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Things to do in Lamu

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Lamu. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Lamu attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Lamu to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Lamu.

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  • Alilamu

    Attractive collection of modern African folk art and abstract paintings. More
  • Aman

    Best shop on the island for stylish clothing: Kenyan-made leather bags and belts; beaded leather sandals; soft linen slacks. More
  • Anna Trzebinski

    Furniture, beaded suede jackets, kikoi robes, and housewares from the Nairobi designer. The waterfront space is her first freestanding shop stocked... More
  • Lamu Museum

    Originally a 19th-century Swahili home, this tidy museum contains rare ceremonial horns, furniture, jewelry, and other artifacts related to the his... More
  • Petley's Inn

    Convivial rooftop bar with a mix of locals, visitors, and flirty "beach boys." More
  • Sea Suq

    A small complex with a coffee shop and boutiques carrying African jewelry, clothes, and objets d'art. More
  • Tusitiri Dhow

    Hire this large, traditional-style sailboat with a uniformed crew for day or overnight cruises. Pickups from Lamu Old Town or Shela Village. More

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