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It is no secret that Kenya is one of the largest producers of coffee in the world and so undoubtedly coffee is a big thing in the country. The cafe culture is taking off in a big way in many places in this country. Many coffee outlets have opened in the the capital city of Nairobi. If you know where to look, you will find some of the best coffee outlets, that will give you the true taste of Kenyan coffee.

Cafes in Nairobi have sprung up all throughout the city in recent times, keeping up with the cafe culture around the world. Nairobi can be a great place to explore for a coffee connoisseur. Whether you want to grab a quick cup of coffee or enjoy a nice cappuccino leisurely as the world passes by, there are many independent cafes in the city that you can visit.

10 Top Cafes In Nairobi

Here is a list of some of the best cafes in Nairobi that you would love to visit. Keep scrolling down to know more and read along!

1. Coffee Roasters

Coffee Roasters

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At Connect Coffee Roasters, customer satisfaction is their key goal. The cafe offers the best quality coffee to its customers. The coffee served here is prepared from roasted beans and the coffee is roasted everyday to provide a fresh and high quality drink. Not only this, the customers also get to know about the source of their coffee along with the process of production and preparation, ensuring that they are drinking quality and healthy coffee. The customers at this cafe also get to participate in various connect coffee activities.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

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2. Point Zero Coffee

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Point Zero Coffee is one of the best cafes in Nairobi. Located right next to Nyayo House, the cafe serves great coffee and also a few snacks that you can munch on along with your coffee. The coffee served here is a huge change from the usual coffee dredge. A friendly staff and good coffee will get you a great start to your day. Also the cafe is located in the same building as Nairobi Gallery, so you can hop into the gallery to enjoy its art collection.

Location: Posta road, Nairobi, Kenya
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 / 5

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3. Vogue Cafe Nairobi

Vogue Cafe Nairobi

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Vogue cafe in Nairobi is a high end restaurant cum coffeehouse. Here you will find the best gourmet coffee and Kenyan tea along with some delicious and healthy contemporary styled food. Located in a uniquely designed apartment and offers a beautiful view of the westlands. The restaurant staff are very friendly and are dedicated to offer you a savory experience, leaving you wanting to come back for more.

Location: Westlands Road, Nairobi, Kenya

4. Artcafe


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Art cafe in Nairobi is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Lavington. You will find the cafe on the first floor of Lavington Mall. The cafe offers the best Kenyan coffee and not just coffee there is also a bakery shop full of delicious treat, a selection of snacks menu and a cocktail bar on the balcony of the cafe. Running till midnight, this cafe is the perfect hangout spot for you.

Location: Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya

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5. Thorn Tree Cafe

Thorn Tree Cafe

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Thorn tree cafe is an iconic bistro styled pavement cafe and is very famous among the locals as well as travellers alike. The cafe offers a good of coffee and some delicious dishes including Kenyan chicken stew and crab meat etc. Apart from the savory dishes, the cafe is also famous for its legendary message board located right on the center of the restaurant on an acacia tree. The restaurant derives its name from this centrally located tree. This message board is used by the travellers who visit the coffeeshop and leave mails pinned on the tree’s trunk.

Location: 12 Standard Street, Nairobi, Kenya
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 / 5

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6. Matbronze Cafe

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Matbronze cafe can most definitely be your weekend chill out spot. The cafe is located in a nice place, right between two of the major attractions of Nairobi. The Giraffe centre and the Elephant Orphans are located adjacent to the cafe. The cafe offers fine coffee along with some other refreshments like salads, burgers and sandwiches. There are also several artwork of African Wildlife of varying size on display in the gardens and gallery. From tiny elephant pendants to huge crocodile structures, you will find it all. Visit the Matbronze cafe and when you leave the cafe, you will leave with a taste of Africa.

Location: Langata S Road,Nairobi, Kenya
Cost for two: 608 - 1317 KES
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 / 5

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7. Nook


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Nook, as the name suggests, is a cozy cafe in Nairobi, Kenya. Located in Hurlingham, the cage offers some of the best coffee in Kenya and the food available here are all prepared from organic ingredients. The coffee is very fresh and flavorful and the staff is very friendly, serving coffee with a smile. The great food and the service of the staff is evidence to the fact that at Nook cafe, they love what they do. Running on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, Nook is a cute hidden gem in Kenya with great food and amazing coffee.

Location: Woodlands, Nairobi, Kenya
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 / 5

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8. The River Cafe, Karura

The River Cafe, Karura

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Located inside the Karura Forest, this cafe is quite a tranquil spot to enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Across the Belgium Embassy, Karura forest is one of the urban forests in Kenya and the cafe offers some of the best panoramic views of this forest. The wide open spaces and the high ceilings exudes a very comfortable ambiance. The cafe is simple yet welcoming and offers a nice continental menu along with a la carte menu. You can enjoy a nice meal here while basking in the natural glory of Kenya. You can also go for a nice bike ride in the forest after your meal at the cafe.

Location: Karura Forest, Nairobi, Kenya
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 / 5

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9. Newscafe Adlife

Newscafe Adlife

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The cafe was established in 1995 and is one of the best premium cafes in Kenya. Here, you will find world class food along with a range of premier beverages. The vibrant atmosphere of the cafe offers a very cozy vibe and make your dining experience much more comfortable. The perfect blend of restaurant, coffee bar and cocktail bar sets Newscafe apart from the others. Innovative thinking with food and beverage offered by newscafe will charm you absolutely.

Location: Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya

10. Black Gold Cafe

Black Gold Cafe

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Black Gold Cafe is located in the ground floor of Panari Hotel. This coffee shop is famous for serving roasted coffee, Kenyan tea, smoothies as well as light meal and desserts. The cafe is located on Mombasa road and gives the vibe of a street cafe at the same time you can also enjoy the comfortable ambiance of a game lodge at this African cafe.

Location: Mombasa, Nairobi, Kenya
TripAdvisor Rating: 4 / 5

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With so many cafes existing and budding in the city, the cafe culture in Nairobi has been hitting it big. These are some of the best and busiest cafes in Nairobi. Visit one of these cafes, while visiting Nairobi to enjoy the true cafe experience in the city on your trip to Kenya with TravelTriangle.

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