Best restaurants in Lamu Archipelago

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    Peponi

    We're still waxing lyrical about our last meal at this amazing restaurant. Choose between global offerings, such as tuna ceviche, Philly cheese steak sandwich and BBQ fish, or get your fill of mostly Italian dishes, such as gnocchi with wild mushrooms. The chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream is worth every penny.

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    Kijani Restaurant

    On the premises of Kijani Hotel, this excellent new restaurant has a daily changing menu that combines fresh local ingredients with global influences. Go on, treat yourself to Tahitian-style fish, miso-grilled aubergine or tamarind crab. Eat surrounded by local art or on the breezy, semiprivate terrace overlooking the sea.

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    Whispers Cafe

    You know how sometimes you just need that escape into the world of magazines and fresh pastries? Welcome to Whispers. For a real cappuccino, light meals, mega juices and smoothies, or the best desserts in town, this cafe with a garden, set in the same building as the Baraka Gallery, is just the ticket.

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    Moonrise

    Particularly strong when it comes to seafood dishes and slightly set back from the waterfront, this is the best restaurant in town. Feast on the likes of fish tacos with mango salsa, ginger crab with coconut rice and such crowd pleasers as chicken and chips.

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    Olympic Restaurant

    The family that runs the Olympic makes you feel as if you’ve come home every time you enter, and their food, particularly the curries and biriyani, is excellent. There are few better ways to spend a Lamu night than with a cold mug of passion-fruit juice and the noir-ish view of the docks here, at the ramshackle end of town.

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    Stopover Restaurant

    There are waterfront restaurants all over the place, but the Stopover’s friendly staff and excellent grub (of the spicy Swahili-seafood sort) make it a cut above the competition, particularly the seafood curries. Great fruit juices, too.

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    Luq Tabassam Cafe

    This craft-shop-cum-cafe serves the tastiest samosas in Lamu – spicy, flavourful triangles with vegetable, prawn or meat filling. Wash them down with a tamarind juice.

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    Sea Suq

    Casual little cafe that serves good samosas and other snacks, and more substantial mains such as Swahili pizzas and seafood, chicken or mutton biriyani.

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    Bush Gardens Restaurant

    This place is a backpacker institution, though food isn't quite as good as it's supposed to be. The large portions of biriyani, grilled fish and other offerings, including ‘monster crab’ and the inevitable lobster in Swahili sauce, are quantity over quality, washed down with good juices and shakes mixed up in British pint mugs.

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    Mwana Arafa Restaurant Gardens

    Mwana Arafa has the perfect combination of garden seating and views over the dhows bobbing about under the moonlight. With barbecued giant prawns, grilled calamari and seafood curry on the menu, we guess you’ll be eating the fruits of the sea when you visit. Consistency is an issue.

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    Tamarind Cafe

    Built around a sturdy tamarind tree, this wonky tree house–restaurant overlooks the dhows on the waterfront. Lobster, prawns, squid and catch of the day are all present on the menu and simply prepared, and there's a friendly cat that'll climb all over you.

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    Hapa Hapa

    For a decent but cheap feed right on the seafront, Hapa Hapa is a safe bet. It offers good seafood curries and substandard international fare, but the kitchen is clean and there's usually a good crowd around.

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    Rangaleni Café

    The best of the Shela cheapies. Hidden away in the alleys behind the shorefront mosque, this tiny greeny-turquoise cafe does the usual stews and ugali (a staple made from maize or cassava flour, or both).

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    Bustani Café

    This pretty garden cafe has tables set about a lily-bedecked pond. The small menu includes lots of healthy salads, smoothies and various snack foods. It also contains a decent bookshop.

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    Supermarket

    Basic supermarket.