Places to Go Out in Nairobi

Where to shop

Valley Arcade has a couple of stalls that sell authentic African wear and jewelry. It also has a butchery, a dry cleaning store, a wines and spirits shop and a small supermarket.

The junction is just ten minutes away by foot. This is the biggest mall in the area with stores such as Carrefour , Woolworths, Kazuri(a shop that sells beautiful African beadwork), Kikoy, (a store where you can buy a local fabric known as kikoy and accessories made from it) Clarks, Healthy U, Levi’s and Sir Henry’s, Zucchini (for fresh vegetables) among a long list of fabulous stores.

The junction also hosts a musical Maasai Market every Thursday on its rooftop parking area, from 9 am to 7 pm. This is the perfect place for you to buy a souvenir that will remind of you Kenya. The Maasai market offers a wide array of products for sale such as African jewellery, sculptures, curios, paintings, fabrics, masks, mats, sisal baskets, beaded artefacts and batiks. You will be entertained by the colorful dance performances and live music as you shop.

Prestige Plaza is located just 10 minutes away by car. There are various food courts, Nakumatt Supermarket, Forex bureaus, banks, chemists, beauty shops, jewellery shops, movie theater and Aghakan Hospital.

The Greenhouse is a fantastic place to have lunch and do some shopping.

Yaya Center is located ten minutes by car from the apartment. It houses various amazing eateries and useful amenities. The Maasai Market is now being hosted indoors on Sundays on the third floor of the Yaya Centre, between 9am and 5pm


Casablanca is a hip Moroccan-style nightclub in a central position of Nairobi, easy to reach from all areas. It attracts travelers, expats and locals and because it’s not huge, it tends to have a very friendly and sociable atmosphere! Late nights/early mornings are practically guaranteed! The club is divided into 3 areas all based on a Bedouin/North African theme: The inner lounge area resembles a Bedouin tent, filled with brightly coloured cushioned seats, Shisha pipes and it has an international atmosphere. It’s a great place to relax, sprawl, socialise and people watch in this smoky atmospheric environment. The dance area and bar is small and intimate, a great place to let go of your inhibitions and dance to the funky mix of local Nairobi dance music and western beats. Outside, a courtyard provides a place to cool down or warm up! People huddle around open fire pits in the cool evening air.

  • Space Lounge
  • Ozone Lounge Valley arcade. You will fall in love with their pork chops.
  • Brew Bistro located along Ngong road, just a few minutes from the Junction. Their mojitos are to die for.
  • Wines of the World shop and bar at the junction


Where to Eat


Valley Arcade, Junction Mall, Nakumatt Prestige, The Greenhouse and Yaya Center Mall are just a few kilometers from the apartment. Here you will find various eateries such as: Places to eat;

Valley Arcade Shopping Center is just a ten minutes walk from the apartment. Here you will find various eateries such as:

1. Java coffee house

Telephone number: +254 718 273905 Operating hours: 7am-9pm Java is Nairobi Java House is home to Kenya’s finest fresh-roasted coffee and home-made food. Java lovingly roasts the finest Kenyan coffee beans every day, delivered fresh to each restaurant, to bring you the very best! Visit a Java House for the best cuisine, served up fresh and generous, in a friendly, family environment. Most popular dish: Java burger.

2. Monikos restaurant

Telephone number: +254 708 726610 Operating hours: 9.00am-11.00pm Monikos Kitchen is situated at the heart of the Valley Arcade shopping center offering guests a delightful menu and tranquility under the Nairobi sun. They run two concepts: a garden lunch cafe and dinner menu. Serving up an innovative, healthy menu, the restaurant offers the freshest sandwiches on baguettes, wraps and salads using ingredients sourced daily from local farmers. Monikos Kitchen positions itself as a healthy restaurant. The menu extends its offerings to include an array of pasta dishes and daily specials to ensure that our guests enjoy the food in season as well as the freshest “catch of the day”. Monikos Kitchen also offers a specialty Kenyan Coffee Brand -Ransley’s Coffee – as well as a choice of freshly baked pastries and desserts. For diners looking for a casual and intimate setting, Monikos Kitchen remains open into the late night serving continental bistro dishes with an innovative wine list and a full bar.

3. Galitos

Phone number: +254738235740 Operating hours: 9am-11.00pm The restaurants specialize in Portuguese-style, spiced chicken and serve staples such as Peri-Peri as well as American favorites like cheese burgers and wraps

4. Pizza Inn

Phone number: +254738235740 Take advantage of their pizza offers every Tuesday where you can buy two pizzas for the price of one. 5. Chicken Inn Phone number: +254738235740 Chicken inn offers amazing fried chicken with a side of fries and salads starting from as little as sh.300.

