This newly opened cafe in Kacyiru is suspiciously Bourbon-esque except a bit cheaper, with better food and without the atmosphere. They even have the same tables, chairs, cups and the menu is glaringly similar as well. Magda Cafe is tucked away at the back of what looks like an office building and, while it is a nice enough place, it doesn’t have the cozy-factor of some of Kigali’s other cafes. They’ve got a couple of couches which give a bit of cozy, but the lack of an outdoor sitting area is a big minus in a city with such great weather and views.
But what Magda lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in service, food and drinks. The menu is slightly more creative than Bourbon, though it shares lots of the same dishes which was a bit of a letdown. The chicken pesto sandwich looked very familiar but they managed to pull it off without the use of smelly sock cheese. The iced mocha was delicious because they went a bit overboard when I asked for some extra chocolate in it. The drink was almost black because of all of the chocolate they added in. For me, this was a great, great thing. I may have developed diabetes but it was so good. The guy sitting behind me seemed pretty impressed with their coffee.
I had gone to Magda to soak up some of their free wifi and was disappointed to find a working, but very crappy connection. I was supposedly connected to their network that appeared to be up and running, but after 5 minutes and no Yahoo email loaded, I gave up and reverted to my USB modem. It’s a pretty good working environment but a little dark so reading might be a struggle unless you park yourself by the big windows.
The staff were really attentive and friendly and I felt like I could have hung out there for awhile without any annoyance. It was pretty quiet while I was there, though. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to come back to Magda Cafe (unless I needed a super-chocolately iced mocha fix) but if I lived in Kacyiru, I could see myself coming here regularly, especially if they improve their wifi connection.