Cost of food in Kenya

by Alley
(Cambridgeshire, UK)


I'm wondering how much food costs in Kenya, specifically groceries and restaurant meals, compared to Britain?

Many thanks.

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Dec 29, 2010
KENYA FOOD
by: Anonymous

How much is food and mineral water in kenya?

Nov 04, 2010
food in kenya
by: titus

Thanks alot to the invention of computers... you type in a question and you get the ans.well i was born in kenya but live in te west.i am coming for vacation and was trying to economise on spending, but got to watch heathy foods. i got the ans i am looking for.

Nov 04, 2010
food in kenya
by: titus

Thanks alot to the invention of computers... you type in a question and you get the ans.well i was born in kenya but live in te west.i am coming for vacation and was trying to economise on spending, but got to watch heathy foods. i got the ans i am looking for.

Jan 16, 2010
cost of groceries and food
by: Irene. O

In the past I often got the question what do you eat when you are in Kenya? What kind of food do they have there?

Well I was suprised what you all can eat in Kenya. Only if you want to maintain the European standard in Kenya when you live there then you must know that it will be expensive. Ok vegetables, potatoes, meat etc are still much cheaper then in Europe the imported stuff is very expensive. You end up paying more then 10 usd for a Keloggs Cereals packet...

In the big shops like Nakumatt and Uchumi you can get everything. Lots of imported things. But also local food, vegetables, potatoes. Kenyan rice but also rice from other countries, noodles, milk products local yoghurt but also imported. Milkpowder, coffee, tea.. plenty of cookies, sweets, cheese.. from the Netherlands.. What ever you can get in Europe you get it in Kenya only more expensive. Only local products are reasonable. Fish is cheap and really delicious and fresh!

Talking about meals in restaurants. When you visit a local restaurant in a small village you can have your dinner or lunch for less then 1 usd.. But you must know that it is quite risky to eat those meals. The kitchen is mostly not very hygienic. There are some good local restaurant but check the kitchen first!

There are some local restaurants where you can see tourists or European residents having their meals and if you see them, you can trust the restaurant! You pay about 2 - 3 usd for a plate with Ugali with beef stew. Or chapati ( Kenyan pancakes) Sukuma Wiki ( kind of spinat) Chicken stew with rice,and yes the fish like Talapia. Try also pilau it is a local meal, rice with species.

In the more known restaurants you can have a great meal and still pay less then in Europe. The chicken in La Marina in Mtwapa just to mention one, is delicious and cost about 15 usd. The seafood plate for 2 people is more expensive like 50 usd but even for that money you wont get it here what is all on that plate!

In restaurant Carnivore you can eat unlimited meat fresh from the barbecue and it cost about 30 usd per person.

So it all depends what you want to eat, the quality and where you are. Hope this helps

Regards
Irene O.


Jan 16, 2010
Food Glorious Food
by: Archie Melrose

Alley,

First of all let me tell you the good news. Eating out is about 50percent cheaper than it is in UK and even more if you steer away from the tourist restaurants. Believe me I love red meat but I decided to go native every time in Kenya over the last 3 years. Ugali [maize flour dumpling] is the alternative to our potatoes, vegetable dishes with lots of spinach, tomatoes and onions are full of vitamins. Nyama Choma - Goat meat either roasted or stewed is the favourite or Kuku [Chicken] are the favourite meats. Talapia [Fish] is just to sweet its hard to believe you ever had anything so tasty before.

Ok prices and I can only provide local info [Nakuru - Rift Valley]

Evening Buffet - Meric Hotel - All you can eat - 800ksh - about £7.50 [soup/main/dessert]

Bubbles Restaurant - Leg of goat plus Ugali - 300ksh - about £2.50 / Full chicken about the same

Markets
Open air markets are the best place to buy fruit/veg and fish. Yes there are supermarkets which are just the same as UK when it comes to variety of products but I prefer to buy in the markets or stalls. If you are not happy about sticking a live chicken in your bag then someone will dispatch it for you !! Cost for a family of 4 for a weeks groceries - about £20-30 as long as you steer away from imported tinned foods.

Hope this helps

Archie


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