Thorn Tree Gardens & The Famous Thorn Tree Cafe Nairobi in 2023

Thorntree Gardens/Thorn Tree Gardens

Location of ThornTree Gardens Nairobi

Thorn Tree Gardens is a bar and restaurant off the Eastern Bypass in Mihango, Nairobi.

It serves grilled fare as well as cocktails. It has a lot of outdoor space as well as a pool table.

Thorntree Gardens Photos

Thorn Tree Cafe Photos

Swahili Friday at Thorn Tree Cafe
Message board at Thorn Tree Cafe

Thorn Tree Cafe Menu

Thorn Tree Cafe Nairobi

The Thorn Tree Cafe in Nairobi, Kenya, holds historical significance and is a well-known establishment in the city.

Here’s some information about it:

  1. History: The Thorn Tree Cafe has a rich history dating back to 1902 when it was established. It is located in the heart of Nairobi and has been a popular meeting place for travelers, adventurers, and locals for many decades.
  2. Iconic Thorn Tree: The cafe is named after a large acacia tree with a thorn-covered trunk that stands in the center of the cafe. Historically, this tree served as a well-known landmark and meeting point for travelers in Nairobi. People would leave messages, notes, and messages for fellow travelers on the tree’s bark, creating a primitive bulletin board.
  3. Message Board: The Thorn Tree Cafe became famous for its message board, where travelers would pin notes, advertisements, and inquiries about travel-related matters. Before the digital age, this was a valuable source of information for travelers seeking advice, recommendations, and companionship on their journeys.
  4. Transformation: Over the years, the cafe has undergone various renovations and changes, and the original acacia tree was replanted two times: in 1959 and in 1998. Despite these changes, the Thorn Tree Cafe has retained its historical charm and significance.
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The Food Disappoints

My disappointment began as early as when the waiter placed the plate in front of me.

Next to two puny little pita pockets was a huge serving of fries.

For something that is obviously a healthful choice, I couldn’t understand why Sarova Hotels would choose to serve a huge portion of fries as an accompaniment.

It felt to me that whoever had put together the dish or menu had not thought it through very well.

Anyhow, I did my best to ignore the french fries and decided instead to dig into my (puny) pita pockets.

That too was disappointing.

The pockets barely had any hummus. Hummus was the main reason for my selection in the first place!

Food at Sarova Hotels' Thorn Tree Cafe

Suffice it to say, I didn’t enjoy my meal at all that day.

I wonder if this is what the rest of the menu at The Thorn Tree Café is like.

Have any of you, my readers, had more experience there that you would like to share?

If you do, I would like to hear all about it.

Should I give the Sarova Hotels’ Thorn Tree Café another chance, or was my experience there typical?

Have your say in the comments section below,

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Photos Credits: Moovit, The Kenyan Wall Street, Dine with Jemutai, Girl in Blue Jeans, Samuel Waweru, Samuel Mutai, About That

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