My Writing/Reading Spots: The Library

“The simple act of sitting here sipping this cappuccino is its own testament to my commitment to living the writer’s life. Which is to say: doing nothing but doing it exceedingly well.”
― Sol Luckman, Beginner’s Luke

The Library booth

Since Covid, I haven’t been going out to write, or pretend to write, in cafés and restaurants as often as I used to. Now, I go once or twice a week. Nairobi has some great spots in malls and some hidden gems in residential areas.

I decided to go to Sarit today, the aim was to go to this small, coffee shop. Just on the next level at the food court, these gorgeous black and orange chairs caught my eye. I had to go see, you’d never know where the inspiration to zhoosh up your place will come from. Then, I discovered this new spot that’s less than a month old – The Library.

The Library

The booths caught my eye, social-distancing style, one could say.

The orange and black chairs, and the booths.

They got this tiny space and used it so well to create this charming place with soft music and a laid-back ambiance. When you go upstairs you find that it does live up to its name. There’s a large bookshelf with some interesting titles, a cosy sitting area and a place suitable for working.

The Library’s Bookshelf

They really put some creative thought into it.

The menu and bill box designs:

Menu and bill box.

Even the names of some of the items on the menu – I had The Novel, a satisfying cucumber, mint, and orange juice. The food is pleasant, my vegetarian smashed avocado sandwich was filling and tasty. My friend had chicken wings with shoestring chips, and I’m guessing from the clean bones left on her plate that the dish went well.

It’s also placed on the best level of Sarit, an open, airy and light space with trees and fresh air, you can easily forget that you’re in a mall.

I’m definitely adding it to my list of coffices, to work, or simply enjoy coffee with one of their books.

Where: The Library, Sarit Centre (Nairobi), 2nd Floor

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