Nairobi RECOMMENDATIONS See all

Food Lover's Guide to Nairobi

By Viator, May 2018

4 8 Reviews | Add your review

Like most urban African centers, Nairobi caters to Western travelers with continental fare and European cuisine, but the best food on offer is traditional, cheap, and, of course, delicious. Here are some of our favorite must-try dishes and experiences in the Kenyan capital.

Must-Try Dishes
Local peppers, onions, and tomatoes make up the base for most sauces and many dishes, including the spicy salad kachumbari. Indian flavors permeate many traditional Kenyan dishes, including hot cups of early morning masala tea. Sit-down spots offer hearty meat stews poured over steaming plates of ugali, a stiff porridge made of maize and boiled water.

Street food is easy to find in Nairobi, and while travelers are frequently warned about the risks of eating items sold informally, some of the best eating happens right next to the road. Roasted chicken and fried fish are skewered for easy consumption on the go. Fried nsenene, or bush crickets, make for a quick and crispy snack. Vegetarians should seek out githeri, a hearty dish made from beans and corn, while less adventurous eaters may want to start with small fried donuts called mandazi, which are a popular treat for local children.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Head into the countryside to tour the country’s oldest tea plantation.
  • Sit down for a traditional Kenyan lunch during a walking tour of the city.
  • Feast on exotic meats—camel, ostrich, and crocodile—roasted on a Maasai sword over a charcoal pit at Nairobi’s famous Carnivore restaurant.
  • Enjoy the ultimate night out with a dinner and Safari Cats Dancers show at the Safari Park Hotel.
  • Sample African beer at a local bar and savor the flavors of East Africa during a night tour of Nairobi.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Private Day Trip to Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru from Nairobi, Nairobi, null
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Private Day Trip to Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru from Nairobi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Just a short drive from the heart of Nairobi, this 6 hour private tour takes you to Kiambethu Farm at Limuru, which provides a tranquil insight into life on a ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
SAFARI CAT DANCERS SHOW AND DINNER, Nairobi, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

SAFARI CAT DANCERS SHOW AND DINNER

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The dancing and dinning under an African Makuti is everyone dearest dream. The African dancers will showcase dance moves that will keep one glued to the stage. ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.00
Nairobi Nightlife & Safari Park Hotel Dinner Experience, Nairobi, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Nairobi Nightlife & Safari Park Hotel Dinner Experience

Experience Rare, wild, exotic, captivating, hybrid dance, Nairobi’s outstanding cabaret shows among the expressions used when describing the Safari Cats ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
The Carnivore Restaurant Experience in Nairobi: Lunch or Dinner, Nairobi, Nightlife
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

The Carnivore Restaurant Experience in Nairobi: Lunch or Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

When you're in Nairobi, don't miss the chance to have a meal at the famous Carnivore Restaurant—the ultimate 'Beast of a Feast'—known for its variety of meat ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Carnivore Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi, Nairobi, Dining Experiences
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Carnivore Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi

Enjoy round-trip transportation by private vehicle to The Carnivore, one of Nairobi's most popular restaurants, for a meaty buffet lunch or dinner. Group size ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Nairobi Nightlife Experience with Dinner, Nairobi, Dining Experiences
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Nairobi Nightlife Experience with Dinner

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Trade Kenya’s wildlife for its nightlife on this 3-hour Nairobi by night tour. Discover a different side to Nairobi on this evening tour, and discover some of ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Nairobi City Walking Tour with Traditional Kenyan Lunch, Nairobi, Nightlife
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Nairobi City Walking Tour with Traditional Kenyan Lunch

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Explore Nairobi on a 5-hour sightseeing tour with a traditional Kenyan lunch included. Bold and brash yet beautiful, the Kenyan capital can be overwhelming to ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00
Carnivore restaurant Dinner or lunch from Nairobi, Nairobi, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Carnivore restaurant Dinner or lunch from Nairobi

The carnivore restaurant is the ultimate dinner or lunch point to think of when visiting Nairobi. This is the place you cant be wrong on food. Whether you are ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Coffee farm and factory tour from Nairobi city, Nairobi, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Coffee farm and factory tour from Nairobi city

Welcome to Karunguru coffee farm. Karunguru farm  is located one hour drive from Nairobi. This tour is suitable for people who would like to learn the ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Safari Park Hotel Cat Dancers and Dinner Experience, Nairobi, Coffee & Tea Tours
TVRM_SORTED : false ESSENTIAL : ADMISSION :

Safari Park Hotel Cat Dancers and Dinner Experience

Enjoy an evening Dining Experience at Nyama Choma Ranch Restaurant in Safari Park Hotel as you enjoy Nairobi’s outstanding Cabaret Shows of the Fabulous ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.00

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message