The former abandoned mixed-use development in the city’s Westland district is now home to NSK, a thriving hub of activity for foodies, artists, and families alike.
NSK, described as one of Nairobi’s “most instagrammable projects,” is home to 11 brands and concepts designed and created by Studio EM’s interiors and branding teams, as well as sister duo and Simba Corp co-founders Alyana and Alyssa Popat.
Taking inspiration from food markets and street food concepts from all over the world, NSK is an assault on the senses, from the food on offer to the thriving and bustling environment created and adorned by gorgeous murals and artworks created by local artists from the city.
The concepts on offer include a Mexican street food concept based out of a chopped up VW Winnebago and an Indian restaurant inside an old disused Leyland bus. Nood is a cheeky Singaporean noodle concept and Butter’d Buns is a burger concept. Spilt Milk is the all day café concept that anchors the project along with the Library 68 wine bar. Other concepts include a BBQ Smokehouse, Pizzeria, A Chicken concept and a sweet truck as well as a rooftop bar.
This is Studio EM’s first step into East Africa and commenting on the project, founder and creative director Emma Stinson said: “We didn’t exactly tip toe into the East African market, rather, we jumped in and landed with a thud, thanks to the support from a really ambitious client. It was such an amazing project to work on with a fantastic client in Alyana and Alyssa who also put their own unique spin on the project, the results are just awesome and we look forward to doing even more in the region.”