Kenya’s coolest, cutest gastro-cafe, the Tin Roof Cafe in Karen is a cosy, boutique coffee shop offering an impressive range of home-made salads, cakes and toasted sarnies, served by super-friendly staff. Just 200m from the Karen Crossroads (along the Dagoretti Road) and nestled in a converted home, the Tin Roof blends a bit of Surrey farmhouse with a Parisian pavement, all under a bright and airy African verandah. Plug sockets at every table, fast internet, board games and a free book-swap all help make this gem of a restaurant a very welcome change from the identical McCafe chains which have blossomed in Nairobi. There’s even a pétanque pitch in the garden which doubles as a children’s play area. They offer delicious sweet and savoury pancakes for lunch, quiches, fresh juices tree-tomato, pineapple and passion fruit juices, smoothies, some very indulgent cupcakes. Our only complaint is that it can get quite busy at lunchtimes. Overflow tables run into the garden, which is no bad place to be, but it’s best to book unless you are happy waiting for a table.