Just follow the 2 stone lions in front and you will discover the Simba Supermarket. Simba is actually a hyper-market with just about everything including an ATM that sometime works. They offer everything from a fresh bakery, butchery, cheeses, produce, housewares, wine/spirits, cleaners, sweets, sauces and tinned food. They also have a large electrical/appliance area, some furniture and a few clothes. They also have a café for a meal or take-away pizza and a cold drink. The staff are friendly and you can find just about anything you could possibly need during your stay in Kigali. In fact their shelves reach almost to the ceiling and are always full. In addition to local products they have lots of imported brands, foods and of course wines.
This is a great option for budget travellers and it is located across the road from the Nakumatt Supermarket and 2 blocks away from the Centre du Frais Alimentation Generale (another supermarket).
They do have toilets, but you have to pay of course.
Nakumatt is the only 24-hour grocery store in Rwanda. Part of a large Kenya based chain, it offers just about everything. It’s actually a department store offering everything from stationery, appliances, electronics, bedding, camping equipment and household plastics. Did I mention it sells food? Oh, yes it does.
They have a German Butchery. Let’s start there. Cooked and raw German delights for any carnivore. Next to it is the fresh bakery. On the other side is the wine co-located with the cheese & dairy products. Too right. Aisles of spices, mixes, tinned items, snacks, cakes, vegetables, fruit and pasta. They do offer some expensive Kenyan cheeses alongside cheaper (but still great quality) Rwandan produce. There is another grocery store just 75 meters away with almost the same range, but it’s not 24 hours.
So if you have late-night cravings for food or some more cold beer – get down to Nakumatt!
What to buy:
* Cooked/spiced/sliced meats
* Camping supplies
* Beer and water
* Wine & spirits
* TV's and appliances (if you are going to be here for a while)
* Hand washing powders for your clothes
* Mr. Bucket (plastic friend for washing your clothes)
* Cooking spices and mixes
* Fresh produce
A small art market right in the city centre offers the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and handicraft produced locally. Word of caution though prices are inflated and you should negotiate!