A celebration of East African 
food & culture

Bringing the vibrant flavors of East Africa to Detroit, Baobab Fare is a restaurant founded by refugees from Burundi that embodies the spirit of “Detroit Ni Nyumbani” — Detroit is Home. 

In addition to the restaurant, our Waka food truck and catering service spreads East African street food throughout metro Detroit while our Soko market product line uplifts East African culture and creators through thoughtfully curated sauces, coffee & beverages, chocolate, jewelry, and apparel.

From Burundi to Detroit

Sun: 11am – 8pm
Mon: Closed
Tues – Sat: 11am – 9pm

Our journey & responsibility

“Detroit welcomed us as refugees. That is important because it became our home. A place that welcomed us with open arms and because of that we have the responsibility to encourage enrichment of the city, through immigration from international countries. We also share our stories and many others through our food, and through our community space. It’s where conversations and understanding intersect.”

– Hamissi Mamba, Co-Owner

Upcoming Events

We are so honored to be serving our East African chapati at Hamtramck’s Keyworth Stadium for the 2024 Detroit City Football Club season. Come cheer on the men’s and women’s team while you enjoy a taste of authentic street food straight from the heart of the African continent. 

Thru oct. 19

Baobab Fare and Waka offer exceptional catering services perfect for your holiday party or private event. Drop us a message with your event details, and we’ll make it a flavorful affair.


Baobab Fare & Waka

Products that are listed on Soko are available for wholesale purchase for small businesses and retailers. Send us a message if you have questions or to inquire about pricing and carrying our products.


Soko Market Retail

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East African Market

Soko is an East African Market that shares and uplifts East African culture. There’s a stigma to the perception of African culture, and our market will showcase artists and products through creative and beautiful designs that represent our people. We want to introduce our home to our culture. And because people are asking for more, Baobab Fare is making more East African products!

East African Street Food

Affordability and accessibility are found in street food. Baobab Fare is bringing delicious short limited menus of East African street food through Waka. Waka is a food truck, catering service, and togo spot that serves the flavors of Baobab Fare in an accessible way. Through a more curated menu larger groups will be able to enjoy a variety of changing dishes that are commonly served on the streets of East Africa, while highlighting the local fare found in and around Detroit.