It is an undeniable fact that Kenya produces some of the best Arabic coffee in the world. Though Kenya itself is not particularly a coffee drinking country, some great coffee drinking outlets can be found in the capital, Nairobi, if you know where to look. Here are some of the best places to get coffee when visiting Nairobi.
This café is known for having some of the best coffee and pastries in the city. With eight locations in Nairobi, all the venues share the same good ambiance. Stunning art, outdoor balconies, a full cocktail bar, the delightful bakery, tasty meals and groovy music make Artcaffé the perfect perfect place for business and leisure meetings. Their baristas are rigorously trained to understand what makes a good cup of coffee. Being a 2015 People’s Choice Awards winner at the Taste Awards, expect the highest standard of coffee when you visit any of their establishments. Address & telephone number: Artcaffé, Westgate Mall, Mwanzi Rd, Nairobi, Kenya, +254 711
Urban Grind Coffee & Grill
Located on an office building off the busy Uhuru Highway, this hidden gem is definitely worth the hunting trip. Urban Grind is the perfect place for a quick meeting with a client, or to relax and enjoy a meal with a good cup of coffee. Coffee lovers will be thrilled with the wide variety on offer, including café au lait, latte, cappuccino, mocha and more. Witness the chefs in action at the hibachi corner as they prepare specially grilled meals just the way you like it, even if you are a vegetarian.
There’s no better way to pass time than to indulge in good quality coffee inside a glamorous coffee shop, surrounded by bronze art and a lush garden. The Bronze Roof Café provides just that. Enjoy your coffee with tasty meals if you get hungry, while witnessing the creation of one of the gallery’s many displays at the Matbronze Wildlife Art Gallery and Foundry. The presence of art and nature creates a serene vibe, which makes this place the perfect get-away spot away from the city’s bustle.
Opening hours: 8am-5pm
Watch out for: Art gallery display at Matbronze Wildlife Art Gallery and Foundry
One of the first coffee shops in the city and home to one of Kenya’s best hand-roasted coffees, Nairobi Java House has more than 20 branches in Nairobi alone. If you are in the mood for some real Kenyan coffee then this is the place to go. This coffee house, a winner of 2015 People’s Choice Awards, has a family-oriented environment with both indoor and outdoor seating and a playground for children at some of their locations. Order Kenyan kahawa coffee along with a selection of delicious dishes, milk shakes and ice-cream. Address & telephone number: Nairobi Java House, ABC Pl., Waiyaki Way, Nairobi, Kenya, +254 20 350 4468
Kaldis Coffee House
This little gem is favored by locals for its vibrant atmosphere, melodious music, quality service and reasonable prices. The captivating aroma of freshly brewed coffee upon entry, coupled with tasteful decorations, make Kaldis Coffee House a favorite hang-out spot for many Kenyans. Weekends and rush-hour are usually packed so be prepared to share seats with strangers. You won’t be disappointed as their menu boosts appetizing Kenyan dishes, juicy beverages and of course, some of the best coffee Nairobi has to offer. Address & telephone number: Kaldis Coffee House, Kimathi St., Nairobi, Kenya, +254 725 00 0784
Gibsons coffee has been a trustworthy brand in Kenya for 50 years, acquiring markets both locally and overseas. It should come as no surprise that their coffee shop in Nairobi’s central business district is doing amazignly well. Their wide menu selection offers not only some of the best hot and cold caffeinated beverages around, but also lovely teas, juices, shakes, pastries, breakfast items and delicious fast food. Be sure to make Gibsons Coffee House your next spot to chill with friends.
If you’re looking for a good cafe with even better coffee and a vibrant but sophisticated atmosphere, then The Mug will suit your bill. Located in the busy central business district of Nairobi, The Mug is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and enjoy some delicious food with a steaming cup of coffee. It can get busy at times, but its worth the wait.
No need to go to Mexico to enjoy delicious authentic Mexican food. But even better than Pete’s tasty Mexican food are their wide selection of caffeinated beverages. A 2015 Taste Awards nominee, Pete’s Café & Burrito Haven is second to none in Nairobi, offering the best of great coffee and fine food. The tastefully decorated establishment makes Pete’s the ideal rendezvous spot for couples. Order their famous burritos along with a café latte or a café mocha. Or try Pete’s lyonnais potato haven, their own personal creation on your next trip to Nairobi.
Situated in the heart of Spring Valley, overlooking the lovely Zen Garden, is Jade Coffee & Tea House. A nominee for Kenya’s Taste Awards 2015, this high-end café is open every day and serves the most delicious breakfast, light lunches and snacks combined with exotic teas and coffee that every coffee lover will appreciate. Enjoy your coffee on the terrace or inside the artistically designed café. Take your children along as they provide a menu especially for them. Address & telephone number: Jade Coffee & Tea House, Lower Kabete Rd., Nairobi, Kenya, +254 20 803 4445
Interior | Courtesy of Jade Coffee & Tea House
Four Café Bistro
It isn’t always easy to find a quiet café where you can have an intimate conversation. But this is what Four Café Bistro is ideal for. This venue has a sophisticated environment with modern décor, an international choice menu and a wide variety of caffeinated beverages. Try one of the coffees in their wide selection plus one of their well-known paninis, followed by a strawberry shortcake martini for dessert. Address & telephone number: Four Café Bistro, Warwick Centre, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya, +254 721 44 5444