Let’s face it; we all live on social media. We share, react, like and hashtag almost anything and EVERYTHING. The gram, like its devotees like to call it, is the ultimate visual haven as far as social media is concerned. It’s a place where one can go from regular Joe to uber creative with a click of a filter. We are constantly snapping and posting up on the go. Always on the lookout for the best location or views to share with our followers. I guess you could go as far as calling it a thrill seeking game of creating images that are worth a thousand words. One of the best parts about travel is the memories you get to collect and there has never been a greater way of documenting them than through the gram. We love our city. As quaint and business casual as it can get, it’s still one of the most vibrant and intriguing places in the country. Exploring Mbabane can be quite the adventure. From immersing yourself in down-town galleries to hitting hole in ones in suburban golf courses and even chugging down draughts in millennial loved pubs, the city is one helluva urban experience. Here’s a look at the top 5 Instagram worthy places in the city that are also quite deserving of your time too.
The market place is the city’s urban culture epicentre. This intersecting of souvenirs, thrift shopping stalls, crafts, fruit and veg cubicles and even traditional food is an experience to be had and thoroughly enjoyed. This is also the best place to observe and be a part of everyday Mbabane life. You can watch the men play drafts by the west end or shop through curious in the craft stalls.
Whether you’re an art head in need of some inspiration or a caffeine lover hungry for their new fix, Bahle will meet and exceed all of your expectations. Originally called Ndinglizi, Bahle gallery is a mash up of a jazz bar, café and gallery all in one. Its interiors are alluring, inviting and nothing short of eccentric. Sit and listen to the wind chimes or enjoy a rooibos latte over your favourite journal. Read a book or simply enjoy the atmosphere, but be sure to not leave the gallery without viewing their fascinating collection of art and antique pieces.
Forever the local’s favourite. There is absolutely no way you can visit Mbabane without making a quick pop by at one of the city’s most lively shisa nyama spots. If you truly want to experience kasi culture in a typical Eswatini Township while enjoying good food and great company, then this is the place. Snap a few photo’s while you here and tag us too.
The second largest monolith in the world so happens to be in our backyard; something we are unashamedly proud of. Sibebe Rock is the little league of Kilimanjaro but it still offers an adrenaline pumping, heart racing thrill. Hike all the way to the top and capture the view at the summit. Quite the rewarding experience too.
Located within the city’s country club is a chill spot like no other. The Albert Millin is a quaint restaurant and pub with a small lawn and contagious vibe. It is a favourite for families, varsity students and millenials after a long day at work. Swing by the Albert Millin for a beer, or take a chance on something delicious off their menu.
When Victor Gamedze, the brains behind Eswatini’s second mobile network provider, envisioned Madlenya House, we are pretty sure it was exactly as it stands today. A glass house amongst astute buildings. Madlenya house is the main office of Eswatini Mobile and offers spaces to let for other businesses too. It is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and rightfully so. It sits pretty on Dzeliwe Street and is an architectural marvel with a design that mirrors the city skyline and makes for the most gram-worthy images on any day.
There you have it. The best places to snap on the go while visiting our city. Should you ever make a stop at any of them, do capture the mountain and let us know. We enjoy helping you find places worth creating memories at.