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“Great people watching and wonderful ambience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Artcaffe

Artcaffe
Westgate, Mwanzi Road, Parklands, Nairobi, Kenya
717193895
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Ranked #2 of 19 Coffee & Tea in Nairobi
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Cafe
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
New Braunfels, Texas
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“Great people watching and wonderful ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

So stumbled upon Cafe Brasserie by Art Caffe while roaming around the Village Market. It's light and airy and has a great balcony overlooking the shoppers coming and going. They offer light breakfasts, take aways, great sandwiches and salads and casual dinners with wine and beer choices. The desserts looked wonderful but had no room for them after dinner. Good choice if you are staying at the Tribe Hotel and want something different or if shopping in the area and decide you need a coffee fix! The Village Market is extremely safe as you will see lots of armed security everywhere.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fine if you don't mind hanging out with mzungus!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I was really unsure about this place when I first arrived in Nairobi, and whilst I'm still wary of how many mzungus are there, I do enjoy it as a place to get lost in the crowd and read my book for an hour or 2.

Food is good, though it caters to a Western palette, and the pastries are a guaranteed winner. For main meals we usually opt somewhere else in Nairobi - there are so many great places that this quickly seems dull to us. But for a Sunday morning pastry and a coffee, or as a refuge to sip a fruit juice and read, Artcaffe hits the spot.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank EllieandAlexis
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Great days' start”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This place has great light breakfasts and lunches. Its unusual food and great coffees, all at a very fair price. I'm here often.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Mark R
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Overrated, overpriced, ordinary menu”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

I'm probably the only Mzungu in Kenya that doesn't like Artcaffe. Full of pretentious people playing with their laptops and smartphones, I find very little to recommend it. Because it's THE place to be seen it can be difficult to find a table. The menu is uninspiring, and generally poor value. For example, a chicken schnitzel is a couple of bits of breaded chicken, and a few chips. That's it. For a 25% premium over a decent meal at Havana or Mercury. Breakfast, in particular, is terrible ... no option of a "full English", bits 'n' pieces on an airline-style tray with little holes in it, maybe a sausage and some kind of Mediterranean salad. Quite dreadful, even Java does a passable breakfast. Staff try to be attentive, but often mix up orders or you don't get exactly what you ordered. Can't recommend it at all. All the above is true of the newer outlets at the Junction and Galleria too.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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5 Thank ChuckWao
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“The 'in' place to hangout in Nairobi.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

So Artecaffe showed up a few years ago and rocked Nairobi!! Today they are at the Westgate, The Junction, Galleria and Village Market.

Artecaffe is that place that draws you because of its ambience to begin with. The place has a very Mediterranean feel that is predominantly outdoorish with canopies but have indoor facilities for those breakfast meetings and those cold days. They have lovely music and the perfect place to chill out alone( everyone who does has their laptop, tablet or a book) friends or as a group hang out place. It also a good place to have business meetings.

The menu is varied and caters for a wide range of people and the prices a good average price of $20 dollars person on a siting.

Having been here like a million times, they have very good salads and pasta dishes. They also have the best fries/chips ever and for dessert lovers, the Art Volcano is just irresitable.

The only downside about the place is the service on some occasions with discrimination of some of the patronage. Caucasians are treated so much better with the staff being very friendly and caring(could be something about the tips and perception) and locals being looked down upon with no one coming for your order and just generally being ignored. Stbad your ground though! But this is mainly at the Westgate location so beware.

But generally... You'll not think to hang out anywhere else after Artecaffe!!:-)

    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Nimu
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