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Rwanda Shopping and nightlife

Shopping in Rwanda

Kigali is perhaps the best shopping destination within Rwanda, and here are few notable venues within Kigali:
• Caplaki Craft Village (tel: +250 786 540 678; www.facebook.com/kaplakiofficial) for an array of souvenirs and handicrafts, such as carved masks, baskets, musical instruments, paintings, batik, bags and scarves. The quality is good, but bargaining is essential.
• Rwanda Clothing Store (www.rwandaclothing.com) for locally-made threads.
• Kimironko Market, for everything from batik to banana.

Plastic bags are banned in Rwanda, so take a cloth bag with you when shopping, otherwise everything will be given to you in brown paper bags.

Shopping hours

Mon-Sat 0800-1800. Many shops close early on Saturdays.

Nightlife in Rwanda

Rwanda's biggest concentration of bars and clubs is in its capital, Kigali. There are several nightclubs on offer, playing African, Congolese and Western music.

Nightlife is quieter in other parts of the country, but there are a couple of popular bars in the Lake Kivu resort towns of Kibuye and Gisenyi.

Kigali is also home to a number of cinemas, such as long-running Century Cinema, which shows a selection of national and international films. Kigali Arena, a 10,000-seat stadium, also hosts evening basketball matches as well as concerts.