By Babak Fakhamzadeh

My list for Nairobi

One more of my lists this time for Nairobi, Kenya. Things and places and stuff. Last updated: 5 December 2016.

<3 to A.R. who shared the Nairobi she loves with me and her memories of the place

My lists are always incomplete.

Food & coffee

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Capital Club East Africa: Upscale membership club with one of the best terraces I have ever seen. A must for meetings if you want to impress with the location. Great dessert and coffee. Not sure if you can’t get in without a membership so be friendly with people who are members.
4-7 Floor Imperial Court, Westlands Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

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Java Cafe: Lots of branches around Nairobi. The best coffee, try Iced Coffee. Good quality quick food (loved the Nashville chicken burger).
Branches all over Nairobi, including in shopping centres.

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Secret Garden Cafe: Hidden away. Great for coffee and lunch. Good place for meetings. Balcony rocks, smoking permitted.
14 Riverside Office Park, Ground Floor, 14 Riverside Dr, Nairobi City, Kenya

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Abyssinia Exotic Ethiopian restaurant: Tried by first injera here and it rocked. Surroundings not great but food amazing. Bring your own wine.
Muguga Green, off, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi, Kenya

SOI: Thai restaurant and very romantic, in the DusitD2 grounds. Ask for a table outside. I believe it would be great for a lunch meeting too.
dusitD2 nairobi, 14 Riverside, off Riverside Drive, Nairobi, Kenya

Stuff

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Kenya National Museum, Nairobi: I wouldn’t say I was impressed but if you have some spare time it’s worth it. I’m not into palaeontology but they do have an impressive skull collection. I found the exhibits on the history of Kenya far more interesting, particularly the bits about the political and armed struggle for independence.
Kipande Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

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Karen Blixen Museum: Totally and absolutely worth it if you’ve read the book or seen the film. Amazing insight into colonial times – I was totally taken aback by the space and lifestyle – especially when one thinks about the reality of the locals at those times.
Karen Road,Langata,Nairobi 00100, Kenya

kibera

Kibera: According to Wikipedia: Kibera (Nubian: Forest or Jungle[1]) … is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa. I was invited by some contacts and visited some of the Shofco projects in the area. There are tours that you can do and I recommend you look for one that is respectful (as much as such a tour can be). I re-evaluated a number of things after my visit.

Transport

  • Uber works well – expect to call the driver to explain where you are.
  • A lot of people seem to use dedicated private drivers – get a recommendation from a local.
  • Matatus if you are feeling adventurous – didn’t try them.

 

Heading photo: Nairobi skyline by Babak Fakhamzadeh – Creative Commons on flickr

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Disclosure: This is my *personal* list of stuff in Nairobi. No deals with any of the places mentioned. 

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