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Foodies Guide To Nairobi

From traditional Kenyan dishes to international flavours, this city has something to satisfy every foodie’s palate. In this guide, we’ll take you on a culinary journey through Nairobi, highlighting the best local cuisine and street food that you must try during your visit.


  1. K’Osewe:

For a modern twist on Kenyan cuisine, visit K’Osewe, a trendy restaurant that celebrates local flavors. Their menu offers a fusion of traditional Kenyan dishes with a contemporary flair. From their succulent grilled meats to their innovative vegetarian options, K’Osewe is a culinary delight.

  1. Mama Oliech’s:

If you’re looking for a taste of authentic Kenyan fish cuisine, head to Mama Oliech’s. This legendary restaurant is famous for its mouthwatering fried tilapia, served with a side of ugali and kachumbari. The flavors and freshness of the fish will leave you craving for more.

  1. Kibanda Experience:

To truly immerse yourself in Nairobi’s street food culture, venture into the local kibandas (small food stalls). These humble eateries offer a variety of affordable and delicious meals, ranging from chapati wraps to pilau rice. Don’t be afraid to try different dishes and engage with the friendly vendors.


  1. Maasai Market:

While not strictly a food destination, the Maasai Market is a treasure trove for foodies seeking unique Kenyan ingredients and spices. Explore the vibrant stalls and discover a wide range of fresh produce, aromatic spices, and handmade crafts. You can even pick up some authentic Kenyan tea or coffee to take home as a delicious souvenir.

  1. Nyama Choma:

No foodie’s visit to Nairobi is complete without indulging in some Nyama Choma. This beloved Kenyan dish consists of grilled meat, usually goat or beef, served with a side of sukuma wiki (collard greens) and ugali (a staple maize meal). Head to the famous Carnivore Restaurant for an authentic Nyama Choma experience.


  1. Ugali and Sukuma Wiki:

Ugali and Sukuma Wiki are staple dishes in Kenyan cuisine. Ugali is a thick maize meal porridge that is often eaten with sukuma wiki, a delicious and nutritious collard greens dish. You can find these dishes in local eateries and food stalls throughout Nairobi.

  1. Maandazi:

For a sweet treat, don’t miss out on Maandazi, a popular Kenyan pastry. These deep-fried doughnuts are often flavoured with cardamom or coconut and make for a perfect snack or breakfast option. Look for local bakeries or street vendors selling freshly made Maandazi.


  1. Samosas:

Nairobi’s street food scene is incomplete without mentioning samosas. These triangular pastries filled with spiced meat or vegetables are a favourite among locals and visitors alike. You can find them at street food stalls or even in some restaurants. Be sure to try the popular beef samosas.


  1. Mutura:

If you’re feeling adventurous, give Mutura a try. This traditional Kenyan sausage is made from a combination of minced meat, offal, and spices, stuffed into a casing made from the animal’s intestines. It is then grilled or fried to perfection. Mutura is often enjoyed with a side of kachumbari, a fresh tomato and onion salsa.


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