How To Enjoy Lunch In Nairobi, On A Low End Budget

by Cynthia Kendeli  - August 1, 2023

Many Kenyans are caught in a quagmire as to how to spend their lunch time break in Nairobi especially during the financially drought stricken days of the month. Meals in Nairobi city center are unaffordable for most of the people working in Nairobi town. Meals in Kenya can range for as much as KSH 250 in the most affordable Nairobi hotels to over KSH 4,000 in fancy Nairobi hotels such as The Stanley along Kenyatta Avenue or even Hilton hotel in the city center.

Most of the people in Nairobi town have small businesses within the center. There are also touts and drivers who run the Nairobi public vehicles in town. This kind of crowd in Kenya is certainly not expected to afford even the meals worth KSH 250, on a daily basis. If someone decides to have lunch in Nairobi town at an average of KSH 250 per day amounts to KSH 6,250 per month which is largely on the higher side. Carrying food to work in Nairobi is rather out of the question unless one is comfortable consuming the food when cold as it is rather difficult to find a place where you could warm your food. The lucky few could have food flasks and as such they can comfortably carry their food.

Looking for other cheaper options is also an option but this cannot be encouraged as you can never be sure of the health standards maintained during preparation of the food in most areas of the city of Nairobi. There are very many food stalls in Nairobi especially along Haile Selassie Avenue in the Muthurwa market. Food here is sold for some relatively low prices. You can get food for as low as KSH 50. Besides the hygiene factor though, Muthurwa in Nairobi is inaccessible from most places as it is located in the lower periphery of Nairobi city.

You could also grab some snacks in a supermarket around Nairobi town and have them for lunch in one of the Nairobi city parks. To name a few Nairobi parks where a person in Nairobi can enjoy lunch; Central Park, Uhuru Park, Jeevanjee Gardens, Nairobi City Park, Nairobi Arboretum, Paradise Lost among other parks. You could opt to use any of the parks near your work place. This would be a viable idea in terms of experiencing a cool atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi city. Snacks would cost you much less as compared to having food in a hotel in Nairobi. There are other people in Kenya who would opt to have fries in one of the fast foods within Nairobi city center. There are so many fast food restaurants and joints all over Nairobi that sell their goodies at an affordable price. A plate of fries in most City joints goes for around KSH 80, which is rather affordable as compared to KSH 250 in other hotels in Nairobi. These city fast food joints include Nevada opposite Ambassador, Sanford and Sons on Tom Mboya Street, Altona on Tom Mboya Street, Rangers on Moi Avenue, Tenessee and MC Frys on Moi Avenue all in the city centre of Nairobi. Remember most of these snacks are full of calories, so it is probably not a very good idea to practice daily. Again, exercise to keep fit. We don’t you to pile those calories and end up catching these lifestyle disorders in Kenya. The simplest and healthy lunch in Nairobi could be taking fruits. Fruit vendors are all over Nairobi. No more starving!

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