Nairobi notebook

Jackson Biko is our man about town

The-Rouge-DeckThe Rouge Deck
So you want to chill? This is the place to have in mind: the newest pool lounge in the city. It’s where you really need to be on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. DusitD2 hotel, in Riverside Drive, raises the bar with this baby; it’s slushy cool, set next to their swimming pool and boasting of superior decor. Smoke a shisha, order a cocktail or crack open a bottle of frothing champagne. Whatever. This is about you.

Juniper’s Kitchen
This is a trendy hippy joint that serves great brunches while some cool cats spin music from a deejay deck. The owner, Rhi Pulford, an Australian who relocated to Kenya, opened it behind her house to pursue her creative love for food. The seating area is marked with furniture in the form of old barrels, wooden crates and hay on the floor. It’s a great place to while away your Sundays with some margaritas and a laugh with good friends.  Tel: 0707612585

Dari restaurant
OK, where else will you find a restaurant built at the edge of a spring, in the middle of a forest (which is 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre) teeming with indigenous trees, one which is close to 300 years old? A tree the Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai used to go and hug? Dari in Karen is the new spot for Sunday lunches, picnics, and nature trails. Bring the kids with you. Try out their pork chops.

Spa in a garden
Serenity Spa is a house with a lush garden. It’s silver and gold. Zen music trickles from somewhere. Art stares at you from the walls. This is the perfect place to run away from the troubles of your world, or if you just want to reward yourself. You will get lost. If you are lucky, one Ferrero Roche will give you a massage.
Tel: +254 708 20 20 20 | 0702 22 18 77
This is probably the easiest way to get rid of stuff you don’t need. You can sell pretty much anything here, from cars to cows. Log on and sell it.

Calabash Band & Whiskey
Where? Explorer Tavern Whisky bar in Kilimani.
When? Every Tuesday and Thursday
Why? Because Calabash Band is a big deal! 18 years of beating drums, strumming guitars and singing. Any more questions?