When I first came to Kinshasa, people where telling me that there was nothing to do. And well, again and again, I believe they were WRONG! Welcome to the European Film Festival in Kinshasa! Loads of European films to watch in Kinshasa: Viva Kinshasa!
I had lunch this weekend with my congolese family. I ate really well: chicken, fish, chikwangue, fufu, fried plantains and rice, not bad, eh? 😉 But then, surprisedly, for first time in my history of Kinshasa, Tantine Bibi had made a dessert!!! Please believe me when I say that it was one of the nicest desserts … More Yoghurt Tantine Bibi
I guess most of you have never payed attention to this custom. Apparently, it is a a tradition in Kinshasa for all “respected” women to wear two pagnes. I have already written some posts about where to buy pagnes, which type of pagne exist, who can do whatever you like with your pagnes, or who … More “Double pagne” congolese tradition in Kinshasa
JAMELIA Bar & Kitchen is the trendy spot for going out in Kinshasa, have a beer, a cocktail or a glass of wine… You will find the expats and Congolese “bobos” in this place with underground style. What surprised me the most about JAMELIA Bar in Kinshasa was to see how much they have done … More JAMELIA
THE place to go. The new Italian! Cosa Mia Pizzeria-Restaurante is the new Italian Restaurant of Kinshasa, (the competition of Le Limoncello)! People are very happy with this new place, not only because the food is very nice, but because the decoration and atmosphere has suddenly risen up the standards of the restaurants in Kinshasa. It … More A Casa Mia – Pizzeria Restaurante
If you are coming to RDC for sometime, you cannot miss this dish! Chicken with peanuts is a classic! you eat it with plain rice and banana plantain and it is delicious! Ingredients: oil (or any cooking oil) one chicken (for the gourmet version, four to six chicken breasts) cut into bite-sized or serving-sized pieces … More Chicken in Peanut-Tomato Sauce / Poulet sauce arachides
This post is just to inform all people who are planning to come to Kinshasa from other parts of the world, that most medicines, creams, mosquitoes sprays… can also be bought here! There are a few good pharmacies in Kinshasa. This one is the one near Utex Africa and La Patisserie Nouvelle. As you can … More Pharmacy in Kinshasa
For all those new arrivals in Kinshasa, please do not panic if you are coming with children, because, there are many good schools in Kinshasa! Jewels International School of Kinshasa (JISK) is a private school which was founded in 1972 due to the demand of families who wanted affordable, quality English education. The new school … More Jewels International Kindergarten & School of Kinshasa
There are a few taxi drivers known and trustworthy in Kinshasa. I am going to start by writing about Fredy. Fredy is has a grey old Toyota and drives on the right. He is serious, responsible and punctual. He charges 5$ ride (30 mins) and 10$ (1h). He picks up people and drives them to … More Monsieur Fredy, trustworthy taxi driver!
If you are a new arrival in Kinshasa and you want to do your first BBQ, then visit this place! The Butcher´s shop NGOMBE is a new place own by a Belgium where you can buy meat: sausages, chicken, beef, cow, brochettes, mince… They also have farm eggs and honey! I felt that the prices … More NGOMBE Butcher / Boucherie – Charcuterie (Where to buy meat)
Karate in Kinshasa and in the rest of the world, is a great sport for making children disciplined. The heat and the lack of places to run may make your child a bit nervous or on the contrary, a bit tired or slow. This is the reason why doing Karate is a great option for … More Karate
Most of you (and us), expats coming to Kinshasa, work for NGOs, huge International Organisations like UN, UNICEF, Safe the Children, Caritas, Red Cross or work for private companies with nice perspectives. Some of you coordinate projects for fighting desnutrition, poverty, schooling… You are experts in water and sanitation, humanitarian aid, war and conflicts, women´s … More This people earn 100$
There are many nursery / kinder-gardens in Kinshasa. However, not many of them are English-speaking. So, if you are anglophone or you want to your children to learn English from the very beginning, this is a fantastic choice. Busy Bees is an English-speaking nursery/ kinder-garden/ crèche for 2-5 year-old children located in the centre of … More Busy Bees – English Kinder-garden/ Crèche
As a good Spaniard, and as a good European woman, I MISS ZARA in Kinshasa! But it is ok… We have the pagnes, we have Maman Betty.. and anyways, life is expensive in Kinshasa to go shopping too! But, but… somehow, once in a while… if you feel nostalgic and need to buy some stuff, … More PRESTIGE – Retail shop with known brands
I went to the CMK the other day, and I asked for the list of medical specialists… and to my surprise, guess what??? THEY DID NOT HAVE ONE! So, I decided to do it, so that expats and new arrivals know better when they come to Kinshasa! DERMATOLOGIST: Dr. Mazebo Dr. Lubaki GYNECOLOGIST: Dr. Bila … More CMK Medical Specialists