audiences, both national and international. With the new onsite gallery, Inema will be able to showcase a wider variety of artists from Rwanda and around the world. And as always, we will connect the international market back to the artists, creators, and innovators of all ages at Inema Art Center.



Artisans Teach Kids Traditional Rwandan Crafts at Heaven

It's a sunny Saturday morning and the lovely ladies of Azizi Life- a local arts cooperative with a beauiful boutique just inside the gates of Heaven- have arrived with satchels of banana leaves in tow.  Today they're teaching kids how to make toys out of banana leaves!

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Young eyes watch attentively as the artisans' agile hands weave away, and then they get a chance to make their own banana leaf crafts: balls and jump ropes and necklaces..

We all had so much fun, we decided to make the Azizi craft-making a monthly event at Heaven.  (Check our our events page for more details on future craft events!)

 

 

Heaven Caters- our Biggest Event Ever!

The Global Leadership Summit is going down in Kigali and representatives from all over Africa are in town for the big event.  They need 800 take-away lunches... and we think we're up to the challenge.

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Our cooks are jamming late into night as they prepare massive batches of potato salad and shuffle trays and trays of cookies in and out of the oven...

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And our servers and security team arrive early in the a.m., ready to pull up their sleeves and get their packing on.  We've soon perfected an assembly line, laughing and dancing all the while.  

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Two sleepless nights later we've succeed in putting together 800 box lunches- thanks to our super staff a few good tunes on repeat!

Heaven Restaurant 4th of July Tasting Menu

To celebrate the 4th of July, our American chef Denise created a thoughtful, fun tasting menu.  

fried chicken, coleslaw & watermelon skewer
chopped salad with ranch dressing
chili corn custard cups topped with pico de gallo & creme fraiche
bleu cheese stuffed burger with onion rings & slaw
strawberry rhubarb granita
mango-passionfruit shortcake, topped with house-made vanilla whipped cream

mango-passionfruit shortcake, topped with housemade vanilla whipped cream