Garden City is one of Kampala’s oldest malls. In fact, when I moved here almost six years ago, it was one of only two malls in the country. Practically flooded with people at the time, it’s quite a contrast from the scene today.
There are more quality food and drink establishments now, and yet, it is quite empty. It seems that terrorist threats as well as the opening of Nakumatt right next door has diluted the crowd.
My favourite new addition has to be the Element Cafe. Located right next to Aristoc, It’s a cute little chinese cafe centered around their rare, quality tea beverages.
Not only is there a wide range of tea options on the menu, but they also have a great selection of tea products on sale for home use.
The best thing about the menu is how it included additional information on the health benefits of each item.
As a blogger, I find quite a bit of my time is spent indoors, in front of a computer. I never really noticed before but this can have a dulling effect of the skin. I ordered a drink that is perfect to add moisture to the skin while cleansing it from the inside out.
This is the Honey Grapefruit Tea. You can enjoy it hot or cold, it’s a treat either way! Sweet while still bringing out the tart cirtus of the grapefruit. It was hot but I finished it so quickly. You want to savour it but one sip just begs for the next.
It might be in the middle of the mall, but it stands alone on a little island surrounded by lush plants and warm wood features. Their display case could be spruced up a little, perhaps painting it a dark brown to match the other furniture and a little more attention could be paid to the placement of the furniture.
As I’ve come to expect in Kampala, the service staff is slow and disinterested. I asked the waitress for her recommendation on what to order - as I always do - and she replies ‘I don’t know what you want to drink’. You might not have tried the menu, but I think any good waiter, waitress and mixologist should have a go to item on the menu they are knowledgeable about to recommend.
The experience was quite relaxing but it could have been a little bit more zen if the Bukkede TV blaring in the background was replaced with sounds of nature or some spa music.
If you’re looking for some specialty quality teas for your home, these guys have the best selection and variety I have seen yet at affordable prices. The packaging even includes additional information about brewing and health benefits.
Getting back in touch with the elements at Element Fresh, Garden City is a great Tea Tuesday treat.