Susan is a smart young woman who live nairobian’s life to fullest. Aside from being a food & award-winning destination writer, Susan is an accomplished commercial lifestyle photographer, Editor of Capital Lifestyle Magazine, former radio presenter, magazine columnist, media personality and brand ambassador. Let’s discover her favorite places
How would you describe Nairobi to someone who has never been before?
Nairobi is a diverse and cosmopolitan hub. Liken to New York City of East Africa, daily life is very fast-paced. It’s a very green city despite the crazy traffic and general congestion. Streets are often lined with old trees, the Nairobi National Park and Karua Forest make it easy to be grounded in nature despite the growing concrete jungle of Kenya’s capital.
What neighborhood do you live in? A suburb called Lavington
Who is the Nairobian girl? Ambitious, aspirational and creative.
What do you love most about Nairobi?
You can feel the beat of the city. There’s always something new happening in the city. Whether it’s a new restaurant or bar, or a new product is launching in the country, or a new gallery popping-up – Nairobi is the nest of new ideas. In a way, you feel like you’re witnessing history in the making.
The best times to discover Nairobi and why?
During the day. Walking around at night is definitely NOT advisable. Avoid months January – March as it usually gets uncomfortably hot.
Three words which define best Nairobi? Ambitious, aspirational and creative.
What is your favorite place for
- A romantic date: A trek to Ngong Hills plus picnic
- A dinner with friends: Tapas at Westgate Mall
- A work meeting: Dusit D2 Soko
- A girls night: Brew Bistro Westlands
- A dancing night: The Alchemist
Where do you go if you want :
- Favorite places to shop? Junction Mall
- Best places to get massages? Sankara Hotel, Kempinski, Dusit D2
What is one touristy spot you still love visiting? Top of KICC (Kenyatta International Convention Center)
Recommended accommodation? Serviced apartments
What are the best restaurants? (…And what should people order?) Haru (sushi), Talisman (Feta Coriander Samosas), Tokyo (sashimi), Chowpaty (Dhosa), La Salumeria (Spaghetti Vongole), Tatu (Caesar Salad), Graze (Sirloin), Emerald Garden (Fish Cakes), Tin Roof Café (salads), River Café (Potato Skins) The Arbor (Fried Wontons)
How do you get around the city? Drive
Where do you go for a day or short-break trip outside of Nairobi? Nanyuki area – The best place to watch the sunset? and take amazing pictures. Ngong Hills, Uhuru Garden
Any tips for getting the true local art experience? Visit Circle Art Gallery, NEST Gallery, Kuona Trust Gallery and Studios
Describe your ideal day in Nairobi? A Sunday because there won’t be any traffic, begin with a brunch at Tin Roof Café, horseriding in Karen, lunch at River Cafe, a walk in Karua Forest, a sundowner at Brew Bistro in Westlands, dinner at Tokyo, live music at The Alchemist
What is the best souvenir someone can bring back from Nairobi? Jewelry and accessories made from Kenyan social enterprises