Top things to do in Mombasa

Top Choice Museum in Mombasa

Fort Jesus

This 16th-century fort and Unesco World Heritage treasure is Mombasa’s most visited site. The metre-thick walls, frescoed interiors, traces of European graffiti, Arabic inscriptions and Swahili embellishment aren’t …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Mombasa

Akamba Handicraft Industry Cooperative Society

This cooperative employs an incredible 10,000 people from the local area. It’s also a non-profit organisation that produces fine woodcarvings, from animal shapes and polished calabash bowls to stick-thin Maasai figu…
Top Choice Indian in Mombasa

Shehnai Restaurant

This reputable mughlai (North Indian) curry house is popular with the local Indian community and does delicious dishes such as gosht palakwalla (lamb with masala and spinach) and a superb chicken biryani. The staff …
Top Choice Cafe in Mombasa

Jahazi Coffee House

With lashings of sexy Mombasa style, this lounge cafe is the perfect spot to chill out in cushion-strewn, arty surrounds. Did we mention that it has great coffee? The Swahili pot, if you're after something different…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Mombasa

Yusufi Antiques & Gallery

A real treasure trove of carvings and masks, particularly from West Africa and the Congo, as well as fetishes, brass lanterns and other goodies. Some amazing Kenyan items as well, including two-faced ceremonial mask…
Top Choice Festival in Mombasa

Mombasa Carnival

Street festival, with a month of music, dance and other events.
International in Mombasa

Urban Street Food

This textbook hip, yellow-walled place with an industrial vibe in central Mombasa does several things few other local establishments do, including great coffee, small plates of hummus, juicy burgers and gorgeous fre…
Kenyan in Mombasa

Island Dishes

Once your eyes have adjusted to the dazzling strip lights, feast them on the tasty menu at this very popular Swahili restaurant. Mishikaki (marinated, grilled meat kebabs), chicken tikka, fish with coconut, mkate ma…
International in Mombasa

Forodhani Restaurant

A very welcome addition to the Old Town dining scene, Forodhani has an appealing terrace overlooking the ocean. The menu is a crowd-pleasing, extensive list of Swahili and Indian dishes such as beef mishikaki (marin…
Market in Mombasa

Spice Market

This market, which stretches along Nehru and Langoni Rds west of the Old Town, is an evocative, sensory overload – expect lots of jostling, yelling, wheeling, dealing and, of course, the exotic scent of stall upon s…