North of Mombasa restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Nyali Beach

Tamarind Restaurant

Without doubt the finest restaurant around Mombasa, Tamarind looks out over the harbour. Laced with high white arches, this refined restaurant has a superb menu that looks to Asia for inspiration and includes things…
Top Choice Cafe in Nyali Beach


Inside Nyali City mall, Cafesserie has the best selection of cakes on the coast. But it doesn't end there: the breezy, chilled-out place has a crowd-pleaser menu of brunch items, bagel sandwiches and heartier mains,…
Top Choice Italian 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 the…
Top Choice Seafood in Bamburi Beach

Imani Dhow Restaurant

This traditional Zanzibari dhow on the grounds of Severin Sea Lodge is Bamburi's most atmospheric restaurant, complete with creaky wooden floors and ceiling and evening mood lighting. Go for flambee crab, Swahili-st…
Italian in Bamburi Beach

Il Covo

You'll find salt-licked walls, white tablecloths and – if you eat in the intimate little cove at the end – breakers crashing beneath your feet at this charming Italian/Japanese spot. The tuna carpaccio starter and t…
Fast Food in Nyali Beach

10 Street

Catering both to midnight and regular munchers, this round-the-clock fast-food joint has baffling decor (vintage red telephone box, menacing wide-angle shot of pigeons), friendly service and very good burgers. Choos…
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 Mtwapa…
Cafe in Nyali Beach

Java House Nyali

We know, we know. It's a chain, but it's Kenyan and it's a good one. Java House's coffee always goes down a treat, and we're big fans of its BLT sandwiches and milkshakes. The Nyali branch has enough in the way of h…
Pizza in Bamburi Beach


This beachfront pizzeria makes the best ice cream in town. (We've never heard anyone disagree.) The pizzas are pretty good too, as are the burgers, only rivalled by the views out to sea. Good for an atmospheric dinn…
Italian in Nyali Beach

La Veranda

This reliable Italian restaurant is behind Nakumatt Nyali shopping centre, with a big pizza oven, al fresco dining on the verandah and reasonable prices.