In Summary
  • Madamme Connoisseuse treats herself to a Swahili dish at a Mombasa restaurant and is blown away by the ambiance.

Having travelled extensively along the Kenyan coastline, Mombasa is not exactly my favourite stop.

My preferences for a coastal getaway tend to veer towards remote locations and unspoilt beaches, and I’ve always found Mombasa to be far too crowded, particularly during peak tourism seasons like now.

I, however, happened to be in the city this week and ventured out to Fort Jesus with a friend on a whim.

As we strolled down the charming Old Town taking in the Portuguese and Arabic influences in the architecture and haggling with the curio shop vendors over their overpriced goods, we chanced upon Forodhani Restaurant at the end of the street.

I’m a sucker for Moorish architecture and it is actually the intricately curved wooden Swahili door that first attracted me to this place.

Walking in, we were confused for a minute because the ground floor was empty yet the walls outside announced a restaurant. A man in a white kofia, who may have been a host, finally directed us to take the stairs downwards where an al fresco dining set up awaited us on the terraces on two lower floors.

The best part about Forodhani has got to be its prime seafront location, adjacent to the scenic Tudor Creek and overlooking the old harbor ,which is actually still functional.

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