Probably am not the best person to say what place stands out in Kampala and all but oh well, am going to share my opinion nonetheless. I have moved around Kampala and the city really does have some incredible hangout places only rivaled by Jinja town.
From night clubs that will start happening from 6pm and go all the way to 10am, to restaurants that serve different sorts of cuisines. Kampala is a fan packed city that if you are not careful can empty your pockets within a week’s time or even a day.
Kampala is just one of those cities that actually never sleeps, people who work in the “corporate world” will close business at 5pm get stuck in traffic jam and while in it, they will start to look for plot so that they can wait out the traffic jam.
Am not a corporate. However, in not more than one occasion, I have found myself in a position where the traffic has forced me to branch off and look for a hideout as I wait it out because Kampala jam is capable of making one develop anxiety issues.
So, in my many ventures I have found refuge in cinemas and hide outs with amazing waiters who will watch on as I sit by reading and responding to text messages simply because am not white. Apparently we Ugandans can’t afford some of the meals in these places. I wont name names but I know you have all had your experiences.
Because of those places, I have been able to make some savings that will see me have a decent lunch at work the next day. I see someone saying “See, they knew you couldn’t afford!” My response to you is simple, I can always afford that 5,000 UGX water of theirs.
In all these ventures, I found a home. A place where I can sit and even forget that I was going home and that place is none other than Kyadondo Rugby grounds. This is home to one of the most successful rugby clubs in the country, the Hima Cement Heathens.
If you have been to Kyadondo, then you know that the place is simply scintillating and great to be with friends when you don’t want the overly crowded places. Its also great for meetings before 6PM of course. The fact that there is so much space to make use of is even more amazing.
Here is why I love Kyadondo
1. The amazing eating options that are available to all:
You have chicken, goats meat, the amazing molokoni and of course the cue causing pork that always has people bargaining with their lips to contain the saliva that wants to drop.
When you enter Kyadondo, the first thing that welcomes you is the aroma that is coming from the pork roasting area. There is something that Michael and Daudi have done that will have people lining up all the way from the bar to get that stick of pork.
Personally, I prefer the ribs, those beautiful species have a way that they just have you forget about everything else. I mean, I will even forget that probably someone is in traffic screaming for their phone after kifeesi (thugs) snatched it right from their hands while they were seated in the taxi.
Ever wondered why you always missing the ribs? Well, its simple, you’re always late and thats that. 4PM has to find you at Kyadondo if you’re to have any chance of eating those ribs. Get to the area and talk to Michael and ask for the ribs and they will dry them for you just the way you like them.
If it’s your first time being there, then by all means go cue up, enjoy that smoke for a bit because that is an experience of it’s own believe me. It helps get your appetite in position for awesomeness. When you have gotten your ribs/pork sticks, there are always red buckets on some tables near the roasting areas, don’t bypass those buckets because that is chilly and it just has away it makes the pork taste yummy at any moment.
If you aren’t a big eater then I advise that you start with two sticks or just two ribs because that pork is well marinated and the pieces are just awesome. And the beauty about getting their on time is that you can always ask that your sticks or ribs are well barbecued by Micahel and Daudi so that you can eat them as dry as you like them or that you eat them juicy.
Not forgetting that the drinks are incredibly affordable, a friend once bought a quarter of Gilbz and was left dumbfounded by it’s cheapness. Beer goes for way lesser than you would find it at most bars around Kampala. It is even more common to find people drinking at Kyadondo till late then go to other hangout places to dance and link up with pals.
2. You can sit anywhere after acquiring your delicacy:
Just grab a beer or soda. As for me, my personal favorite is the coffee as it works magic. Don’t ask me how I can take coffee when I go to the bar. Sometimes I go as far as drinking water from 6pm to 5am.
So, when you step into Kampala, be sure to spare an evening and head out to Kyadondo so that you can have the best experience. Oh! I forgot to mention, if you’re a big fun of old school music then you will find the setting soothing to your taste.
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Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Associate at the Uganda Child Cancer Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!