Pubs & light meals
The smart set with withdrawal symptoms might head for the designer beverages of Chit Chat Café
, on 5A Omelo Mumbwa Road (marked as Omela Road on some maps, between the Great East and Church roads). It serves a trendy choice of coffees, teas, fruit-juices and milkshakes on its L-shaped veranda, plus substantial breakfasts, light salady lunches and even burgers (albeit not greasy ones). There is a selection of overseas magazines for sale, and Chit Chat caters very well for children. If you're wondering about the prices… don't go! It closes on Mondays, but opens 09.00–19.00 Tuesday–Thursday, 09.00–11.00 on Friday and 10.00–19.00 at the weekend.
Manda Hill has its fair share of fast-food outlets, but far more interesting here is Fra Gigi café
, an Italian-owned café which is a pleasant place for snacks and light lunches, including Italian salamis and cakes etc and soft drinks. Expect to pay around US$3.50 for a sandwich and soft drink. Also in this complex is Vasilis, which has good rye bread and comes well recommended for coffee and pastries (though give the sausage rolls a miss!). O'Hagans
, the ubiquitous Irish bar, complete with Guinness, has found its way to Manda Hill as well, with a happy 'hour' from 17.30 to 19.00 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The menu here holds no surprises, with half and full portions of salads at US$2–4, and main meals from bangers and mash to steaks at around US$6–9. The brand new Arcades complex has several cafés and bars.
Cairo Road is staging something of a comeback with the opening of La Patisserie
in Farmers House, just by Barclays Bank. Light and airy, it's open Monday–Friday 07.00–17.45 and Saturday until 13.00, and is popular for salads and sandwiches from around US$2. There's a range of fresh breads and croissants as well, while hot drinks include a selection of herbal teas. Hidden behind the building is the exceptionally good Engineers
– listed under Restaurants below, but popular at lunchtimes.
Elsewhere in the city, try Svea's on Alick Nkhata Avenue for light lunches, morning tea, coffee and cakes (open daytime only); or the Alliance Française
café which specialises in quiche, salads etc (open lunchtime and evenings till 19.00, but not licensed).