Nairobi is a city that has it all. When it comes to the food scene, you can have a relaxed meal in the open air with a side of latte art, a traditional Kenyan meal with a contemporary twist, or even fine Italian. Planning to stay up a little later? Choose from a variety of venues that host live music, DJs, and late-night dance parties. The following is an insider’s look into what’s hot in Nairobi.
Hip Nairobi: Blankets & Wine, Mamba Village
Blankets & Wine is a monthly picnic, party, and music festival that happens in venues across East Africa. As the name suggests, the vibe is casual; bring bottles of wine, and your children. For this month’s schedule, check out their website.
Artcafe at Westgate Mall, Mwanzi Road
Whether you are looking to eat a pastry with coffee and tea or a light dinner in an outdoor seating, head over to Art Caffe in the Westgate Mall. The menu, which includes pizza, pasta, and fish, is quite wide and is sure to please.
+ 254 20 712 0654 | www.westgate.co.ke
Mercury Lounge, ABC Place, Westlands
Once you have walked off and digested your fine dinner, head over to Mercury Lounge for a nightcap on a weekend night. Hailed by locals and expats alike, Mercury Lounge offers a variety of sophisticated cocktails in a minimalist setting. Groove to nostalgic tunes on Friday, a good mix of old and new hits on Saturdays, and chill out with “Smooth Sundays.”
+254 770 300 714 / 020 444 2854 | mercurylounge.co.ke
Simba Saloon, Langata Rd, Nairobi West
Located in the suburbs, Simba Saloon is a dynamic nightclub open Wednesday through Sunday nights. There’s a DJ almost every night, and live music most weekends. There are themed nights, too. Music includes contemporary African music, rock, soul, jazz, and Old Skool.
+ 07 022 204 647 | tamarind.co.ke/simba-saloon
Blancos Restaurant, Hurlingham
Blancos serves up modern African cuisine in a warm-toned, welcoming environment. A rich feast awaits you; the menu includes ox-tail soup, chicken liver salad, samosas, and skewered meats. If you can, reserve a table in the veranda section, which offers a great outdoors view.
+254 20 3864670 / +254 20 278335 | blancos.co.ke
Osteria del Cianti, Hurlingham
For fine Italian dining in Nairobi, look no further than Osteria del Cianti, located off Lenana Road. The pastas are hand-made, and the sauces nuanced. The ambiance is elegantly rustic.
+254 20 2723173 / + 254 20 2730322 | osteriagroup.net
Florida 2000, Moi Ave City Centre
If you’ve had a nice dinner and pregamed at a nice down-to-earth pub, and you want to continue your night on the town, with dancing and a lot more people, consider Florida 2000. This nightclub, which is not for the faint-hearted, guarantees a jammed party until the the wee hours. If you get hungry, there’s a late-night Chinese food menu. Monday is salsa-zouk-mamba night, Wednesday is dance/trance night, and Sunday is Rasta night.
+ 254 020 229 036 | www.floridaclubskenya.com/OurClubs/Florida2000.aspx