About Us

Shamba Café & Shop organically grew into a “farm to table’’ restaurant, farm shop and garden center. The idea of Shamba Café & Shop started in 2016 when Paul and Squeaks Simkin took Michelle Gilardi to the plot. Michelle was looking for a location for her next venture in Kenya. The two-acre plot surrounded by a 500-acre farm at the University of Nairobi/College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science.Michelle reached out to Chris Wahome who came up with the design and Gakuo Ndirangu, a squash friend and structural engineer who made it all happen.

Our Cuisine

Shamba serves global inspired healthy cuisine with weekly specials and pizza from our wood fired pizza oven. It is open from 9 am daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch and early dinner Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The wine list is extensive, catering to all tastes, the bar is fully stocked and we have a creative cocktail list . The shop promotes delicacies and products grown, made and produced in Kenya and a selection from the University. Some of the last coffee grown in Nairobi is specially roasted and sold in our shop. The garden centre setup is complete. We currently have a limited selection of herb, plant and tree seedlings, succulents and pots.

5 Reviews for Shamba Cafe


201 Reviews

Lunch in a relaxed countryside environment

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5/ 5

If you are one of those people who like places where you can lazy around in the afternoon as you enjoy vegan foods then Shamba Cafe is for you. Shamba Cafe located on the outskirts of Nairobi is aptly named because it sits among maize fields and coffee plantations. As soon as you arrive at the Shamba you feel relaxed in the countryside environment. In this rustic setting are two buildings designed like old barns. A large grey barn serves as the main restaurant. It has a high ceiling from which hang bronze and orange round light fixtures. They brighten up the dark seats and sage-colored upholstery. The large open green spaces with plenty of shade from tall trees provide plenty of room for your kids to run around and roll on the grass as they wait for the kid’s vegetarian platter or the macaroni and cheese. It is family, friend, and dog friendly too. The service was impressive, the waiters were switched on and helpful. For lunch, we started off ordering only three things to share because we weren’t sure whether we would like the food or not. We ordered the vegan pizza because I hadn’t had that from outside in forever. Most places in Kenya don’t offer vegan pizza so I was like we have to get that. We also ordered the Sopa Azteca (Tortilla soup) and lastly, we got some regular fries because fries are life lol. As I said, I needed to get some food in me so I was so excited when the food came and looked so good. We tried the pizza first and it was amazing! They allow you to choose your toppings for no extra charge. The soup was amazing too, and the fries were awesome too. We also ordered some dessert because as we all know there is a different stomach for desserts. They had a vegan brownie sundae which I was SO excited to try. Once we were done eating, we decided to walk around to burn off some of the thousands of calories we had just eaten. Shamba Cafe Serves meat, and vegan options are available. Restaurant & farm shops offer clearly marked vegan dishes such as breakfast and brunch platters, shakshuka, soups, hummus, quinoa bowl, zucchini noodles, sweet chili tofu, pizza, brownie sundae, house-made sorbets, and more. Has plant milk for coffee and tea. Hosts live music events and weekend activities for children. Overall, this was an amazing experience. I would so recommend going to Shamba Cafe if you’re ever in Nairobi. Seriously, don’t miss out on this wonderful place. It has something for everyone, whether you’re vegan or not.

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Angel Ngugi

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4.2/ 5

” There is this cute little spot that I wouldn’t mind taking you to” is what my boyfriend said to me on Valentine’s Day after he told me to get dressed since it was going to be a surprise. The drive to Loresho is calm on sunny afternoons as it is currently in this summer heat. Immediately I clocked that we were headed to Shamba Cafe, my excitement peaked. Shamba is Swahili for garden and Shamba Cafe is surrounded by a farm and has a greenhouse on the premises. The interior decor is pleasing to the eye and the cafe is quite spacious. I would advise having a reservation to get your preferred table, especially on busy days, like Valentine’s Day weekend. You may opt to sit inside, like us, or sit outdoors in the garden. The cafe is very family-friendly, I might add. As soon as we were seated at our preferred table, our menus were handed to us and we decided on the Ruttini Cabernet Sauvignon and the Apple Pie as an aphrodisiac. The dessert was an absolute delight. They have a wide selection of platters to choose from as well. After our wine, my date bought me a lovely bouquet of red and pink roses with baby’s breath from the convenience store on the premises. My experience overall was an 8/10.

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Never been so disappointed

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2/ 5

Had my first date here with my partner and it always had a special place in my heart. So naturally, we we’re excited to ‘revisit’. On getting there, we waited 10-15 mins to even get anyone to attend to us. We ordered a meat platter that arrived (surprisingly, pleasantly) quick within 3 mins. Except the sausages were overly smoky, all the meat was dry and flavorless, fries were tasteless and super dry and we had to chase down 3 different staffers for us to get salt and tomato sauce. The cocktail (Negroni) tasted soooo bitter it was undrinkable and the Kenyan tea was watery yet frothy. We couldn’t drink either. Oh, we got the wrong bill twice (much less than we owed- but we’re not the kind of people to run away/ even with terrible service). It was a Sunday and I could excuse a bit of a slow service. But everything combined was just one big disappointing experience.

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Ken Chege

398 Reviews

My new favorite spot.

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3.8/ 5

This is one of the most beautiful spaces I’ve been to in Nairobi. It is located in Loresho Ridge some 30 minutes from Nairobi CBD and a cab cost about kes 400. I had seen its pictures and reviews on social media so I and my partner chose to have dinner there a while back. First of all, the site of the barn is like nothing I’ve seen before. Hats off to the designers. I immediately noticed all the vendors in that space. I think that is a lovely touch. You can get anything from groceries to calabashes. Plus the space is huge, even a children’s play area. The place was packed by the time we got there( at around 6 pm) but they managed to find us a spot. The food was good but the sunset was even better. I know I’ll have to go back and I can’t wait.

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hazel luvuno

90 Reviews

Hidden gem in Nairobi

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3.8/ 5

Located at Loresho Ridge, Nairobi, this restaurant is quite the site. The environment here is scenic. It has a lovely outdoor atmosphere. We went here with a group of around 6 people. We arrived at around 12 and were lucky to get a table as it got busy after a few. I’d suggest making a reservation. This restaurant is known to source all it’s good from their shamba so everything is super fresh. We got a variety of food from the menu, including a shamba burger which was 1100KES , a meat lovers pizza that was 1200KES, barbeque pulled pork which was 1100KES and some beef fillet that was 1850. Their fries were 300KES. Everyone really enjoyed their meals. You really dont feel time flying when you are here. We ended up staying till sunset and it was so beautiful. The food takes quite some time to prepare so dont go if you are in a rush. This place also has vendors around selling different things, from seedlings to jewelry. Perfect for families, intimate breakfasts or dinner or just a group of friends like us.The space is an excellent location for birthdays and team building. Their food is not halal for muslims so I’d recommend not eating the meat from here. This place is quite the hidden gem in nairobi.

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