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Food Lover's Guide to Nairobi

Food Lover's Guide to Nairobi

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 saladkachumbari***. Indian flavors permeate many traditional Kenyan dishes, including hot cups of early morningmasala 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 chickenandfried fishare skewered for easy consumption on the go.Friednsenene, 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.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Nightlife Experience with Dinner

Lonely Planet Experiences: Nightlife Experience with Dinner

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Exchange wildlife for nightlife on this exciting Nairobi Nightlife experience with dinner. Explore the city’s hotspots with your local guide who will take you around some of this eclectic city’s top destination. Toast the evening with three included drinks and tuck into a savory East African meal with friends. This small-group experience is limited to 12 people to insure individualized attention and the best possible night of Nairobi fun for all!
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$77.00
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US$77.00
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Carnivore Restaurant: A Unique Eating Experience in Nairobi

Carnivore Restaurant: A Unique Eating Experience in Nairobi

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Pre-book transport to The Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi for a convenient way to experience one of the city’s most iconic dining destinations. You name the afternoon or evening departure time and enjoy a leisurely meal of exotic meats, with door-to-door service from your centrally located Nairobi hotel or the Nairobi airport.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.77
Price varies by group size
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Nairobi City Walking Tour with Traditional Kenyan Lunch

Nairobi City Walking Tour with Traditional Kenyan Lunch

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Immerse yourself in Nairobi’s vibrant neighborhoods on a 5-hour walking tour of the city, enjoy a traditional Kenyan lunch in a local restaurant and get a glimpse of daily life in Kenya’s capital. Stroll through the shady paths of Uhuru Park with your local guide, then walk past parliament buildings and the poignant tomb of the country’s first president. Discover Kenya’s rich artistic traditions and regional handicrafts at the National Archives and finish your tour with a classic Kenyan meal at a nearby restaurant. 
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  • 5 hours
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