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Kenyatta Rd, town centre, Lamu Island, Kenya
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

After walking the hot and busy streets of Lamu town Whispers is an excellent stop - I had the iced coffee which was amazing and friends had various juices and smoothies. They have a generator so even if the town is experiencing one of the regular power problems - Whispers still operates. The shop next door is also worth browsing... More 

Thank Jean V
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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189 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

In the mainstreet of Lamu Town, on a corner is Whispers. A clean, Well furnished, establisment run accordeons to Western standards. Good coffee, the best masala chai I have tasted in a long time and nice pastries. The restaurant menu is not extensive but caters for everybody within reason.

Thank peter m
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Loved the quiet garden and great food and drink. Best coffee in lamu! Do don't want to pass this by!

Thank L C
London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Very overrated by the guide books, I would avoid very poor choice. Maybe great for locals. Avoid the watery drinks I suspect we picked some tropical nasty up...

Thank McGreevyTeam
Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is adorable and has a great variety of coffees, fresh juices, snacks, and desserts. There is a lovely shop attached that is worth stopping into for beautiful jewelry, wall art, or souvenirs. I always stop in for a cappuccino when I am running errands around Lamu Town. Give it a try!

Thank KellsAbroad
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

After a lovely morning of touring the town we stepped into whispers café for a cold juice and some pastries we sat back in the walled garden area chitchatting with some of the local ex pats it was very informative earlier that evening we went back to whispers for a delicious dinner I had the fish fingers and chips with... More 

Thank Tintinbluelotus
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

On the main street running through Lamu town. Stopped in for a mid morning drink and slice of cake. As other reviewers have commented, something of a curious anomaly within the context of Lamu town. Outside garden is very peaceful and lovingly maintained. Service and food and drink was of a good standard. Western prices and therefore far more expensive... More 

Thank Chico
Nairobi, Kenya
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55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This cafe is like an oasis. It's so nice to step into cool tranquility of this cafe from hot, busy, bustling street of old town. Staff are most gentle and cautious to cater to your requests.

Thank Hayon N
Nairobi, Kenya
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Delightful unfussy food, with even more delightful service. Great cold drinks, great cakes and a unique environment. An unhesitating recommendation.

Thank Michael E
Mombasa, Kenya
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

It is the charming setting, accessible either by passing through the shop crammed full of all kinds of tasteful and interesting curios or through the cafe itself to the 2 peaceful courtyards which are a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the streets which make this cafe/restaurant a must place to visit.

Thank Paul K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kenyatta Rd, town centre, Lamu Island, Kenya
  • Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Lamu Island

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?