“There is never a dull moment in Nairobi”
2015 has been the year that I rediscovered my city, Nairobi. It is a cosmopolitan city that is a melting pot of different cultures with perfect imperfections that give it character. From the graffiti matatus booming music for the whole city to hear to the simple mahindi choma (roasted maize) vendor selling his goods.
Truly there is never a dull moment in this city. Nairobians are constantly struggling to make their city and country a better place.
There are spots that I frequented and fell in love with and I’d urge anyone within the bounds of the city to check out (that is together with the touristy things) Some are upscale and others are simple…all sides that make this city beautiful.
So let’s get into this:
All Saints Cathedral
I have been seeing this church throughout my life but I really didn’t think much of it until this year. The grand cathedral built in reminiscence of Renaissance Architecture gives it a godly feel. It encompasses a different side of Nairobi that makes one forget that they are in this busy city. It also has a coffee shop at the courtyard that brews a nice cuppa.
Having tred this earth for 21 years, I can say this year I finally went to Maasai Market. I know, shame on me! I fell in love with the wears and crafts and it had me going back nearly every month. I even did a post on it here! This is a must-stop for anyone in town.
The National Museum
I usually try to make sure i’v visited the Museum at least once a year to mostly check out the artwork. This year I visited it twice and fell in love all over again. The one of a kind pieces found in the museum are breathtaking and makes one appreciate African Art. I was also able to attend an exhibition by U.K artist Inkquisitive that was an amalgamation of Hindu, African and contemporary art. Truly something to check out whilst in Nairobi.
Nairobi Art & Culture.
This year I attended a couple of cultural events such as Sanaa Culture, Nai Ni Who, Kenya Art Fair (click to check out Lyra Aoko’s piece on the Fair) and Cake Art Affair. Kenya has a lot of talent. There were artworks that I believe deserve to be seen in Museums all over the world! Art in Kenya is still at its infancy but it has a promising future. Whenever in Nairobi, look out for such events!
This year I have eaten out quite a bit and I honestly say my favourite spot this year was Urban Eatery. Everything from the decor, ambiance and the food is amazing. It is a lovely place to go catch-up with friends or simply go work on your laptop. I highly recommend it, together with their Smore Milkshakes! 🙂
The first of it’s kind in Nairobi has brought a difference in the shopping culture in the city. The mall is not exclusively for shopping but also incorporates a playground and nearly all restaurant brands in Kenya which i’m sure will attract many. The detached roof also brings a nice breeze into the space and gives it an inside-outside feel. Make sure you visit it!
This year I fell in love with Uhuru Park. It’s a park that does not receive the recognition it deserves. The greenery and the water feature give it a peaceful ambiance especially when it is not quite busy. The boat rides are also super fun!
The Arboretum in Nairobi offers amazing picnic grounds that are relaxing as one feels as if they are one with nature. It’s also a park that you can simply carry a book and sit under a tree for a leisure read; a practice very hard to find here
A view that will never get old! Seeing Nairobi at its grand scale makes you think of how mundane your own life is. You also see the promise Nairobi has. Im getting quite philosophical here 😀 but that view deserves a philosophical interpretation thus making it my top spot for 2015!
What would you say was your favourite spot in Nairobi this year?
I’m interested to know. (Comment down below)
Have a lovely week!