Top ChoiceRuins in Mtwapa

Jumba la Mtwana

These Swahili ruins, just north of Mtwapa Creek, have as much archaeological grandeur as the more famous Gede ruins. Jumba la Mtwana means ‘Big House of Slaves’ and locals believe the town was an important slave...

Top ChoiceItalian in Mtwapa


As you stumble over the tangled tree roots of the Jumba la Mtwana ruins, delicious smells propel you towards the beach. A thatched hut perched above the blue of the Indian Ocean is not where you'd expect to find...

Seafood in Mtwapa

Moorings Restaurant

This legendary restaurant is on a floating pontoon on the north bank of Mtwapa Creek. It’s a fine place for a beer and serves great seafood and international dishes with a view. The turn-off is just after the...

Bar in Mtwapa


The first bar to get going in Mtwapa, Casuarina always makes for a fun night out, with some good dancing and decent grilled food to chase the booze down. Everyone from ladies of negotiable affection to expats and...

Kenyan in Mtwapa


The best-value nyama choma (barbecued meat) joint in town also offers big plates of chicken, other kinds of meat, and chapati, served with a soda. A popular local hangout.