Taking inspiration from the cultural confluences that have left their mark on East Africa since its early trading days two thousand years ago, The Exchange will also be a thoroughly modern dining experience. The restaurant will be located on the 8th floor of Nairobi’s newest tower, now under construction, and will be the destination restaurant within the Hyatt Regency.
The interior design will weave a story of Africa meets Asia and old meets new. The palette is of the old world, the colours of spices and rustic wood finishes. The aesthetic also references the geometric patterning of traditional Kenyan baskets, translating this into the floor tiling, screens and ceiling details – combined with such high-quality finishes as leather upholstery, marble and contemporary pendant and wall lights. Simple trestle tables used for food displays as well as the dining chairs hint at safari lodge furniture; emphasis will be placed on local sourcing, both for reasons of authenticity and sustainability. Exposed brick walls will add to the narrative and provide the canvas for eye-catching murals interspersed with eastern tapestries and African artwork.
While both a playful and a polished interpretation of the city past and present, The Exchange will be the restaurant of choice in Nairobi for international and local clientele wishing to enjoy vibrant cuisine and a lively ambience.