Top things to do in Malindi

Top Choice Canyon in Malindi

Marafa Depression

One of the more intriguing sights inland from the north Kenyan coast is Hell’s Kitchen or Nyari (‘the place broken by itself’). About 30km northeast of Malindi, it’s an eroded sandstone gorge where jungle, red rock …
Top Choice Italian in Malindi

Baby Marrow

This standout restaurant is not only one of the best on the coast, but in the entire country. Think leafy, intimate setting, makuti roof (thatched roof of palm leaves), and bold contemporary art, while the charming …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Malindi

Our Shop

We really wish it were our shop, stocked as it is with cowrie-studded Congolese and West African carvings and masks to tempt collectors. Some great affordable and unusual fashion accessories, too, in the shape of cl…
Top Choice Italian in Malindi


Right on the sand, Rosada is a chilled beach bar with great cocktails and some wonderful views out over the marine park. Monday night is a popular beach party, which sees dancing on the beach once the sun has gone d…
National Park in Malindi

Malindi Marine National Park

The oldest marine park in Kenya covers 213 sq km of powder-blue fish, organ-pipe coral, green sea turtles and beds of Thalassia seagrass. If you’re extremely lucky, you may spot mako and whale sharks. Unfortunately,…
Landmark in Malindi

Vasco da Gama Pillar

More impressive for what it represents (the genesis of the Age of Exploration) than the edifice itself. Erected by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama as a navigational aid in 1498, the coral column is topped by a…
Italian in Malindi


Pictures of vintage celebrities deck the wall at this, one of the best Italian places in Malindi. There's a formal dining room, which is great for an evening meal, and a breezy (read: mosquito-y in the evenings) ter…
Seafood in Malindi

Old Man & the Sea

This Old Man’s been serving excellent seafood, using a combination of local ingredients and fresh recipes, for years. However, don't come to eat at this intimate restaurant in a hurry – each dish is made fresh and t…
Jewellery in Malindi


The main thing here is an extensive collection of antique silver jewellery from Lamu. Dig around, and you can also pick up some antique compasses and sextants, some malachite items and carvings.
Gifts & Souvenirs in Malindi

Mizizi Ya Afrika

This boutique take on a souvenir shop sells some beautiful carved calabashes, bowls, carvings from West Africa and Zanzibar, masks and jewellery. Smaller branch next to Uhuru Park.