Surprising as it may be to some, Nairobi is filled with quirky shops, delicious restaurants, wild nature walks, tranquil little cafes and great party spots. Here’s a handpicked selection of my absolute favourite things to do in the city: Moniko’s, Valley Arcade Nairobi is full of little oasis’ that help you escape from the traffic and tribulations of daily life in the city and this may be one my favourites. Located in the back court of Valley Arcade, Moniko’s is owned by a food passionate Swede who emigrated to Kenya over 10 years ago. The restaurant looks like to belongs… View Post

“The self-made man does not exist in Africa. If the motto of Europe is individualism: `I think therefore I am,’ Africa’s would be communalism: `I relate, therefore I am.’ In Zulu there is a saying: `One is a person through others,’ or, as John Mbiti, the Kenyan theologian, put it: `I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am.’” Richard Dowden, Africa, Altered States, Ordinary Miracles The best part of Nairobi is the social relationships you can build here. Whilst the expat scene is wonderful, with interesting people from all over the world, there are also great… View Post

Sport is big in Kenya, especially the capital Nairobi. With its year round great weather, the city is ideal for those who want to get outside and play their favourite game. In addition, Kenyans love watching, and arguing about, football. Below is a selection some of the sporting highlights of Nairobi: Where to watch football in Nairobi Most football matches in Nairobi are played at Nyayo Stadium in the Industrial Area or Kasarani Stadium. Whilst the majority of Kenya Premier League matches are fairly quiet, any game involving Gor Mahia, or AFC Leopards tend to be fairly raucous. The derby between… View Post

Get excited people there is a new activity in town and you’ve gotta try it. It’s called Escape Room Kenya, and it’s located at Talisman in Karen. We visited last night to try our hand at escaping the Secret Gallery – a room filled with clues to help us, the gallery robbers, steal the goods and get out within an hour. It’s the perfect activity for a bit of group fun, or for a corporate event or a family day out. We had an 8pm slot booked, so arrived early and had a drink at the Talisman bar first before heading… View Post

I’ve been eagle eyeing Che Shale since we moved to Kenya almost two years ago, so couple of weekends ago when my bestie Krista was in town with her partner Gareth we all flew over to Malindi for a beach getaway. Described by the owners as a “chic beach retreat” Che Shale is set on a secluded bay about 40 minutes drive north of Malindi airport. The drive there is tarmac most of the way, winging through small villages and past simple market stalls selling a few scattered vegetables. The last section, however, takes you over about a mile of road made… View Post

In March, I spent a month in Cape Town working with Getaway Magazine. While I was there, I wrote a piece for SUITCASE Magazine about Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa. You can read it here: With its stunning mountain backdrop, beachside location, inventive cafés, incredible restaurants, boutique shops and markets galore, you could very well visit Cape Town and never leave the city. But tear yourself away from the thrill of South Africa’s chicest skyline for a couple of nights and a charming and equally satisfying retreat awaits  in the form ofBabylonstoren. One of the oldest… View Post