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7 KN 29 St, Kigali, Rwanda

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The passion project of Alissa and Josh Ruxin, Heaven is arguably one of the most famous restaurants in Africa—thanks in part to the engaging memoir chronicling its establishment, A Thousand Hills to Heaven. The Ruxins moved to Rwanda when Josh began working on an innovative anti-poverty project in the early 2000s. Having moved from New York, he and his wife missed the fine dining and camaraderie of their old neighborhood restaurants and wanted to provide new job opportunities for Rwandans so embarked on establishing Kigali’s first gourmet restaurant. Today, the enterprise is not only a gathering place for expats, locals and tourists who come for the delicious Asian-influenced menu but it has expanded to include an inn, spa and soon-to-open five-star Retreat property.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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