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Food Lover's Guide to Nairobi

By Viator, April 2018

3.5 7 Reviews | Add your review

The food may not be as refined as the French or as classic as Italian, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to satiate hunger on the streets of Nairobi. Like most urban centers, the city does cater to Western travelers with spots offering more continental fare and European cuisine, but the best food on offer is traditional, cheap and of course, delicious. Local peppers, onions and tomatoes make up the base for most sauces, including the spicy garnish called kachumbari. Indian flavors permeate many of the 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. One plate for lunch can keep a traveler full until breakfast. 

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 dish made from kidney beans and ugali, while less adventurous eaters may want to start with small fried donuts called mandazi, which are a popular treat for local children.

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Private Day Trip to Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru from Nairobi, Nairobi, null
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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
The Carnivore Restaurant Experience in Nairobi: Lunch or Dinner, Nairobi, Day Trips
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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
Nairobi Nightlife Experience with Dinner, Nairobi, Dining Experiences
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Nairobi Nightlife Experience with Dinner

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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
Safari Park Hotel Cat Dancers and Dinner Experience, Nairobi, Nightlife
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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
Safari Park Hotel Dining Experience -Safari Cats Dancers, Nairobi, Food Tours
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Safari Park Hotel Dining Experience -Safari Cats Dancers

An Evening Dining Experience at Nyama Choma Ranch Restaurant in Safari Park Hotel as you enjoy Nairobi’s Outstanding Cabaret Shows of the Fabulous Safari Cats ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: Flexible

From USD $120.00
Carnivore Restaurant Dinner Experience in Nairobi, Nairobi, Dining Experiences
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Carnivore Restaurant Dinner Experience in Nairobi

Spend your evening dining at the Carnivore Restaurant, and open-air dining experience with a wide variety of meats. Enjoy meats such as turkey, crocodile, leg ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
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Lunch at Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi

Treat yourself to a unique dining experience at Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi. Enjoy the ambience of this meat-eater's haven located 3 miles (4km) outside of ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
Carnivore Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi, Nairobi, Dining Experiences
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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
Carnivore Restaurant: A Unique Eating Experience in Nairobi, Nairobi, Dining Experiences
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Carnivore Restaurant: A Unique Eating Experience in Nairobi

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy a unique dining experience at The Carnivore at your leisure. Take in the sights while your driver navigates you the 2.5 miles (4 km) from city center to ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
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Carnivore Restaurant Nairobi

Dining at Carnivore Restaurant, located around 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Nairobi’s city center, is not for the light eater, but rather an indulgent “Nyama ...  Read more

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: Flexible

From USD $130.00

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