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Rwanda Shopping and nightlife

Shopping in Rwanda

The best place to buy souvenirs is the Caplaki craft co-operative in Kigali, where a number of craft traders have gotten together to build colourful wooden huts stocking a wide selection of handicrafts. Here you can find wood carvings including traditional masks; raffia work baskets, mobiles and jewellery; musical instruments; paintings; batik; bags, scarves and beading. It is all of good quality, but be prepared to bargain. ln town, the UTC building (Union Trade Centre) houses a good supermarket for buying coffees and teas to take home, and also stocks books, there are also a number of clothes shops and a gallery. Plastic bags are banned in Rwanda, so it is best to take a strong bag with you when shopping, particularly if buying bottles of beer, otherwise everything will be given to you in brown paper bags.

Shopping hours

Mon-Fri 0830-1300 and 1400-1730, Sat 0830-1230.

Nightlife in Rwanda

Most of the major hotels will have live entertainment in the form of traditional dancing and live music. The best local nightlife is found in Kigali, where the young professionals head to the top-floor bars of the MTN centre. There are now several nightclubs, with African, Congolese and Western music. The biggest nightclub in town is New Cadillac, which is open until dawn from Wednesday to Sunday. There are also some live music bars with food and dancing available. The French Cultural Centre runs a variety of activities.