Shokola

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Shokola is currently closed as it is relocating. When we have more details, we’ll let you know.

Shokola is one of my favourite places to hang out in Kigali, and hang out there, I do. I think my record is six hours plonked on one of their couches downstairs using their wifi, napping, and occasionally ordering a new drink. It’s almost impossible not to fall asleep at some point in this place, especially after a big night out. The place is super chilled out and with all of the pillows strewn around the place, they’re practically asking for us to snooze.

The menu is a refreshing change from the usual cafe fare of hamburgers, samosas and salads. They offer up Middle Eastern and Moroccan-inspired dishes including hummus, chicken, beef or fish tagine, as well as plenty of dishes served with pita or couscous. Some of my favourites: the masala chicken salad (4,500), the grilled koukou baguette (3,500) and the hummous with pita (3,500). The grilled chicken breast in a pita (5,000) is huge and could do two people who weren’t super hungry. The frozen iced mango (3,000) is sometimes delicious and sometimes not depending, I think, on how ripe the mangoes are. The iced mint and lemon tea (1,700) is refreshing.

The fish buns used to be a steal at Rwf 2,000 but they’ve bumped the price up to 3,000 which makes the tasty snack a lot less tempting. In fact, many of their prices have risen recently, making this already pricey eatery just a little bit less affordable. They’ve even risen the price of the smoking one of their shisha pipes from 3,000 to 5,000 – a pretty hefty jump that definitely makes having a relaxing smoke a lot less appealing. If you start spending a lot of time here it’ll certainly put a dent in your wallet.

The staff here still have that uncanKoukou Baguette & Iced Mint and Lemon Teany Kigali ability to never be paying attention to you when you need them (despite often having small armies of staff at any given time just standing there, especially downstairs) but when you do get their attention, they’re super friendly. A couple of the guys who work upstairs and one of the girls downstairs in particular. They’re always smiling and genuinely friendly which is a great reprieve from the less than average customer service in many other Kigali cafes.

One of the major draws for this place and the reason I come so often (besides the great atmosphere, nice staff and tasty food) is the free wifi. It’s one of the more reliable connections in town (when the power is on, that is) and Shokola is a big enough place that you’ll ever get stared at or be asked to leave to make room for incoming customers like you would be at Bourbon.

I’m obviously a happy Shokola customer! What do you think? Leave a comment and rating below to share your opinions with the Kigali crowd
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About Kirsty

A Canadian who left in 2001 to wander around the world in search of sun, beautiful views and goat brochettes. Found Kigali in July 2010 and it seems like the perfect fit. I expect to be here until I get kicked out for defiantly walking on the grass while wearing flip flops.