10 Expat Hang Out Spots in Kenya

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  22 September 2017       Tripindigo       5 min read



Kenya is a renowned tourist destination in Africa and it’s also home to the large expat community. The country features a wide range of foreign businesses and multinational companies with a lot of expats working there. Apart from business or work, the popular East African country is well-known for its variety of hip hangouts and entertainment venues such as chic bars and plush restaurants. Thus, it’s difficult to let the day slip away without a drink or a place to relax and unwind.

If you’re considering ditching your stateside job to move to Kenya, then you’re on the right path. Apart from sightseeing and shopping, there’re plenty of leisure activities to keep you entertained all through your stay in the country.

Check out these 10 expat hangout spots in Kenya to wet your whistle:

1. Gipsy Bar

It’s the best place to hang out on weekends! With arrangement for both liquor and food, and with a dedicated dancing and seating area outside, it sure figures high on the list of must-visit places for expats. With a liberal atmosphere, the bar stands out in the Kenyan nightlife scene. The bar attracts tourists, locals and expats who are looking for some nightlife fun. Ensure you pack your wallet with enough dough before coming here – the prices are premium.

Location: Woodvale Grove, Nairobi, Kenya

Gipsy bar Nairobi

A view from outside Gypsy Bar

2. Village Market

Located in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, Village Market is a prominent shopping complex with entertainment and recreational facilities. With around 150 retail outlets, village market happens to be one of the most popular hangout spots for expats in Kenya. It can get a bit crowded with tourists sometimes, but it’s a great place to wander, soak up the air and enjoy a delicious meal and drinks from one of the popular bars and restaurants such as Ohcha Noodle Bar, Mambo Gelato, Pomodoro, Osteria, Orchid and many others.

Location: 9/418 Limuru Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Village Market Nairobii

An aerial view of the Village Market

3. J's Fresh Bar & Kitchen

Popular among Kenyans as well as their expat counterparts, this bar and restaurant can indeed be called a desirable hangout spot in the city. This restaurant has an open vibe with an ambience that is extremely casual. Expats unite here after a busy day at work to relax and unwind with beer and wine. The menu features a wide range of delicious meals that will make your taste bud come alive.

Location: Muthangari Dr, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

J's Fresh Bar & Kitchen, Nairobi

Chillig at J's Fresh Bar & Kitchen by Intripi

4. The Alchemist Bar

Once you pay a visit here, it will become your permanent weekend chill point. With awesome food and variety in liquor options, you are sure going to thank yourself for having tried out this spot. With an excellent choice of fierce dinks, the more expats are amply catered for. The bar is not as pretentious as many others in the city.

Location: Parklands Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

The Alchemist Bar, Nairobi

Outdoor vides at The Alchemist Bar

5. Havana

If you are looking for a place for late night food and drink, Havana is the option for you. With unmatched service and scrumptious food, you simply can’t say ‘no’ to this bar cum restaurant. The music here is definitely a plus! This unpretentious expat hangout spot can get very lively at night. Even though it’s filled with expats, it attracts locals too.

Location: Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi

Havana bar and restaurant Nairobi

Late nights at Havana, Nairobi.

6. Skylux

Feel like hanging out in a trendy lounge? Wish to move your body to the best music tracks? Well, head to Skylux! Starting from a luxurious, chilled out ambience and great vibes to above par service and mouthwatering cocktails, you get everything here.

Location: Westlands Rd, Nairobi City, Kenya

Skylux Lounge, Nairobi

Skylux Lounge, Nairobi.

7. Casuarina, Mombasa

What will excite you most about this spot is the economy in food and liquor prices. Another thing to look out for is the music here. If you are a night owl, who wants food, drinks, and music all at one location, then Casuarina is the option for you. It’s like a home away from home for the expatriates in Mombasa.

Location: Mombasa - malindi highway, Mtwapa

8. Il Covo, Mombasa

Il Covo is located on a white sandy beach - Bamburi, and that surely is the USP of this restaurant. What also attracts expats and locals to this spot is the ambience, which is extremely lively and fun-filled. With great food and jazzy music, Il Covo is the hangout spot for a tasty cocktail.

Location: Along Kenya Bay Road, Bamburi, Mombasa, Kenya

Sea views at Il Covo, Mombasa

Sea views at Il Covo

9. Osteria Restaurant, Malindi

With a variegated offering of foods and drinks, Osteria Restaurant has been an all-time favourite among expats. Situated in a beautiful beach location – Silversand Beach, this hangout spot can definitely steal your heart. With an adventurous atmosphere and groups of expats parading around, it’s certainly a good bet for some delicious meals and drinks.

Location: Silversand beach, Malindi, Kenya

10. Whispers Coffee Shop, Lamu

With a lovely outdoor seating area, and great snacks to munch on, Whispers Coffee Shop can indeed make your coffee all the more special. Owned by an expat, the coffee shop serves delicious desserts and real cappuccino in town. No wonder the place is crowded with expats.

Kenyatta Rd, Lamu, Kenya

Which is your favorite?

These are the 10 most desirable spots in Kenya where expats love to hang out. Hit them one by one, and experience fun in its truest sense! Hit us up on social and let us know which is your favorite!

If you enjoyed this post we recommend checking the post below for more info on the hotspots in Kenya:
Best Nightlife Spot's in Mombasa
Best bars in Nairobi
Best Restaurants in Nairobi

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