In Summary

  • Street building through history
  • Honor to the late Kenya’s liberation struggle
  • Businesses and activities along the streets

The streets of Nairobi are becoming over populated  making it hard for visitors who are not familiar with the city to navigate around it.

We take a look at some of the notable streets around the Central Business District.

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Tom Mboya Street

Tom Mboya Street/Photo Courtesy


Victoria Street was renamed to Tom Mboya Street in honor of the late Tom Mboya, a high-level government official and co-founder of Kenya’s liberation struggle.

It connects Khoja Bus Terminal to Haile Selassie Avenue.

Along this street you will find,  Tom Mboya Post Office, Odeon Cinema, Khoja Mosque, Afya Centre, Kenya National Archives, Odeon Cinema Bus Terminal, and World Business Center.

Additionally there are shopping complexes such as Imenti House, Jade, Sasa Mall, Domino Shopping Mall, and Maduka Exhibition.

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Kenyatta Avenue Street

Sixty Avenue was renamed Kenyatta Avenue as a tribute to Kenya’s first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Notable attractions along Kenyatta Avenue include the Nairobi Gallery, All Saints Cathedral, the Galton-Fenzi Memorial, Cafe Maghreb, Cafe Deli, Sentrim 680 Hotel, and Kipepeo Restaurant.

At the furthest end of Kenyatta Avenue are the General Post Office (GPO) and the infamous Koinange Street.

Kenyatta Avenue is a very important link between uptown and downtown Nairobi as it cuts through the Central Business District.

Kimathi Street

Kimathi Street/Photo Courtesy


Kimathi Street was known as Hardinge Street. It was renamed in honor of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi.

It bears the  Dedan Kimathi statue that was designed by Francis Kaguru.

Notable businesses along Kimathi street include  Valentine Cake House,  Sarova Stanley amongst others.

Muindi Mbingu Street

Muindi Mbingu Street gets its name from the famous Samuel Muindi, a former elder on the Kenyan Coast.

Initially going by the name Steward Street before being renamed in honor of Muindi for his freedom-fighting efforts during British colonial rule.

This phenomenal street is lined with business complexes, tattoo salons, forex bureaus, banks, churches, and restaurants.

Mama Ngina Street

Named  after Kenya’s First Lady, Mama Ngina Kenyatta, the wife of the late President Jomo Kenyatta, the street boasts a significant number of high-end businesses.

Along Mama Ngina  street you will find the iconic IMAX movie theater, Potters House, Hakuna Crafts, Maru Art Gallery, Mama Ngina Cafe, and Highlands.

If you are looking for handmade wood carvings and artwork, Mama Ngina Street is the place to be

Other Notable streets in Nairobi City Include

  • Ronald Ngala Street
  • Delamere Avenue
  • Moi Avenue Street
  • Uhuru Highway
  • River Road
  • Ngara Road

Whether you are traveling alone, with a group of friends, or with your family, make sure you have it right on the streets direction to the location.

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