6. Sabrina’s

Phone number: +254722813484. If you are in the mood of some Ethiopian food, you are in luck for Sabrina’s is just around the corner. You can catch the latest sports games as you enjoy their well prepared dried pork, fish or chicken marinated in berbere and injera; among other great foods.

7. Fang Fang Chinese restaurant

Phone number: +254 736 425302 Fang Fang is a Chinese restaurant located in an easy to find position on James Gichuru Road in Nairobi. It serves excellent food in covered patio overlooking the garden. It’s basic in its decor but if you’re looking for somewhere that your children run around while you eat and drink, this is a good place to come. The garden is spacious with some outdoor tables with large umbrella shades. A children’s playhouse and toys are there too. Inside there are some private rooms for dining.

8. Double dragon restaurant

Phone number: +254 722 739 14 Double Dragon Restaurant is located on the fourth floor and at the Food Court of The Junction. It offers a really authentic taste of Chinese cuisine including Dim Sum, Peking duck and more. The spacious restaurant has five private dining rooms; each individually themed and equipped with presentation karaoke facilities. Open for lunch, dinner and late nights Double Dragon Restaurant has a Children’s Menu and also a full bar that serves among other drinks, cocktails and an extensive wine list. It sometimes has live bands, a DJ, dancing and karaoke. Double Dragon has free Wi-Fi, outside catering, conferencing, outdoor seating, takeaways and disabled access.

9. Art-caffe-Junction

Phone number: +254 20 232 77 99 Art-caffe Junction is the perfect meeting place for coffee or cocktails or a group lunch or dinner. It is a cozy setting with indoor and outdoor dining; European decor and Art-caffe’s trademark quality baked goods and delicious food. Art-caffe has four unique and vibrant café-restaurants and bakeries that are arguably the highlights of Nairobi’s ever-expanding dining scene. All the Art-caffe cafes have an outdoor dining area, a full cocktail bar, coffee bar and bakery. Art-caffe Junction is tucked away on the ground floor next to the Phoenician and in the same area of the Shopping Centre as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Mercury Bar.

10. The Phoenician Restaurant and Sushi bar

Phone number: 254 (0) 717 522374/ 0788263134 The Phoenician Restaurant is a fabulous Lebanese restaurant located in the busy Junction Shopping Centre. It serves classic Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes such as Tabboule, falaffel and Hoummous. The dishes are well presented with good service and the restaurant has a friendly and relaxing atmosphere for both lunch and dinner. The Phoenician also has a small but popular Sushi Bar with all the equipment and accessories imported specially from Japan! The Sushi Bar seats up to about 8 people, so it’s a cosy place to come and the food is said by many to be the best in Nairobi!

11. Pampa Churrascarria

Telephone number: +254202611539 Pampa is a haven for meat lovers and vegetarians alike; it encompasses an authentic Brazilian rotisserie steak house. The meats are grilled on spits above a charcoal keeping the characteristics taste of each cut and served in succession to each diner individually right at their table. Pampa house style is known as ‘Rodizio’ (eat as much as you like) and embraces a variety of different cuts of beef, chicken, goat, pork, lamb ,fish; exotic meats such as crocodile, camel, guinea fowl ,turkey and ostrich. In addition diners can choose from more than 16 different kinds of salads including, hot and cold vegetables, cold cuts at their leisure from salad bar. Kshs. 2150/- per person for a 4 course meal (inclusive of taxes).

12. Cedars Restaurant

Cuisine: Middle Eastern Telephone number: : +254 (0)2710399 +254 (0) 272620 Just 10 minutes away from the city centre, Cedars Restaurant is a Lebanese restaurant that prides itself on its Lebanese cuisine and the authentic Lebanese culture and charm offered to its guest See attached menu

13. Amaica restaurant

Cuisine: – African Address: Ralph Bunche Milimani Road, Kilimani Phone: +254 724 477 663 Amaica in Milimani offers authentic African cuisine presented beautifully in a lovely environment. They say that they are the only restaurant in Kenya where the menu includes indigenous foods such as wild traditional mushrooms, bambara nuts, groundnuts and white ants. They use African clay pots and they apply traditional methods of cooking to give you a truly Kenyan style of food. The preparation of some of these meals means sourcing for traditional food experts from the village. There are several branches of Amaica in Nairobi. The blend of a chic, modern African interior and authentic home cooked food has proved popular. It’s a unique style of dining and we’re sure you will enjoy the experience.

