If I have to be out of the house early, I take the opportunity to get a great coffee at one of Kampala’s many coffee houses. Uganda is coffee country and a lot of cafés have a locally-made house blend.
The blend at Prunes is, without a doubt, my favourite. It was made for people like me who tend to make cafés their offices, and has a great coffee menu and quiet corners in which to do some work.
Indulge in pork and kachumbari at one of the many pork joints, and when you are done getting accustomed to Uganda’s finest in street food, discover the many hip restaurants and cafés that combine great food with a good vibe. Yujo Izakaya has the best sushi and throws great parties.
Holy Crêpe serves gourmet crêpes over the best view in the city. Kampala has so many cuisines to choose from, and you can discover the entire world within this little African city through food.
Get out of the city. One perk of living in Kampala is that I can get into a car and drive an hour from a bustling shopping mall in the city centre to bungee jump over the longest river in the world, or drive a few more hours to spend time with silverback gorillas.
There aren’t too many cities in the world where you can do that. So, get out of town. I’m a huge adrenaline junkie. Adrift Uganda in Jinja is a great place to go a little crazy.
I love thrifting, and I’m also a huge fan of Ugandan clothing brands. I love to mix it up to create a personal style. Stop by Bold Africa at Acacia Mall and pick up some edgy pieces from their selection of amazing Ugandan and African designers, and then head downtown and thrift yourself silly.
The prices of clothes downtown are ridiculously cheap, and you will find the most amazing second-hand and upcycled items at the thrift market at Port Bell. The vendors are also not as aggressive as they are in the Central Business District so you can really take your time and find some great pieces.
Every first Friday and Saturday of the month, we all head to cool popup event Goat and Kachumbari, which has a great crowd at Yasigi’s Beer Gardens.
It’s a conversational party where you’re introduced to new, interesting people and brands over the best craft beer and some badass clay-oven pizzas. A Ka Dope also throws great First Friday parties. That’s where we get to dance. It’s all local music, and you’re dancing to live performances by a line-up of Uganda’s best.