Most visitors to Mombasa don’t head into Mombasa town itself but tend to stay in their resort and only venture out of the confines of the hotel to go on safari. If more tourists headed into Mombasa town they will be in for a treat if they go to New Chetna restaurant.
This Gujerati vegetarian restaurant has been dishing out no nonsense veggie meals for years. The lunch thali buffet is great value at £2.50 and seems to get better each time I go there. I first ate here in 1990 and was last there a couple of weeks ago and it was as good as ever.
Haile Salassie Avenue, Mombasa
About an hour south of Mombasa is Diani beach, with the usual white sand, clear water and palm trees.
Forty Thieves bar/restaurant is a popular haunt that opens right on to the beach and at night is an amazing place to sit and watch the ocean.
Food is good, particularly the crab. There is music later in the evenings and a pool table but there are quiet corners and comfy sofas to sit back on and enjoy where you are. Locals and tourists alike go there which tells you something.
Send your feedback or queries to firstname.lastname@example.org