Dhow Palace Rooftop Restaurant: Dining over Stone Town
This is a restaurant situated on the roof of the Dhow Palace Hotel, in the middle of Stone Town. Especially nice at dusk, with the view of Stone Town beneath you and enjoying a nice, cool sea breeze.
The food is varied, from seafood to indian dishes - and very tasty!
PS: No alcohol is served at this restaurant in compliance with Muslim beliefs!
Rosa dei venti restaurant: DON'T MISS IT!
is a small restaurant near the beach (about 6 tables), inside the Rosa dei venti BB. If you wanna eat here you have to book in the morning for the evening, table and what you wanna eat. The owner buys fresh fish in the local fishermen village.
Favorite Dish: the best try is pasta with crabs, or hoctopus soup in coconut sauce with rice. I love it!!!
they have also grilled or fried seafood or fish, pasta, vegetables and for italian only ....real espresso!!!
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Mercury's: Queen at the beach
At the beach of Stone Town you can find a special bar and restaurant, Mercury's, named after Freddy Mercury, the flamboyant singer of the rock-group Queen.
He was born in Stone Town as Farok Bulsara. In Mercury's you can find pictures of him and Queen and buy T-shirts.
Mercury's is a lovely place at the beach. Several times we spent our lunchbreak here, because of the cool seabreeze in the roofed open-air bar in combination with the perfect view at the beach, the blue ocean and the tiny islands just in front of the coast.
Favorite Dish: The salads are delicious. There is a salad with the name Freddie's choice, telling it was his favourite. Maybe, maybe not. Farok left the island as little kid and never came back.
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Blue Sea Restaurant & Bar: Nungwi Scattered Beachhuts
Along Nungwi's beach front there are lots and lots of scattered Wooden restaurant buildings serving everything from woodfired pizzas, pastas to african delicacies and more. This is just one. I went to a few. Cant remember which ones. But they were all nice. Just watch out for the cats that sometimes jump you laps at some!
Favorite Dish: There was one that had woodfired pizza. Yummo. Much enjoyed....
Mercury's: For a view befitting a "queen"!
Dedicated to Freddie Mercury who was born in Zanzibar as Farookh Bulsara in 1946 to Persian immigrant parents, this restaurant is right on the waterfront in Stonetown.
Great location, extensive menu including some cocktails with interesting names and lovely zanzibari open decor. But be prepared to wait for upto an hour for your food because this place is always very busy.
We watched tourists getting on and off Chapwani Island ferry boats. You can also spot numerous dhows and bigger boats sailing through the harbor as your enjoy your meal at Mercury's. Definetly worth a visit for the view!
Favorite Dish: Local seafood specialty curry
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Nungwi Village Beach Resort Restaurant: Great location on the beach
Great views to the ocean; Extensive menu; Efficient wait staff and very reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Ndogo Ndogo was my personal favorite. It's a local zanzibari chicken curry served with steamed rice.
If you are a fan of ginger, Kuku Tangawezi is recommended.
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open air markets
Youve gota try the food at these open air markets , the seafood is fresh of the boats and cooked in front of you theres also a variety of other grilled foods etc its excellent.
Favorite Dish: try the char grilled octupus its the best.
Stone Town - try the sunset grill, above the sunset bar, which as it implies is a great place to watch the sunset. They do steaks and all other kinds of food. Or try Sweat Eazy - they have thai and african on the menu and the food is fantastic!
Nungwi - the Sea blue cafe does a seafood bbq for 4000 shillings which is pretty good but not very big portions, the restaurant next door does better food and it has sky tv!
Favorite Dish: Seafood is good but also the thai food at Sweet Eazy especially with all the Zanzibar spices on it, pretty hot!
Being in the island of the spices and with such plenty of quality fish available, you would expect a higher niveau in the local gastronomy. However, compared to the continental food in Tanzania, you will think is the most sophisticated meal you have ever tried.
Favorite Dish: I do not remember the name of this restaurant. The food was not extraordinary, but you could enjoy a beautiful view of Stone Town while eating.
Too many to mention. In Stone...
Too many to mention.
In Stone Town there are lots of similar small restaurants selling curry as there is a sizeable Indian minority. Very good, very cheap.
Otherwise locally caught seafood: fish and shellfish, cheap and very fresh, obviously!
Outside Stone Town there are no restaurants unless you go to a posh resort hotel (pricey)
Fat Fish: Fresh Seafood
Varied cuisine, fresh seafood and wonderful view out to the beach!
Favorite Dish: A local zanzibari seafood curry served in a conch. Spicy and yummy!
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