Thorn Tree Café
African, American, French, Greek, Italian
The Thorn Tree Café is an open-air brasserie/bistro-style café that has been an storied part of the historic Sarova Hotel. This sidewalk Café has long served as a central meeting place in Kenya, and was originally named after an acacia tree that served as its centerpiece and was used as a message board for passing travelers. Over the years it has also been a popular hang-out for high profile guests, most notably, Ernest Hemingway. Today, the Café still retains its position as a central meeting place in Nairobi’s business district (and still provides a message board, although more for nostalgia purposes) and is a popular destination for breakfast, dinner, and evening cocktails (the latter often being accompanied by live themed music such as Jazz and African fusion). It serves a range of beer, coffees and juices and cooks a variety of Western dishes including wood-oven pizza and crepes. Reservations can be made by calling the Hotel front desk, and takeaway service is also available.
Corner of Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue
P.O. Box 30680 – 00100
Telephone: (254) 020 275 7000 / (254) 20 316377
Fax: (254) 020 2229388 / (254) 20 2249757