• NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

DIPLOMATIC DISTRICT, NAIROBI

Swank lounges, cutting-edge fashion, colorful markets and, of course, safari...

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Shamim Ehsani of Tribe

For Shamim Ehsani–a Persian immigrant with global sensibilities–Kenya is home. Nairobi, in particular, is the place that makes him happiest. “It’s not like I didn’t try other places,” says Ehsani. “I lived in Vancouver for a time, where it’s gray every day. After Africa, I found this depressing. I wanted to be home, among the people I love, the blue sky, the land of Africa. Besides, the lifestyle here is like no other. I can be on safari within a 30-minute flight of where I live, and Diani beach is just an hour by plane. Where else in the world would this diversity be possible?” Ehsani’s home neighborhood is Nairobi’s diplomatic district, where Tribe is also located. Here, he shares his top picks.
  • SHOPPING

    THE MAASAI MARKET

    "For an inexpensive, authentic market experience, The Maasai Market is great. It runs every Friday at The Village Market, and hosts 350 artists and vendors." Various venues throughout the city.
    THE MAASAI MARKET

  • SHOPPING

    ADELE DEJAK

    "Kenyan fashion is having a moment right now. One of the most interesting Kenyan designers I’d recommend is Adele Dejak. Her Village Market boutique showcases great African-inspired accessories using local materials (horn, wood, bone, and brass). Village Market, Gigiri
    ADELE DEJAK

  • SHOPPING

    NIKE KONDAKIS

    "Nike Kondakis creates edgy fashion from recycled parachutes and peace silk; you can visit her by-appointment showroom in Westlands, less than 10 minutes from Tribe." Westlands
    +254 723 115 507
    NIKE KONDAKIS

  • DINING

    TALISMAN

    "For a good international meal in a restaurant that’s not packed with tourists, check out Talisman, in Karen, (it’s best at lunch, with a table outside). Order a selection of appetizers, specifically the feta samosas and the tuna and avocado salad. For dinner, order the grilled ostrich steak—one of the classics in African game." 320 Ngong Road, Karen
    +254 20 3883 213
    TALISMAN

  • DINING

    SEVEN SEAFOOD AND GRILL

    "Seven Seafood and Grill, on Waiyaki Way, is a local favorite where I’d recommend the catch of the day, the whole fish served upright on a wood plank. Fishbowl (at the same location as Seven) is a nice little lounge for after- dinner drinks." ABC Place
    Waiyaki Way, Westlands
    +254 737 776 677
    SEVEN SEAFOOD AND GRILL

  • MARA SARUNI
    ART & CULTURE

    SARUNI SAMBURU

    "I’m often asked for a safari recommendation, and every time I say the Maasai Mara. One lodge I really like is Saruni Samburu, which opened recently in the hills of the north. They'll organize balloon safaris and visits to the rhino sanctuary, as well as a trip to Mara’s highest peak with the most spectacular views of a gorgeous, animated sunset."

    Kalama Community Wildlife Conservancy
    Samburu National Reserve
    SARUNI SAMBURU

  • Cottars
    ART & CULTURE

    COTTARS

    "Like Mara Saruni, Cottars is a conservation-focused property offering great luxury and excellent service. The owners have a long family history of safari in Kenya, and the design is a glamorous tribute to the 1920s era of truly wild travel. The accommodation tents are accented with old trunks and black-and-white photos from the family’s history." Rift Valley

Author

SOPHY ROBERTS

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NEIGHBORHOODS | NAIROBI | TRIBE


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