I visit this place often while in Nairobi. This is formerly a white settlement area and has very serene hotels and restaurants.
I like the masai market outside the crossroads shopping mall. They have very nice traditional things but be keen to burgain as well.
The newly refurbished Dormans coffee shop is a great place to have your Kenyan coffee. Talisman Restaurant and Que Pasa are just near there to enjoy a meal.
Karen is also home to many boutique hotels like House of Waine, Marchushla and the unspoilt Kisima House.
I would recommend swim at Kisima house or house of waine to give you that natural feeling of home away from home!
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