14. Carribea restaurant

Cuisine: – Indian Address: Komo lane (Off Wood Avenue), Kilimani Phone: +254 722 703311 Azalea-Caribea is a medium budget style restaurant located in Kilimani in Nairobi and offers Indian/Pakistani cuisines. It has gardens that give the added space enjoyed by both children and adults. It also offers a wide variety of cocktails. Azalea is open for lunch, dinner and late nights. Set in set on two acres, one of the main features are the spacious Koroga Bandas placed in the garden which makes for a novel and fun way to share a meal or drink with friends. The Caribea Bar & Restaurant has three menus : Main Menu, Koroga Menu & Beverage Menu. The Main Menu includes appetizers that offer vegetarian & non vegetarian starters, light meals, main course that offer vegetarian & non vegetarian courses, salads and desserts. Kebabs, chicken tikka, stuffed bhajias, samosas etc The Koroga Menu includes vegetarian& non vegetarian food which you can self cook! It offers fish and other sea food, grills, entrées and desserts.


  • Meat samosas @ 80
  • Pepper chicken wings @ 600
  • Fish bhajia @ 650
  • Vegetable seekh kebabs @ 600
  • Vegetable manchunan @ 650
  • Achari paneer tikka @ 650
  • Mains

  • Fish curry @ 950
  • Seekh kebab masala @ 850
  • Mutton kadai @ 850
  • Kadai paneer @ 750
  • Daal makhani @ 700
  • Sarson ka saag @ 700
  • Desserts

  • Tandoori fruits with ice cream @ 550
  • Assorted ice cream @ 450
  • Kheer @ 400
  • Gajjar halwa @ 450

15. iHub & Pete’s Coffee

Cuisine: Cafes Address: 4th floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Opposite Uchumi, Ngong Road,, Kilimani iHub is the a fantastic internet cafe, meeting place, and community, located just off the Ngong Road in Nairobi. It attracts travelers, locals and in particular, a plethora of internet savvy, freelance IT developers. iHub calls itself “Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community.” Whenever we’ve visited, the place is usually heaving with people; developing apps, networking, collaborating and working on exciting new projects relating to IT. If you want to know where the Silicon Valley of East Africa is, I would suggest you start here. Want to know why Kenya leads the world with Mobile Money technology? Look here! iHub has a thriving website and they also have notice boards (both online and physically at the iHub centre). Here people advertise work, events and IT related items. They also have forums for discussion and regular meetings where IT innovators, techies and just those interested in IT get together and discuss current issues in a friendly open way.

16. Saffron Restaurant

Cuisine: – Indian Address: Yaya Centre, Kilimani Phone: +254 705 868 405 +254 20 387 7236 Mobile: +254 20 218 0319 Saffron Restaurant is situated inside the Yaya Centre and serves Indian cuisine. Its found in the Food Loft on the second floor. It covers Indian cuisine from from north to south, mild to hot and spicy, meat and fish to vegetarian. You can choose to eat in or take out and if you’re looking for delicious Indian food, this is the place!

17. Java House-Adams Arcade

Cuisine: International Address: Adams Arcade Shopping Centre, Ngong Road, Kilimani, Nairobi 00505 Phone: +254 (0)20 6092 +254 (0)3873583 Located in one of Nairobi’s oldest shopping arcades, Java Adams is the original branch. There is indoor & outdoor seating, free wireless internet a large concrete sculpture which young children just love to climb on and in. There’s ample parking and this is a convenient place for people to rest before or after “Mitumba Shopping” where you will find bargains galore in the nearby second hand clothes market. (the “Toy” market (named after the nearby Toy School), sells literally heaps of clothes, some of which are beautifully washed, ironed and displayed on hangers, others are set out like a jumble sale with tables of clothes to rummage through. It’s just 5 minutes away from Java house and is probably the most ex-pat friendly market in Nairobi. Java is open 7am to 8pm daily. Java House, is probably Kenya’s most successful coffee houses, having 10 thriving restaurants/coffee houses spread throughout the city.

18. Seasons Restaurant- Heron Portico Hotel

Cuisine: Al Fresco Address: Milimani Road, Kilimani Phone: +254 020 272 0740 Fax: +254 020 272 1698 Seasons is situated inside The Heron Portico Hotel and it serves an African style buffet and International cuisine. The Season’s restaurant has a dining hall, an airy balcony and a sunny patio for al fresco dining. You can eat in this relaxed informal atmosphere, with international cuisine and an African twist. The Heron Portico Hotel is a medium sized, mid to top end hotel located about 10 minutes from the city centre. It’s just a short distance from Statehouse in Nairobi. It has conference facilities and has around 100 rooms, a swimming pool, spa, gift shop and a fitness centre. It caters mainly to business travellers and locals.

