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Nairobi’s Hurlingham neighbourhood has a wide range of cool places to eat, drink and explore. Here is our guide to some of the spots that most appeal to the millennial crowd.
You can get to Hurlingam via private car (if you are lucky), Uber (if you like convenience) or matatu (if you like frugality and a sense of community). To use public transport from town, you should head to the Kencom Stage opposite the Hilton Hotel and hop on a number 32 or 46 bus.
Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi, formerly the Best Western Hotel, offers sweeping views of the Nairobi skyline from the hotel’s rooftop, making it a great spot for sundowners or to enjoy some shisha.
Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi, Argwings Kodhek Rd, Nairobi, Kenya, +254 20 2927000
Sierra is located in the Yaya Centre, which is technically between the Hurlingham and Kilimani area. Yaya offers a wide range of boutiques to check out after your meal. Sierra brews its own beers, which are surprisingly good in terms of Kenyan beer, and serves tasty burgers and steaks. They have a pleasant balcony to meet up with friends and enjoy a few cold beverages.
Sierra Brasserie, Yaya Centre, Argwings Kodhek Rd, Nairobi, Kenya, +254 20 8068594
Nyama Mama, also located in Yaya, is an African roadhouse diner that offers unique updates on traditional dishes. The restaurant has rapidly grown in popularity and expanded from its original branch to Westlands and Village Market. Nyama Mama creates an array of delicious homemade sauces and offers a wide-ranging and distinctive menu, including lots of meaty treats, chapatti wraps and unique sides, like ugali fries and cassava balls. You can’t go wrong with ordering anything barbequed – and don’t forget to wash it all down with one of Nyama Mama’s infused African cocktails, which are served in adorable tin mugs.
Nook is one of Hurlingham’s best-kept secrets. It is only open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 9AM to 4PM. Carefully crafted, themed menus are posted on Nook’s Facebook page each week. Past menus have included everything from Mexican (which is sadly lacking in Nairobi), Vietnamese pho, and Aussie burgers. Home-grown and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. You won’t regret doing brunch here! Make sure to call ahead to make a reservation as this place is really cozy.
Tamasha is not necessarily strictly a millennial hangout, but it offers a fun and relatively pocket-friendly night out, as well as the opportunity to mingle with locals. It is definitely worth checking out if you are craving a more relaxed vibe.
Aside for making your stomach happy, there are a few art galleries in the neighbourhood worth visiting to get your fill of culture.
The Kuona Trust Centre for the Visual Arts has become a staple in the Nairobi arts scene. They regularly host events and exhibitions to support local artists and have a residency program worth popping through, where artists from across the continent use shipping containers within the garden as their work spaces. Kuona has a shop on site for those wishing to purchase unique pieces of artwork.
Formerly known as the Shifteye Gallery, Shifteye Studios holds an art gallery, photography studio and event space. They regularly hold parties, like Friday Nights Unplugged, as well as more traditional art events.