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The Top 10 Best Cafés In Nairobi City

You might be a tourist visiting the magnificent Republic Of Kenya or also a citizen just looking for a place to sit and relax while sipping or eating something. The most probable thing you”d think of is using sites like Google Maps to locate such areas. Therefore,in this feed post,I’ll be highlighting the top 10 cafés the city offers.

Modern Nairobi cityscape

1. Artcaffé 

Well know for its ultra unique design, Artcaffé is one very inspirational place that boasts of being host to many business meetings as well as casual escapades as you relax.

It is a full service bakery,coffee shop,diner and bar where you for sure will get the quality comfort that you desire

Artcaffé  boasts of being more than just a restaurant in that it is a lively social hub in the middle of the city under the sun. The service Franchise has several branches within the city as well as in its outskirts.

Artcaffe Nairobi

2.Tin Roof Café

Sited off a dry weather road in one of Nairobi’s popular suburbs, The Tin Roof Café Karen is a sensually wonderful site with floral cushions, pots holding wildflowers, artistic garden chairs and many other pleasant decorations.

Ideally designed to plagiarize a home setting,the place employs a bit of traditionalism as shelves are packed with board games and different books while there are boards all around acting as mega menus!

Expect to find more than just what you”d expect in a café as there”s a jewelry shop,bookstore and housewares shop all in one place! Mindblowing,right?

Tin Roof Cafe,Karen

3. Java House

Although at number 3,Java House is probably the most popular café out there.

Java House, commonly referred to as ‘Nairobi Java’, opened its first store in 1999 at Adam’s Arcade in Nairobi. With the aim of introducing gourmet coffee drinking culture in Kenya, the first outlet was a coffee shop and later the brand evolved to an American diner style restaurant to its present-day status as a 3 -day part coffee-led, casual dining concept.

Java House is now one of the leading coffee brands in Africa and has grown to have outlets in 14 cities across 3 countries in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda). It has also birthed two sister brands Planet Yoghurt, a healthy, tasty and fun frozen yoghurt store and 360 Degrees Pizza, a casual dining restaurant,open 24/7.

Java House Nairobi

4.Matbronze Café

As it self describes itself on its website,the Matbronze Cafe is a stunning place to enjoy a coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea.

Conveniently situated between two of Nairobi’s biggest attractions (the Giraffe Centre and the Elephant Orphans) Matbronze Cafe offers a choice of refreshments, including coffee, salads, sandwiches and burgers.There is a wide variety of African Wildlife art on display in the café‘s galleries and gardens, that vary in size from mini elephant pendants to life size crocodiles.

Be sure to place in your list of top points of refreshment.

Matbronze Cafe

​5.Connect Coffee

Well known as one of Nairobi’s best and coolest cafes, Connect Coffee brings coffee sourced directly from farmers in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda to your table, and the barista-prepared offerings range from pour-over filter coffee to a popular cold brew or simply a long black. It’s worth asking what’s good on the day and then pondering your choices on the rather long menu.

It also serves tea, milkshakes, pastries, waffles and a selection of salads and sandwiches.

CHIROMO BRANCH – Connect coffee

6.Wasp and Sprout

Wasp & Sprout is a family run business based in Loresho, Kenya, where we offer delicious things to eat, drink and take away.

This little café in the leafy suburb of Loresho feels comfy and welcoming, with candles flickering on the tables throughout the day and a monthly schedule of open-mic sessions for Nairobi’s budding musicians. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, and snacks as well as cold brew coffee.

All the furniture here is handmade by the owners and available for purchase. You can even commission your own designs to be made here. After your meal, swing by the farm shop next door for jams, cups, bags of coffee, and much more.

7.The River Café – Karura

The River Cafe is located inside Karura Forest, one of Nairobi’s urban forests off Limuru road, across the road from Belgium Embassy. An al fresco restaurant, the Cafe boast panoramic forest views with wide, open spaces and high ceilings.

It is both simple yet welcoming, boasting a menu that takes advantage of the wonderful produce of Kenya. The River Cafe, which offers a continental, a la carte menu including an all-day breakfast, is the perfect place to experience a small part of Kenya’s natural beauty – guests can bird watch, take guided colubus monkey walks, or just sit back to enjoy an intimate lunch followed by a walk of bike ride in the expansive forest.

The River Café – Karura

8. Chekafe

Might be 8th on the list but is actually The Editor’s Pick.

Chekafe is a simple, laid-back Japanese restaurant in a big garden with a simple menu that’s dedicated to quality Japanese cuisine – and incredible coffees. 

Try their traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. Their ramen dishes are also a big hit and pocket-friendly, going from 1,000 Kshs a bowl.

I recommend Chekafe as an option for brunch in Nairobi especially if you are looking for some peace and quiet in the heat of Nairobi.

Chekafe Nairobi

9. Cultiva Farm

Cultiva  pops up on an organic farm in Langata. The food is fine dining and the venue itself is farmyard chic.


visit Cultiva for a fine dining experience. But the place itself is rustic and has a farm style aesthetic that offsets the formality of their food. It’s a lovely place for dinner but an amazing place to visit for brunch as well.

They open daily at 12 pm and since they emphasize on only using organic, locally sourced ingredients, their menu changes regularly based on the available ingredients.

The food presentation and attention to the detail on their meals makes them very worthy. Believe me, the food tastes just as good as it looks.

Cultiva Farm

10. Pallet Café

This great getaway idealistic venue is located in the heart of Gigiri here in Kenya. Pallet Cafe Gigiri offers everything we love about the Lavington branch, and so much more than you’d expect.

Pallet Cafe is a garden cafe in Lavington, Nairobi. The cafe was born with the vision to provide magnificent food and amazing service while promoting the training and employment of the disabled in the food service community.

You should try the venue and enjoy a lot such as:

  1. A big, sloping garden that let’s you hide away and have an intimate lunch with your partner or friends
  2. A cool breeze that ensures you stay fresh throughout your brunch.
  3. Two swimming pools to cool down and splash around on a hot Nairobi day.
  4. Live music every Sunday.
  5. A  great bar serving delicious cocktails and local Kenyan craft beer.