19. Misono Japanese Restaurant

Ground Floor, The Green House, Ngong Rd, Nairobi Cuisine: Japanese Misono is a Japanese restaurant which offers an authentic Japanese atmosphere, complete with spacious a la carte tables upstairs, large Teppanyaki grills with skilled chefs that cook exclusively to suit any taste and bar service downstairs.

20. Swahili Plate- Prestige Plaza

Cuisine: African Swahili Open from 9.00am to 9.00 pm Located in the food court at Prestige Plaza, The Swahili Plate brings the Coastal cusine to that side of Nairobi, for those willing to pay for it. The bhajias and biryani are to die for. See attached menu

Places of interest in Nairobi

Make a point of visiting the following places during your stay here:

1. Dame Sheldricks Elephant and Rhino Orphanage

This orphanage was put up by Dame Sheldrick, who has been raising elephant orphans since the 1950s. The orphanage is located inside the Nairobi national park. You can visit it every day from 11am for an hour. If you choose to adopt an orphan which will cost you $50, you can visit it every day at 5pm after the babies have been given a mud bath.

2. Nairobi National Park

Located just 7 km from the city center, this park is home to the black rhinos, cheetahs, lions, hyenas, buffaloes, zebras , hippos, elands, wild beast and more than 400 different species of birds. Entrance fee for non-Kenyan citizens is $40.

3. Nairobi National Museum

The Nairobi National Museum was founded in 1920, and established at its present location in 1929. It offers visitors the chance to learn about Kenya’s history, culture, paleontology and art.. Many of the fascinating anthropological discoveries by the Leakey family can be found in the Museum. The large collection of stuffed birds is also impressive. A botanical garden and two restaurants make it a nice place to visit for a few hours and escape the more crowded, traffic congested city center. The Nairobi National Museum is open from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm daily.

4. Karen Blixen Museum

The Karen Blixen Museum is housed in the very farmhouse where Danish author (Out of Africa) Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) lived from 1914 to 1931. The house is located at the foot of the Ngong Hills and was built in 1912, and bought by Karen and her husband Baron Bror von Blixen Fincke in 1917. The museum will delight fans of her books and of course the movie starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.. You can browse through the house which is actually quite small, see her bedroom and dining room filled with furniture she apparently owned at the time. A museum shop sells some “Out of Africa” souvenirs, as well as handicrafts. The gardens are still lovely and the view of the Ngong Hills is of course unchanged. Opening hours are: 9.30 am to 6 pm daily.

5. Giraffe Center

The Giraffe Center is a successful breeding center for the rare Rothschild Giraffe, found only in East Africa. The center was established in the 1970’s by Jock Leslie-Melville, who successfully raised a baby Rothschild giraffe at what was then his home, in the Langata area of Nairobi. The breeding program has been very successful and several successful giraffe couples are back in the wild. An education center to teach school children about conservation has also done important work to raise local awareness about conservation issues. The center is open daily for tours and visits from 9am – 5.30 pm. Visitors can also opt to spend the night at the Giraffe Manor and enjoy breakfast with giraffe looking in to the dining room

6. Carnivore restaurant

There are certainly better restaurants in Nairobi, but the Carnivore is just a fun, meaty tourist delight. As the web site says, the Carnivore offers a “Beast of a Feast” — this is not a good place for vegetarians (but there is small menu for you). The meat is pinned onto Maasai spears and braised over a huge charcoal pit in the center of the restaurant. The meat used to be exotic game, but now comes from four legged beasts that everyone recognizes, namely pork, lamb, beef with the occasional ostrich and crocodile thrown in. The food is accompanied with “dawa”, a staple Carnivore cocktail that will enhance your mood and make you brave enough to try some of the hottest accompanying sauces.. Adjoining the restaurant is Simba saloon which hosts live music several nights a week. The restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner. It’s located 4km outside of the city center.

7. Kazuri Bead factory

The Kazuri Bead factory and Pottery Center is a good stop for those interested in local crafts. The ceramic beads, pottery and leather goods are all handmade by disadvantaged women. “Kazuri” means “small and beautiful” in Swahili and was named by the founder when she started the company with just two Kenyan employees in 1975. The factory now employs more than 300 women, all working hard but with great joy. You can get a tour of the factory and watch the beads and pots get fired and glazed, it takes about an hour in total. In the weekends the factory/workshop may be closed, but the shop is still open, so you can purchase souvenirs. The Bead Factory is a popular stop en route to, or from, the Karen Blixen museum, and other sites in the Karen neighborhood. Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 6 pm, and Sundays from 9 am – 4 pm.