City Guide, Nairobi
Nairobi City (Nairobi) is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The city and
its surrounding area also forms the Nairobi Province. The name “Nairobi”
comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to “the place
of cool waters”. However, it is popularly known as the “Green City in
the Sun” and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs.
The city is also home to numerous local and international businesses and organizations.
Nairobi bustles with activity. It's a city that never sleeps; the rhythm is fast,
day and night. There's always something to do and see in Nairobi and its people
are friendly and hospitable.
Nairobi, being the capital of Kenya, is a central attraction for Kenyan tourism
and local and international activities and events. Before you think of visiting
any other part of the country, check out Nairobi's wide variety of interesting attractions
and sights. Nairobi National Park, a large wildlife preserve on the outskirts of
the city, is a major tourist attraction. Other points of interest include the National
Museum of Kenya, known for a display on early humans in Africa; the Parliament buildings;
the law courts; City Hall; McMillan Memorial Library; the busy Municipal Market
and nearby bazaar; the Kenya National Theatre; and Sorsbie Art Gallery.
Culture and entertainment
Everyday Nairobi life is a bustle of activity as people go about their business.
Nairobians juggle work, and personal and family obligations, while still finding
time to enjoy their social favorites and contribute to the community. For locals,
a typical weekend in Nairobi is very busy, from business/networking functions, sporting
events and recreational activities to family weddings, barbecues and church events.
Nairobi never slows down.
The National Museum is located within Nairobi City and is an excellent place
to visit while in the city. The museum is famous the Leakey prehistoric artefacts
plus some of Kenya's best preserved tribal artefacts that date back hundreds of
years. Other sights within the museum include well preserved birds, butterflies
and animals and host of information about the country's rich past and culture.
Food and drink
Nairobi is home to a vibrant restaurant industry with interesting culinary choices.
In Nairobi you can get quality Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Lebanese,
Brazilian and of course local African cuisine restaurants. Most hotels offer continental
and international menus as well. Well known restaurants include Carnivore which
offers mainly grilled meats.
Tamarind restaurant has a reputation of being the best international restaurant
Nairobi. Tamarind is not cheap but with so much to offer, excellent service by are
probably the most professional waiters and you’re ever likely to meet in Kenya,
the Tamarind restaurant is a must-visit when you go to Nairobi. Seafood is particularly
Shopping in Nairobi is fun, easy, convenient and safe. With plenty of modern
shopping malls, grocery stores, open-air markets, convenience stores and supermarkets
located throughout the city, you will find enough choices to fit your budget and
Masai market (which is an informal market) offers beaded jewelry, gourds, baskets,
and other Masai crafts. More upscale handicrafts, artwork, and jewelry from all
over Africa can be found at the African Heritage Center on Kenyatta Avenue.
The appropriately named Biashara (Business) Street is the core of downtown Nairobi
' s shopping district; it is made up of endless small shops and cafes. In the Langata
area, the Ostrich Park has a craft center with an artisan's workshop where passersby
can see items being made and enjoy a nice cafe.