Kenya is a world-class destination for safaris, breathtaking beaches, and intriguing culture and traditions. What it’s not known for is a foodie destination for vegans. While there is a strong meat culture, there’s no shortage of spots to grab a meal as a hungry vegan or vegetarian. From Lentil Curries to Paneer Tikka, Sweet and Sour Tofu to Sushi, Nairobi isn’t in short supply of vegetarian-friendly or pure vegetarian restaurants making it a melting pot of cultures.
Here’s our pick of the best vegetarian/Vegan-friendly restaurants in the city. What’s your favourite vegetarian-friendly restaurant?
Chowpaty Pure Vegetarian Restaurant
Walk straight into Diamond Plaza, Westlands Rd any day from Mon-Sun between 11:00 am-9:30 pm for some authentic vegan cuisines. Chowpaty is one of the top vegetarian restaurants in Nairobi. Home to Nairobi’s finest Indian cuisines, they have a clear idea of what’s vegan. There are also Italian dishes like pizza and pasta as well as Chinese cuisine. Their exceptional service has earned them a 5* rating, not forgetting their fair prices. Additionally, with anything from 500- to 2000 shillings, you can enjoy a variety of dishes. Additionally, you can choose while enjoying the magnificent ambience.
Like any other Ethiopian restaurant, Abyssinia will boast an array of spicy, wholesome vegetarian dishes unique to these regions – and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tried. What makes Abyssinia particularly good is that they also have a selection of good Vegan Injera on their menu. The portions are big and the venue is ample to accommodate friends and family at a comfortable budget of around 700-1500 shillings.
When in dire need to escape the hustle and bustle of Nairobi for a few hours enjoying some scrumptious dishes, Boho eateries will offer just that.
Located at 60 Ndovu Rd in Hardy, Karen, the top garden restaurant offers you top-notch delicacies and a space to unwind your busy days. Nonetheless, Wholefoods restaurant focuses on conscious and sustainable living with its menu being primarily plant-based and currently includes Malaysia laksa with fried tempeh, spicy black bean tacos, a falafel platter and a variety of vegan desserts.
If there is a joint that actually screams ‘Vegan then Food train is the place. However, the Asian restaurant offers a detailed vegan choice on its menus, such as sushi and Chinese and Thai dishes with tofu or vegetables. Located at KenRail Tower, Ring Rd in Parklands you can sample various cuisine. Dubbed a haven for foodies, Food train is famed for its pocket-friendly dishes and the huge portions in every service to top friendly service.
They absolutely contest for one of the best vegan spots in the nation. They offer the best Ethiopian cuisines. The Delicious and best part of it is the blend of spices and large portions that come with that.
Having won Best Value for Money Restaurant at the Taste Awards, it’s a firm favourite with foodies in the city. Whether you are alone or with a group of friends/ family the Argwings Kodhek located restaurant will serve you perfectly and on a relatively friendly budget. Additionally, their Vegetarian platter is a must-try. It’s easily a meal for two if you’re not that hungry and want to share.
About Thyme is another picturesque vegan-friendly restaurant in Nairobi. Located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Westlands, it has a lovely garden setting and a robust menu to choose from. Come here for a boozy mimosa brunch. About Thyme offers an eclectic menu with imaginative, well-prepared and beautifully presented dishes from around the world. There is something to cater for all tastes with a wide range of vegetarian dishes. Their desserts are a special treat and have become famous over the years. They offer just about any reason to share fantastic food and ambience with good people