Parklands Neighbourhood Guide

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Parklands is located close to City Park, which is how it got its name. It has a close proximity to Sarit, Westgate and Highridge. It has a large population of people of Asian origin.

Map

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History

Back in the day in the 1940s, Parklands was a highly congested neighbourhood with houses which were set aside for civil servants by the British people. Later on in the year 2000, it became a mixed suburb with residential and commercial properties. The majority of people who live in Parklands come from Asian descent.

Schools

Just like the neighbouring suburb, Westlands, Parklands has different schools for children in primary, high school and university. Some of the schools include; Premier Academy, Parklands Primary School, Visa Oshwal Primary School, Indian Public School, and Aga Khan Academy.

When it comes to high schools, there is Oshwal Academy Nairobi Junior High, Parklands Arya Girls Secondary School, and Highridge Secondary School.

There are 3 major universities in Parklands, each offering specialized curriculums. They include University of Nairobi School of Law, Aga Khan University School of Nursing & Midwifery and Kenyatta University Parklands Campus School of Law.

Healthcare

Parklands has one of the largest hospitals in Nairobi, The Aga Khan University Hospital. Other hospitals in the area include Avenue Hospital, M.P. Shah and The Brain, Spine and Rehabilitation (BSR) Hospital.

Restaurants

Mister Wok

This Chinese restaurant has the perfect blend of fast food and a formal dining experience. All the dishes like vegetables, chicken, steamed dumplings and sauces are made from scratch once you place an order.

Maharaja

Located right opposite M.P.Shah Hospital, Maharaja offers a vegetarian cuisine at affordable prices for budget meal plans. There is a wide variety of Indian food to pick from with the right portions. Enjoy the garlic chips, butter naan, masala fries, chilli paneer and many more.

Shangrila Restaurant

With its traditional Chinese character decor style on the ceiling and wooden carvings, Shangrila is a harmonious place to be. Just like the name suggests, “A Place of Bliss”, get to experience a mix of Indian and Chinese cuisines made by chefs who have worked in different parts of the world.

Galitos & Pizza Inn

When you think of Galitos, the first thing that comes to mind is the flamed grilled chicken. Depending on your preference, your order can either mild, hot or extra spicy chicken. When it comes to pizza, Pizza Inn has everything you are looking for. Some say the pizzas there are unmatched.

Chowpaty

For a relaxed and fine dining veggie meal experience, it is hard to overlook the Chowpaty Restaurant. The menu has a large proportion of vegetarian offerings with delicacies such as Khumb Khas which is a mushroom dish stuffed with paneer and potatoes cooked in onions and tomato gravy. You can’t run out of options because the menu has a variety of items from Indian dishes, Chinese, Italian, burgers and sandwiches. The beauty of all this is that these meals are all vegetarian.

Diamond Plaza Food Court

Saving the best for last, we cannot forget to mention the food court at Diamond Plaza. Whether you are a sweet tooth, vegetarian, love meat, or you’re looking for a quick bite, get ready to get spoilt for choice when you visit this place. Expose yourself to different cuisines at an affordable rate while you hang with your family and friends.

Nightlife

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K1 Klub House

With the modern look and African features that target both partygoers and business people, K1 will leave you dancing your troubles away until the wee hours of the morning. With different sections of the bar with a unique decor style, you’ll end up feeling like you’ve visited different places. Order your drinks from either of these bars all under one roof: Pitcher and Butch, Heaven Bar, Paradise Bar, Cocktail Bar, Spice and Shed Bar, all in K1.

Wave Lounge

Stimulate your taste buds with different cuisines as you sample the wide cocktail variety and the exquisite wine menu. For all the hookah/sheesha lovers, Wave Lounge is the perfect spot to hang with your friends as you try out the different flavours available.

Shopping Malls

Looking for a convenient place that is close to both residential and commercial property, where you can shop, enjoy a meal, and conduct business meetings, Diamond Plaza Shopping Complex has you covered. Other shopping malls include SkyMall and Highridge Shopping Center.

Things to Do in Parklands

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K1 flea market is a popular place where people showcase their crafts, accessories, fashion items, jewellery and even books. The perfect Sunday plan to hang with friends and enjoy brunch and happy hour.

Having peace of mind and body is one of the most important things we should need in our life. And what better way to achieve this than to practice yoga at the Africa Yoga Project. You will select a class schedule that works for you according to how much free time you have.

Do you enjoy climbing? Or maybe you want to do it for the first time. Visit BlueSky, the Indoor Climbing Gym located in Diamond Plaza 6th Floor. You can do a family climb, take your kids along, have a beginner class and also get private lessons.

For all the nature lovers, Nairobi City Park has good trails to talk a walk or jog. Get to enjoy a beautiful garden with different species of flowers. With an open space, you can have a romantic picnic with your loved ones. Just remember to carry extra food for the monkeys.

See also:

Kilimani Guide Kileleshwa Guide Westlands Guide Lavington Guide Karen Guide

Maureen Mbithe
Content Writer at BuyRentKenya