Well, the Artcaffe. This was my most pleasant new addition coming back to Kenya this summer. The artcaffe is a fairly new restaurant, with about 3 or four branches- 3 in Nairobi and 1 in Mombasa I think having started in 2009. I stumbled upon this particular one at the Westgate mall in Westlands while looking for the classic coffee shop with wifi to pass the day etc etc. The truffle kiosk (which is also just divine) next to the Artcaffe is quite frankly how I got here.
So well, while the Artcaffe turned out to be more a casual dining place than the classic Starbucks, great internet notwithstanding, I definitely knew I was carving a niche when I was there the third time that week. The food is a delight. The pizza a must have. The home fries- very wet for your normal home fries though- I could have everyday. However, many many food reviews have been written about this little jem, to make this a drop in the ocean if it be one. So I will talk for the ambiance.
The ambiance will make for half the delight I'll tell you that. The dark wood and cream makes for such a romantic atmosphere to suit formal dinners and the sort, the outside shop with the laid back sun lounges perfect for those with agendas like mine- coffee, wifi, and people- watching and the kiosk, well, for the grab and go- for which you should ask for their 6-9am coffee and pastry offer :) Unbelievable!
They have got a live jazz band that comes in every Wednesday. Last time Kavutha sang about 6ft from me. So you know- go! Their music repertoire is also very quite riche. They had me at Piano man- what do I say.
One final one, they aren't known for their almond croissants for gaffes. You will not have been here until you have these. Definitely go. I know I will again and again :)
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