Places to eat in Zanzibar Island

  • Mangi's Bar & Restaurant I
    Mangi's Bar & Restaurant I
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    Mangi's Bar & Restaurant: A 'Pole Pole' Zanzibar Restaurant Relaxation Way

    by spocklogic Written Sep 20, 2013

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    Mangi's is literally right on South Beach in Nungwi (located in the northernmost tip of Zanzibar). This is about as close as a place can get on beach level without being part of the ocean in a robust high tide. The beach is right there (within 10 meters) complete with the sounds of the waves and the air & smell of the ocean. The building is like a large hut with thatched roof. Seating is all outdoors, although part of it resides under the roof. There is an open view to the ocean wherever you sit.

    It seems to be a popular hangout on South Beach in Nungwi and was always full with patrons in the evening. It serves customers as both a bar and restaurant, plays an interesting mix of music, from vintage and popular American to tropical sounds and even multilingual ballads now and then. There are some pool tables as well for a bit of activity. We hung out here a couple of nights in Zanzibar. It's an idyllic spot for enjoying an evening with drink or having a meal. Everyone seems happy, the drinks are reasonable in price and while the food is not spectacular, it's fairly good. The service is a bit slow (as it's usually busy) and the staff seem easily confused with orders and tickets, but the location and atmosphere more than compensates.

    Although I am not much of a beach person, this spot really had some beach ambiance to offer in my opinion. Coming from me that is high praise actually. There are several hotels in the local area to stay at that are within walking distance from which you can enjoy this Bar & Restaurant. Right next door is "Z Hotel", which is more upscale, but well known. We stayed at "Safina Bungalows", more of a budget place, but just a few minutes walk to the beach & Mangi's. I would have given it 5 stars, but the staff really do get confused easily. Perhaps this is part of its charm too (meaning no harm) and the "Pole, Pole" (slowly, slowly) demeanor is a Zanzibar way. The busy nature of a place like Mangi's exceeds the ordinary pace sometimes I think. Good or bad I guess depends on your viewpoint maybe. It's so relaxing here you find the "Pole Pole" ways within yourself, and that is its true charm I think.

    Really, for me - 4 stars the first visit, and 5 stars the second and once I embraced the philosophy of going at a slower pace of life in Zanzibar. Average - 4 1/2 stars. Fair enough, eh? Check out Mangi's in Nungwi, and try to capture the spirit of "Poli Poli" in Zanzibar Ways with a good mix of people, music, drink and food right there on the beach. Good atmosphere, good people and good ocean side ambiance too.

    Favorite Dish: The fish was fresh and tasted good.

    Mangi's Bar & Restaurant I Mangi's Menu angi'd Bar & Restaurant II Evening Ambiance Fish dish
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    Langli Langli: Nungwi Beach Seafood

    by cafank Written Mar 2, 2010

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    We really went in here because of the sign - and we have a wonderful meal - seafood of course - then there was the fact that it was BYO - a real novelty as it was so hard to but any alcohol here.

    It was a nice restaurant - I had been eating on sand restaurants most times , this was overlooking the bay and very pretty early evening.

    Favorite Dish: Lobster but there were lots of cheaper options. Also local food - very tasty

    Restaurant sign - great food
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    Forodhani Gardens - a Dining Pleasure

    by cafank Written Mar 2, 2010

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    OK so it's not really a restaurant but it is the place to go for a wonderful evening. where you can eat as much as you want very cheaply.

    Once sunset begins dozens (hundreds?) of stall holders begin setting up there stalls at Forodhani Gardens in front of the Old Fort. They sell finger foods such as small kebabs, fried chicken and cassava, octopus and samoosas, there is a host of choices for any palate.

    By being able to go from one stall to another and choose food to be cooked for you you can have the best from many restaurants - well food stalls. And there are drink and fruit stalls too. You can eat on the grass in the gardens or take your food with you.

    Favorite Dish: Seafood BBQ, fresh squeezed cane juice

    Forodhani foodstall at night Forodhani by day
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    Sunset restaurant: Enjoy the Sunset

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 15, 2009

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    Sunset Restaurant
    This restaurant also has a wide sundeck on the oceanfront. We had seaburgers that came with diet busting French fries that are so hard to resist. It is another good pick to enjoy the evening sunset. The waiter was a bit dodgy however and had a special math we had to correct a couple of times.

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    Union Restaurant: Eat on the Beach

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 15, 2009

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    This spot is a short beach walk from the Langi Langi. It was a wonderful spot to watch the little boats bobbing and the local children play at the waters edge. The tables are set in the sand under a thatched roof and a chalkboard out front tells all the day’s Specials. We had kingfish steaks which was served with chips ,rice and vegetable curry ,all for$6.00. Behind the bar there’s a TV and we got a kick out of the children gathered beneath a palm tree on the beach trying to catch a peak.

