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Night Out In Nairobi And Other Entertainments

Posted on November 17, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment


Nairobi, simply put, is a happening place and has a lot to offer from staying arrangement, to good food to the stress buster of all times- shopping. Eve if you have made this just a base for your East African Safari, there’s plenty you can do when you want to wind up a bit, shop for memorabilia to take back home or just want to chill out and explore the entertainment factor of the Capital City of Kenya, before heading ahead to other East African countries.

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Night Out

Nairobi has a lively night scene.

For some good beer, head straight to The Lord Delamere Terrace Bar on the Harry Thuku Road. Zanze Bar on Moi Avenue has a top floor bar with a good range of drinks, pool tables and cheap food.  Havana with a Latin theme, in Westlands is good for the young crowd. For some DJ, Hip-Hop and R&B form of music to accompany your cocktails, the Bar Code, again in Westlands is the place to be in.

A number of nightclubs have reggae and contemporary music such as the Sahara City on Mombasa Highway and the Black Cotton on Langata Road which is a monthly club with an open-air dance floor.

Other venues with live music are Club Sikilza, The Green House and the Ngong Hills Hotel.

Eating Out

The city has plenty of arrangements where you can stay and the options include the very basic of the hotels to the lavish ones, as per your comforts and interests. Among the reasonable one is 680 hotel which has its own bar. Central YMCA with facilities like aerobics studio and tennis court and the Iqbal hotel which is just perfect for the traveler make for cheap arrangement as well. The Iqbal hotel also has safari booking desk.

serena hotelFor those of you who don’t mind splurging on your stay while touring a city, there are options like The Serena Hotel and the Stanley Hotel. These have luxuries like roof top pool, health club and sauna among other facilities. Of course, with such posh facilities, they definitely are not easy on the pocket.

Restaurants that are worth visiting are abundant in Nairobi. Just as you get out of the city, you have Carnivore Restaurant where you can relish camel, ostrich and even crocodile that are barbecued. To at to this, there is an open air night club to enjoy as well as the Simba Saloon and a venue for good live music. Overall, the place is worth the expenses you are likely to incur here.

Another pricey, yet good fish restaurant here is the Tamarind. The specialty here is the Arabic styled dining room with dishes that include prawns, fresh crab, lobster and other fresh catches along with venison, steak and poultry dishes.

Some pocket-friendly good restaurants of the city are the Nairobi Java House, a coffee shop that serves yummy breakfast and has excellent cake. Panda is a Chinese restaurant of the city that serves splendid food. For the traditional local Swahili food, try Swahili corner. Not only is the food here authentic, it is cheap as well.

The Thorn tree café located in the posh and expensive Stanley hotel serves reasonably priced snacks, pizzas and cakes and live music as well. It is popular for the thorn tree on which you can post your messages.

Shopping

You just have to buy handicrafts from Nairobi if you are contemplating shopping. This is the best place in East Africa to do so.  The Zanzibar Curio shop, The Zebra Crafts for carvings and the Kenafro Antiques and crafts for jewellery on shopping in nairobiKoinange Street and the Biashara Street for textiles and kikoys (The East African version of a sarong or a wrap around) are definitely worth a visit. Maasai market too is popular among tourist for beaded jewellery and other stuffs.
A must-visit market of this city is the Village Market shopping centre, with entertainment activities like Nu Metro Cinema, a bowling alley, pool hall, water slides and children’s play ground with toy-car rides and a mini-train circuit.

There definitely is a lot to enjoy here and the city will not leave you disappointed when you want to have some fun, eating, shopping or night outing!

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