Nairobi, Kenya
Edwin, 23
Artist, Illustrator, Danceaholic
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What are the Nairobi spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Alchemist, Js, Baobox and K1.

Do’s and don’ts in Nairobi: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Do's: Always be friendly. Have an open mind that you’ll meet every type of character. Be ready to get hiked prices so always have a Kenyan friend to bargain for you. Must try: Ugali, Wetfry and Kachumbari. When using matatus, be sure to confirm with one of the passengers about your intended destination. Always help out the people on the streets with food and clothing mostly. Don’ts: Club hopping. You will be caught for loitering. Enter a matatu without confirming the destination with one of the passengers or the conductor. Leave the country without trying out the vibandas.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an illustrator and I do it because art's a talent that makes me happy and also a way to reach out to people.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Hmmmm, let's say sh.2000

Which Nairobi shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Levis, Mr. Price and Converse

Your all-time favorite musicians:

There's so many. I'll give two current musicians: Leon Bridges and Odunsi.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Westlands, Ngong Road and Thika road

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

River road

What’s the one place in Nairobi you think is underrated?

Thika road

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Magic Planet (Two Rivers) or Wasp and Sprouts

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Nairobi?

Chicken Inn - 24hrs

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Go with a friend for indoor chilled gigs. Go for a movie. Go watch a Kenyan play.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Kuona trust, Railway museum, Baobox

Your go-to brunch spots:

Artcaffe or Connect Coffee

Your perfect night out in Nairobi includes:

Having dinner with friends and letting the night proceed to wherever, everyone will agree on. I don't like planned nights.

Which local creators do you admire?

Michael Soi, Jeffrey Onyango, Patti Endo, Lyra Aoko and Osborne Macharia

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Chicken Inn, Sanford (Town) and the local vibandas.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Nairobi. How do you spend it?

Call all the amazing friends you made and having dinner while also playing games at Baobox.

You’re meeting the mayor of Nairobi - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Lmao, the list is endless.

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