A couple of months ago, we covered our favorite work-friendly cafés in Kigali for those wanting to spice up their working environment.
However, Kigali’s coffee industry is ever-growing, and new cafés pop up in some of the least-expected locations. You will be hard-pressed to walk more than a few blocks without passing a café, which if you hadn’t noticed the last time you went by, is probably because it didn’t exist. Thus, we deemed appropriate to follow up on our work-friendly cafés and help you discover new hang-out spots.
Here’s a primer on awesome coffee shops in Kigali, where you can work or play — either way, we won’t judge you!
From outside Pure Africa Coffee Bar looks like someone’s house, which put us from the very beginning in a cozy mood. However, what attracted us to this self-acclaimed coffee bar in Kimihurura is the name. Pure Africa makes us think of all the good things that the continent has to offer: high-spirited people, handcrafted decor, earthy flavors, and of course, aromatic cups of coffee. Indeed, you will find all of these and more in Pure Africa. Take your seat on the covered rooftop for uninterrupted cityscapes, and soak in the tranquil and contemplative vibes of Kigali.
Umut Café and Restaurant isn’t a new addition to Kigali’s coffee scene, but it never gets old because Turkish cuisine and coffee are all-time classics. The manager is always keen on meeting and greeting customers, and he will even dish up something special for enthusiastic customers. So, next time you are in downtown Kigali, and you need a break from your shopping adventures, need look no further than Umut.
The Women’s Bakery
You have probably heard about The Women’s Bakery organization in Remera, empowering women through baking. But did you know that the baking workshop is side by side with a homey indoors and outdoors café? If the smell of freshly-baked goods cheers you up and you compromise with nothing less but A-list coffee beans, you will love this sheltered spot. Bring your work along, catch up with friends, or find refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy quality me-time (they even have a mini library) in this thoroughly designed setting.
Lamane has established itself with state-of-the-art special occasion cakes. However, the passionate staff and wide variety of fresh bakeries and beverages have created a chain of loyal customers. We were surprised to find out that Lamane is actually a chain because when we visited the branch in Kicukiro, we identified all the good elements (e.g. personalised service, creative exterior, homelike aromas) of an independent coffee shop. Lamane’s lush garden is an excellent spot to enjoy traditional recipes and heart-warming drinks in Kigali.
Across Kigali’s landmarks — the Kigali Convention Center and Radisson Blu Hotel — on the second floor of the recently developed KBC commercial building, Camellia has set up its fourth home in the city. We love the fact that the café is overlooking the busy roads of Kigali, and its proximity to businesses, ministries, and agencies. Also, we appreciate the considerate Business Breakfast, which is served promptly, so you make it on time for all your scheduled meetings. However, if you are not in a rush, try their fluffy pancakes.
(Featured image: courtesy Lamane Bakery & Café)
Freelance writer, editor, and communications strategist for the non-profit, hospitality & travel sectors, Maria Iotova is driven by curiosity, emotional awareness, and an unfading sense of adventure. Since 2009 she has worked with international teams in England, Greece, Ghana, South Korea, Mauritius, and Rwanda.