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Eating out in Nairobi - Best Restaurants and Coffee Shops in Nairobi:

There is good selection of restaurants and cafes in Nairobi city for a memorable dining experience during your Kenya safari. Check out who make the grades in below list.



Nairobi has a good selection  of mid-range cafes and restaurants ideal for budget travellers.

Mesob restaurant:

Mesob is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant located on Ngong Road near the Chinese embassy. Ethiopian cuisine has made its name beyond Ethiopia and Mesob is one of the well known restaurants in this area dubbed the Chinese centre.  Meals cost around Ksh 500 and the food is excellent.  An alternative Ethiopian restaurant in the area is called the motherland restaurant on cross Road.

Java House:

Java House is more of a coffee shop than a restaurant. It is located in a few locations, including The Junction, ABC Place, and close to the United Nations Offices and, features a western coffee menu with excellent coffees and milkshakes, and excellent breakfast menu.

A meal will cost 500KSh-750 including a drink.


The trattoria restaurant is located at Wabera , Kaunda street in Nairobi town. It is open from 7.00am in the morning to 12.00am. Trattoria restaurant is a nice Italian restaurant  overlooking the city hall in the Nairobi Central Business District. It is surrounded by nice flowers and on most occasions one would see tourists and locals alike sitting enjoying their meals.  There is a fabulous and extensive dessert menu, including crepes, tiramisu, souffle, and a coffee granita with fresh cream

Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi is widely famous

Dessert meal @ 250KSh-500

Main meal @ 700ksh


Havana Restaurant & Bar:

Located on Woodvale Grove, Westlands.

Popular bar and restaurant with a laid-back Latin theme and it is reasonably priced.  Havana features a full-fledged restaurant menu with regularly changing specials as well as a casual Bar - Renowned for their sizzling Fajitas, steaks and seafood dishes. The Bar caters for any taste from crisp and fruity daiquiris to the classic mojito with fresh mint.   Kenyan beers and a wide range of quality spirits are available. At Havana the weekend starts on Thursdays with D.j Zelalem, followed by D.j Sumo on Friday and Live Music with 'smooth licks' on Saturday.


Village Market Food Court:

Several affordable restaurants are in the Village Market.  The Village Market is located in the Gigiri residential area which is about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Nairobi city center on Limuru Road. The complex is designed to resemble an open-air African market, including waterfalls, rivers, plants and gardens.

Apart from  several shops and fashion boutiques, it has an array of international cuisines and fine restaurants of all sorts including Thai, Italian, Chinese and German, as well as a Mongolian Barbeque. Venture further into Village Market to find a good Japanese restaurant as well, though with slightly steeper prices.  Due to the the significance of outh Asian community in Kenya, village Market and Nairobi city in general  offer several restaurants specializing in different European and Asian cuisine.

Common fast food restaurants include Steers, Debonairs, Wimpy, Galito's, local favourite, Kenchic  and many more.



Tamarind Restaurant:

Tamarind restaurant has a reputation of being the best international restaurant in Nairobi.

Tamarind is not cheap but  with so much to offer, excellent service by  are probably the most professional  waiters and you’re ever likely to meet in Kenya, the Tamarind restaurant is a must-visit when you go to Nairobi. Seafood is particularly recommended.


The Carnivore Restaurant:

This famous and luxury restaurant is located just outside the city, close to the Uhuru Gardens. Carnivore as the name suggests is mostly famous for its meats . Once seated  grilled meats will be carried around on sticks and carved to your plate at request  and the waiters will continue to supply fresh roasted game meat from ostrich, antelope, zebra, camel, crocodile and other specialties until you lower the flag on the table.  A juice called dawa (medicine in Swahili)– a mixture of Kenya Cane, honey and lemon juice is very delicious and is served to wash down the meat. The restaurant is so famous that it was listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world in 2006. At  KSh 1600 (€17/$20) per person it is also expensive by Kenyan standards.


Blancos Lounge Restaurant:

Blancos lounge offers both the traditional Swahili dishes and its own inventions based on old local staple food. This place is still firmly within the global fusion cuisine. The day the Michelin guide starts rating restaurants in Africa, this place will most likely be among the first! When trying out their version of mbuzi choma with irio, I couldn’t believe it when I got my irio as giant pommes noisettes on a bed of a sukuma wiki based salad (don’t even try to understand what I’m talking about if you’re not familiar with Kenyan food!). Needless to say, I recommend this place!


Chez l’Ami – Shinjuku;

This is a Japanese restaurant  located in Hurlingham.  Chez l’Ami is located in very nice garden. The service is quick and decent. For those whose sushi is their favourite dish, this is the place to go.  The menu is a combination of French and a Japanese and their sushi is fantastic.

 There is a list of best nightclubs in Nairobi Nightlife and more restaurants and coffee shops in the directory.