Top things to do

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 Ruins 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 por…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Bamburi Beach

Haller Park

This lovely wildlife sanctuary, part of the Baobab Adventure complex, includes a fish farm and reptile park. Guided walks around the park last about 1½ hours, or else you can wander the trails that meander through c…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Nyali Beach

Bombolulu Workshops & Cultural Centre

This non-profit organisation produces crafts of a high standard and gives vocational training to physically disabled people. Visit the workshops and showroom to buy jewellery, leatherwork, sisal bags, carvings and t…
Top Choice Cafe in Nyali Beach

Cafesserie

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

Monsoons

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…
Marine Reserve in Bamburi Beach

Mombasa Marine National Park & Reserve

The offshore Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve has impressive marine life, although it cops some pollution from industry in the area. You can hire glass-bottomed boats for a couple of hours for around KSh2500…