Old Town Mombasa

Whilst Congowea market has a distinctly African flavour, Mombasa’s old-town is something different. There is a much more arab flavour to East Africa’s port, with the Swahili culture adding a very nice twist, particularly whilst enjoying a coffee in a little café tucked away in the back-streets.

Walking the streets at dusk during Ramadan, people prepare to break the day’s fast with their Iftar meal. An echo of France—a painted wall advertising “Épices + Thé + Café”—reminds me of last year during Ramadan, when I was walking the outskirts of Paris in a very Maghreb neighbourhood, en route to the climbing wall in Pantin. Things have changed.