Finding peace in the Amani garden cafe

The Amani Garden Cafe in Westlands, Nairobi. PHOTO | JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • It was chilly enough for it on Jamhuri Day in the Amani garden, especially when the gusting wind lifted the table cloth – and the first drops of rain fell. And the Amani non-alcoholic toddy was excellent. As well as my stomach, my mood warmed too. So I explored the food menu with a more positive anticipation.
  • It was from her own experience as a refugee that her vision of working with marginalised women emerged. With Magdalene from Mozambique and Lucy and Veronica, both from Sudan, she established Amani Kenya.
  • If you forgot someone’s Christmas present today, then you might well find something suitable at the Amani ya Juu craft shops in the compound.

It was Jamhuri Day and the family unanimously voted for a celebration lunch – which would be the last one in 2016 since, for once, we were going our different ways for Christmas. As for the place, the vegetarian and fellow-travelling members, outvoted me – they chose the Amani Garden Café in Westlands.


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