It is with a great sense of relief and hope I write to you. Fresh and affordable smoothies are now available in Kigali.
In Kigali you can find fruit and yogurt everywhere, so why are proper smoothies so hard to find? I know that’s a brash assertion, but if you’re like me, and you order your eats according to cost (not content), you naturally skim over any item that breaks the budget. What we people are missing, however, are all the blended fruit drinks, subconsciously compartmentalized in the untouchable category. It’s a shame, but I for one can’t justify buying a smoothie with a 400% markup on its contents. Pay Rwf 3,500+ for a smoothie at Bourbon? NEVER!
Finally, Kigali is delivered from the tragic smoothie story. Hero shop saves the day! – pun unavoidable.
Hero shop is a family owned and operated business, named after the owners’ son, Giovanni Ntwali “Hero” Eetgerink. The little guy had already made a big name for himself through revolutionizing the smoothie market (with some help from mom and dad, of course).
Hero shop serves up everything a smoothie should be; fresh, healthy, and affordable at 1,500 a drink. Ready-made blends are always in stock for pick-up, or hang out for a few minutes to order off the menu. Feel free to invent your own special prepared in front of you; creatively challenged folks find respite in that it’s harder to make a bad smoothie than a good one. Hero Shop won’t hand you anything less than delightful, so dare to dream!
Blends are made from any three: pineapple, mango, banana, passionfruit, tree tomato, avocado, watermelon, carrot, beetroot, strawberry, ginger, and more. On your lucky day you may happen upon the elusive yet coveted blackberry or raspberry. It is possible.
Can it get any better? YES. Fruits are blended with Masaka Farms yogurt, frozen coconut milk, or – get this – homemade almond milk – yes, homemade almond milk. UPGRADE TO ELIXIR STATUS.
It’s a tough call between the endless possibilities, but my favorite so far is banana, carrot, and beetroot with milk. It’s not too sweet and not too tart, and it keeps beet-hater-friends from stealing sips (suckers).
With smoothies as well as fresh fruits for sale, Hero Shop trumps any corner candy store, figuratively. Even if Rwanda had corner candy stores Hero Shop would still win.
Hero Shop is located in Kimihurura, down the road from Mamba Club. Pass Mr. Chips and take the immediate right. You can’t miss the sign.
Hero Shop is open from 7am-9pm daily. 1pm-9pm on Umuganda Saturdays.