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Restaurants and Dining in Zanzibar

hotel restaurants  I  stone town restaurants

As you can imagine, the Spice Island has some marvellouw cuisine, a fusion of eastern dishes contributed by India, China, Seychelles, Arabia and African cultures.
There are many wonderful places to eat in Zanzibar.


Most of the hotels have good restaurants - some of the best are:

Emerson & Green's Tower Top Restaurant lies high among the minarets, temple towers, and church spires. It is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary eating venues in the world. Located on the roof of the building, it makes guests feel as if they're on top of the world as they sip exotic drinks and watch the sun disappear into the Indian Ocean.
Tel +255 77 7423266   Email: emerson&

Mbweni Ruins Hotel's Raintree Restaurant and Mangrove Bar. The Restaurant is set on a cliff over the ocean in this haven just south of Stone Town on the beach. Delicious food cooked in International style with Zanzibar flavour can be sampled here. The chefs use the freshest ingredients including tropical fruits and vegetables, Island fish and shellfish and a variety of tender meats. Tel +255 24 223 5478/9   Email:

Zanzibar Seafood
Seafood dinner overlooking the ocean at Mbweni Ruins Hotel

Mtoni Marine offers you a choice of 3 fine restaurants:
Mtoni Marine Restaurant
Candlelit fine dining with a fusion of classical continental cuisine and the aromatic spices of Zanzibar. Venture into the passionate world of flavours with unique service and a delightful selection of wines and private collection of spirits.
Mcheza Bar and Bistro
Go casual and enjoy oven baked pizzas or pepper steak; don’t worry you'll miss out on your sports, here you can even watch your favourite rugby match or soccer final at our little sports café..
For tantilizing sashimi and homemade Sushi in a beautiful setting under Afro-Japanese Thatchroof.. Sense the Spice in Style...
Tel +255 24 2250 140   Email:

Zanzibar Serena Inn has a fine restaurant and a coffee shop.
Tel: +255 24 2 233587 Email:
About 30 minutes drive from Zanzibar's Stone Town, the Serena Mangapwani Restaurant and Watersports Centre is a pleasant place to go for the day. Visitors are offered a fresh seafood barbeque.  Guests can also enjoy fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, catamaran rides and other pleasant distractions at the watersports centre.

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There are plenty of restaurants and cafe's, mostly in Zanzibar Stone Town:

Amore Mio Cafe serves delcious ice-cream and simple food. Situated by the ocean in Shangani.

Fisherman's Restaurant opposite the Tembo Hotel in Shangani, serves an inviting selection of fresh-caught fish.

La Fenice is another restaurant in Shangani with an ethnic atmosphere where the arabic and swahili style melt together. There is a sea-front terrace and they serve italian and Swahili cuisine. The food is good and at very reasonable prices. Its a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset with an ultra-creamy ice-cream or a refreshing cocktail. Entertainment at night with music and dance exhibitions. Open all year round. Christmas and Easter menu. Party catering.

In the evenings you can eat in the open at Forodhani Park in front of the Fort and the House of Wonders. Hawkers set up food stalls ranging from squid and octopus, beef and chicken on skewers, Roasted Maize and Cassava, meatballs and many other enticing tidbits.


The advantage of eating at Forodhani Park is that the food is relatively cheap and you can enjoy your meal in the cool evening breeze while watching the sunset over Zanzibar.
An average meal would cost you about Tsh 3000 (£2 or $3).

Mercury's Restaurant
A five minutes' walk from the Old Fort: walk past the Sultan's Palace and look for it after the Big Tree, on the ocean side of the road. Set on decking above the beach, there is pleasant simple food and a good bar while you watch the tide move in and out.

There are several restaurants serving Indian food: the Maharaja, Luna Mare (near the old Post Office) serves Italian food as well. Or try Chit Chat Restaurant (behind St. Joseph's Cathedral) and Camlurs Restaurant. Both are owned by Goan families who live on Zanzibar in traditional Stone Town houses.

The only place serving authentic Chinese meals is the Pagoda next to the German Consul's residence.

Coconut Hat


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