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Coffee!

It’s hard, damned near impossible, to find good coffee in Nairobi. I had heard that Spring Valley Coffee was good. However, I never made it there because getting in and out of that shopping center (on Lower Kabete Road, same center as the Total Station) is a nightmare. Well, now, everything changed. They’ve opened a shop in the new food court area of Village Market. Now, it’s easy for me to get good coffee, including whole or freshly ground beans. It’s a big improvement in the quality of our life! If you’re not near Village Market or Spring Valley, then I am sorry. You will have to make do. If there are other places for great coffee (Wasp & Sprout is nice but the coffee doesn’t compare to Spring Valley Coffee) please put that information into the comments!

WAPI? Box

Wapi means where in Swahili. In Nairobi, you’ll hear a lot of, “iko wapi…?” Translated to English, this means, “where is…”—insert whatever the person is looking for. WAPI Box, however, is all about “where” in a good way. It’s about where to get cool stuff that is local. The company, WAPI?, puts it best: Nairobi is full of hidden treasures. WAPI? enables you to discover the best of what your city has to offer, connecting you with local businesses, artisans and initiatives which meet your needs and interests. WAPI? works with local businesses, artisans and initiatives to increase their visibility, reach and impact. WAPI? provides a range of options to help you find local, authentic, meaningful products and experiences, according to your needs and interests, away from the dining, shopping and social experiences offered by go-to malls. The way it works is quite simple. Much like monthly boxes you can subscribe to in the U.S., WAPI? Box lets you sign up for a three-, six-, or twelve-month subscription or you can order month by month. I …

Review: greenspoon

One of the things I miss about life in New York is the convenience of things. You can walk to most places. You have public transportation for when you can’t walk. And you can order in just about anything. In many parts of Nairobi, delivery is an option. For me, on the edge of the city, it’s not easy. So, I’m really happy when I find someone or someplace that can deliver to me. Enter greenspoon, my latest find! Greenspoon is an online grocery and beer/wine seller. You simply go online, pick what you want, pay (various types of mobile money (I use Mpesa), Visa, or MasterCard), and then your items are delivered to you. You get it the next day if you order before 3pm. It’s that easy! They sell a wide variety of items. Everything is from artisan producers and local farmers. Not everything is always in stock—but that’s part of the deal when you’re shopping from artisan producers, plus the site is well designed and it’s clear when things are out of …

Pop Up Market at Peponi Springs

We would often drive past Peponi Springs and take a peek, wondering what the place is like. It looks nice as you drive by along Kitisuru Road at the junction of Peponi Road. A few weeks ago, we finally went there. It’s even nicer when you step inside. It’s like a secret garden tucked away in the valley. What finally brought us inside the gates of Peponi Springs was the last Pop Up Market of the season, featuring Sambara Fashion, Maasai Treads, Mandla, The House of Cindimini, and more. There were tons of cute stalls, which was good because we had some last minute gift buying to do before home leave. Even if you didn’t want to shop, there was plenty of food and drink. Peponi Springs is known for their nyama choma (Kenyan barbecue). We didn’t have any, but we’ll be back to check it out. There were plenty of drinks (well priced too). Providing musical entertainment was Nairobi Soul Club. There was plenty of room for kids to run around, plus they had …

Review: Wasp & Sprout

I found a cute place near me! I had been meaning to check it out for so long and I really wish I searched it out sooner. Wasp & Sprout is my new favorite place in Nairobi! It’s a really cute cafe/shop in Loresho, tucked inside the Loresho Shopping Center on Loresho Ridge Road. Once you get there (parking is pretty decent, by the way), go to the left of the apartment buildings. You’ll walk a little bit into an alleyway. Then go up the stairs at the building on the right. The space is really nice with ample tables, comfortable chairs and outside seating as well. Toward the back is the shop. The food was really good. I went specifically because on Fridays and Saturdays they now feature oyster specials from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company. I’m not a big “work at a cafe” person, but I want to go back one afternoon and do just that. The space is that nice. It’s lively without being overly loud. It’s cozy and comfortable but not …