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Kenya restaurants

While the typical Kenyan diet is heavy on staples like rice, beans, and ugali—a dense cornmeal mash none too pleasing to Western palates—hungry travelers need not despair. Nairobi is stocked with a cross-sampling of fine international cuisine, with a large Indian expat community spicing up the scene. On safari, upmarket lodges and campsites—complete with gourmet chefs—will redefine your idea of "roughing it." Along the coast, sumptuous seafood infused with Swahili spices sets the standard, accented by the fresh fruits—coconuts, mangos, papayas—that are the region's rich tropical bounty. Of course, brave souls can always sample the nyama choma—or grilled meat—that's barbecued with religious devotion around the country. You'll have to bring a hearty appetite, though: Most eateries sell hunks of goat and beef—and even crocodile and ostrich—by the kilo.

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Baitil Aman Guest House, Lamu

Well-heeled expats in the tony enclave of Shella may buzz about the bar in the Peponi Hotel, but Baitil Aman tends to be the better (and more low-key)...more

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Carnivore, Nairobi

Call it a carnival, call it kitsch—even call it overrated. But there's no denying that this Nairobi circus is Kenya's best-known restaurant. Carnivore...more

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Castaways Bar & Restaurant, Mombasa

Managed by an expat, jolly Castaways is popular with tourists and locals alike. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal, but things really get going when the sun...more

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Haandi, Nairobi

Don't let your first glance fool you: Tucked away ten minutes from town in the obscurity of the Westlands Mall, Haandi dishes out some of the finest curries and...more

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Ibis Restaurant, Nairobi

This pretty restaurant is part of the historic Norfolk Hotel, which dates back to 1904. Pricey by Nairobi standards, with a rather affected presentation (arty...more

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Mandhari Restaurant, Nairobi

One of Kenya's finest restaurants, the elegant Mandhari is more expensive than most Nairobi establishments but well worth the price. The cooking style is...more

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Peponi Hotel, Lamu

Whether you're staying in this swank, Swahili-style hotel or one of its luxurious neighbors, all roads in Lamu lead to Peponi. For more than 40 years, the hotel...more

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Talisman, Nairobi

Casting its spell on the sophisticated dining scene in the luxe, leafy suburb of Karen, Talisman charms with its sprawling gardens and tables set around a shady...more

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Tamarind Mombasa, Mombasa

The whitewashed walls and soaring archways over Mombasa's old harbor are an ideal backdrop for what is arguably the finest seafood in Kenya (if they'd only do...more

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