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    Lover's Restaurant: Fish and View

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 15, 2009

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    Lover’s Restaurant
    All along the beach there are restaurants . We liked to stroll along and choose a different one each day. Lover’s restaurant is part of the Aman Hotel complex. They always have music playing and large wicker seats with big colorful cushions. We enjoyed one of the best fish burgers of all time here. Served with nice crispy chips ,it was a pretty good price at $7.00. The dinner menu looked tempting too with loads of seafood.

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    Forodhani Gardens - food stalls: THE BEST BARBECUE IN (STONE) TOWN !

    by DAO Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    Enjoy octopus, shark, king fish, chicken, and more. Every night in Forodhani Gardens large tables of food are put up and the stallholders all have a barbecue grill on the top. You choose your dish and they heat it up. They will put a 'curry' sauce on, but not too much! It is more of a hot pepper sauce. Prices are negotiable, but watch out. Some tables will try and charge you 10 times what the next table will ask for the same thing. Negotiate a price for one piece, then a lower price for 2 and so on. If there is a tourist cruise ship in the harbour, a lot more table appear and they prices can be just the same as an indoor restaurant. Find someone who will give you reasonable prices and stay with them. Small pieces of meat or a kebab stick should be about 500-700 shillings. It is recommended not to eat shellfish in low tourist season. If you ask you can find the man who brings you cold beers to you for 1000 shillings each. This is an event in itself and not to be missed!

    Favorite Dish: Octopus with some spicy sauce!

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    MONSOON RESTAURANT - (Stone Town): NICE AND HOT

    by DAO Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    The outside looks like a French-style veranda from New Orleans with cushioned seat and lush mini-gardens keeping the tables cool. From this little oasis of tranquillity you can oversee the harbour and nearby islands. This is an excellent, but not cheap, place to enjoy a cold tropical drink. The daily specials are written up on a chalkboard at the door.

    Service is good quick and friendly. Some night they have Arab-style music. Menus vary, but do contain many African dishes. They have a 3-course meal for about $10. If you order wine, be specific! If you ask for red wine they just bring the most expensive one.

    The inside is lavishly decorated like an Arab home. Low tables are accompanied by a myriad pf cushions to sit on the floor. The walls are decorated with different art objects and lighting reminiscent of North Africa. The only problem? It is VERY HOT inside. Dress in shorts and t-shirts would be in order!

    Favorite Dish: There are different 3-course specials on the board. They are good value and good quality.

    MORE FANS NEEDED !
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    BOLLYWOOD GRILL: THE ONLY BBQ RESTAURANT IN STONE TOWN

    by DAO Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    I call this Bollywood Grill, but it actually has no name. The owner is a nice man who runs a hygienic place to eat at a great price and the sodas are ice cold. He actually has a grill outside of the restaurant and a grill man (pictured in the corner). Everything is covered and made fresh. A large plate of meat, salad and fries will cost you about $1.

    I call it the Bollywood Grill because the owner has decorated the walls with Bollywood movie posters.

    A little hard to find but worth it.

    Favorite Dish: Grilled chicken & beef skewers

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    THE OLD FORT RESTAURANT (STONE TOWN): HISTORIC ENTERTAINMENT

    by DAO Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    This restaurant and entertainment venue is located inside the Old Arab Fort. Open everyday between 8am and 10pm, they have a large menu serving local and international food. They have a special 'Night At The Fort' every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 7-10pm. The night includes a special Buffet Barbeque with a variety of seafood, meats, salads and fresh fruit (plenty to eat for vegetarians),

    'A Night At The Fort' offers Zanzibarian entertainment. Tickets are sold at the front office and are $10 for BBQ and show and $5 just for the show only.

    The entrance to the Fort and front office View from the walls inside the fort
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    Mercury Restaurant-Stone Towne.: Don't miss the fresh sea food!!

    by Abubakari Written Aug 27, 2003

    Mercury Restaurant is located at Mzingani street over looking the sea view.African music enterteinment when sun down,Hard drinks and soft,Transfers cab available to the Beach East or North.

    Favorite Dish: Sea Food,African Food,Zanzibarian Spices Food and English Food.
    Our food it is so good couse of our proffesional cheffs and management.

    Behind of the Restaurant
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Zanzibar Island Hotels

  • Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel

    Nungwi, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Zanzibar Palace Hotel

    Kiponda Street, 831, Stone Town, 3392, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • The Z Hotel Zanzibar

    , Nungwi, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

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