NAIROBI’s BEST COFFEE HOUSES

 

You are a budding entrepreneur and have been looking for an exciting place to hold client meetings and you rather enjoy meeting people away from your office just maybe because you like coffee like i do,right?

I have been to most of the coffee houses in Nairobi and I would like to name just 3 of my favourite places to meet clients or friends over coffee.Good thing that these 3 restaurants I am featuring today also offer lunch and dinner options ad you get to enjoy a filling meal and of course the coffee to keep you going through out the day.

1.Urban Eatery

Urban Eatery sits on the ground floor of  PWC,Delta Towers  in Westlands and  one end of the restaurant has some plush seats  that is quiet on Saturday mornings and you can have your breakfast there as you work.This has to be my favourite place in the whole of Nairobi.

Try the Urban eatery slushies ….love them!

2.Art Caffe-Garden City

You have to love the detail with which the Artcaffe chain has put  into its decor,their modern design is what keeps customers walking through their doors to have what is hands down some of the  best coffee and pastries in Nairobi.

Living around Thika road especially,their Garden City cafe’ with its movie posters dotting the walls and you  feel character oozing from the walls.I could spend hours here and only the thought that I have to be working gets me out of this place.

A definite must try if you happen to be on this side of town and I would definitely recommend their pastries.

3.Khaldi’s

Located smack in the middle of Nairobi,Kaldi’s is along Kimathi Street and on Harambee Avenue as well.I was introduced to this place by my sister , in addition to their great coffee and generous servings I would recommend their smoothies,their blue berry smoothie has to be the best in the whole of the central business district of Nairobi

Having also had the pleasure to have lunch at their Harambee House restaurant I would definitely recommend them as well if your do happen to need a  place for lunch.

Maybe I have left out some of your favourite spots around Nairobi would love to hear about them.And if you live outside of Nairobi…share some of your favourite places where you catch up friends.

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BRIDGING KENYA’S LOCAL CONTENT GAP

LOCAL CONTENT

Maridadi started out  as a food blog ,it was the fourth blog i had started and it was l in an effort to bridge the local content gap  in the Kenyan  market.

I was tired and maybe bored of reading stories from other continents,great as they were i needed to read stories that were  closer to home.

And i started writing about cooking traditional Kenyan vegetables,getting adventurous with ugali,i even wrote about boiling green maize/corn a tasty delicacy especially right now when we are having the rainy season.

And yes i even had a matumbo (goat tripe) recipe.

It was exciting to see the many peple who read the posts and one of the top favourites from readers all over the world was the njahi or black beans recipe.

So Kenyans……. Africa and the rest of the world  are  ready to hear stories from its writers,just ask Chimamanda Adichie who has had roaring success with her books .

In the beginning it was agonizing ,i  kept on checking the statistics to see just how many people read my posts,i wanted to hit 5000 views with my first post.

But it does not happen that way,like all writers know….. but you write anyway.

If you are an aspiring writer with something to say…write…not for the money but because you want to be part of the exciting changes happening on the african continent and in your country.

Inspire someone.

Which brings me to my 2nd point….

Social media has changed the way we consume information,how we share it and how we communicate with each other.

Just look at the Facebook groups that are  bringing together individuals from all the 5 continents sharing a  common interest(s).

We are filtering out information already and creators of content need to recognize that we cannot be everything to everyone,find your niche audience then go for it,write ,create and share your it.

You will only be great at what you do if you love what you do.

Your blog will turn into a rich,vibrant space where people can share ideas when they see the love  you have for what you do.

When Mozilla released a report on a study they did last year on how technology and design approaches can help grow the creation of local content, they found some interesting things about Kenya.

Here are a few findings from the study

  • Beyond Whatsapp  and other social media platforms many Kenyans have very little  use of the internet.
  • There is a very glaring lack of local content especially for non English speakers.
  • Gossip and entertainment news form a very large proportion of local content that is available 

With these findings in mind,i am on a mission to campaign for more local content on the web,i would love to see a Swahili blog up and running in addition to reading more content from Kenyans and other Africans.

Do you have any ideas to share of how we can make this happen,leave  comment.

And if you are a blogger or writer and would like to share your writing with the readers who read Maridadi,leave a link of your blog in the comments section.

Xo,

Ina