Mt. Kigali looms over the rest of the city, providing a mountainous and hilly backdrop for residents. This beautiful mountain can be hiked, biked, or driven up, and the views from the top, on a good day, stretch on for miles.
As Rwanda works to establish itself as a bourgeoning economy and country worthy of foreign investment, the recently built Kigali Convention Centre sleekly shows off Kigali’s new prowess and promise for the future. Located in the Kacyiru neighborhood, people from all over the city and region flock to see this futuristic looking structure that symbolizes country-wide growth, and participate in the many conferences and meetings the centre hosts.
Kigali Convention Centre, KN 5, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 786 738 663
This bustling market, located in the Kimironko neighborhood, is one of the most dynamic spaces in Kigali. Locals from all over the city pour in to hawk their vegetables, fabric, and wares, or make their weekly purchases. Kinyarwanda, Swahili, English, and French can be heard throughout the winding pathways, and it’s hard to leave without purchasing swaths of colorful Kitenge fabric, ripe avocados as big as two fists, or the sweetest (and cheapest) of pineapples.
With the help, leadership, and assistance of Kurema Kureba Kwiga, an arts-oriented organization dedicated to spreading public and community art in Rwanda, beautiful murals have been popping up all over the city. Community members and students in Kigali’s Kimisagara neighborhood assisted in making murals on their own stores, homes, and buildings, so walk through the neighborhood and check them out.
This might sound strange (as in, who’s proud of a bus terminal?!), but Nyabugogo is a classic Kigali spot. Buses from all over Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, and Tanzania meet up here, making the terminal chaotic, diverse, absurd, and ultimately, amazing. You never know who you’ll meet at Nyabugogo!
Located right next to the Kigali Convention Centre and at the intersection of KN 5 Road and KG 7 Avenue, the wedding roundabout is a Kigali must. A physical roundabout, the garden and fountain at the center is where many local Rwandans go to take wedding photographs. It’s not uncommon to see several couples and wedding parties lining up and waiting their turn at the roundabout, and it’s undoubtedly a spot in the city beloved by all.
Wedding Roundabout, KN 5, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 786 738 663
Nyamirambo, one of Kigali’s most colorful neighborhoods, is known throughout the city as one of the loudest and interesting areas in town. The neighborhood is historically Muslim, and the plays host to the famous Gaddafi Mosque, as well as a series of fantastic restaurants (check out 10 to 2 Panorama and Green Corner for a classic big fish and brochette meal). Many locals around the city either live in Nyamirambo, or visit for a fun night out.
Green Corner, KN 20, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 788 752 721
Ten to Two Panorama, KN 22, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 788 831 878