Stone Town has many dining opportunities, from small and informal cafés to the larger international standard restaurants.
You can also find a few cozy and romantic spots offering breathtaking views and atmosphere.
Major hotels & resorts offer world-class cuisine, imported wines and a mix of local delicacies but local cuisine should not be under estimated! Zanzibaris are very creative in their cooking and have an abundance of herbs & spices at their disposal. Local food is often healthier since it contains either none or hardly any preservatives.
Some restaurants and hotels especially in Stone Town do not serve alcohol so confirm this before you decide where to eat. In Stone Town, you will find quite a good nightlife with many bars and hang outs where you can try some of the local beers. Where most major hotels & resorts usually have bars and other social venues on the property, smaller beach lodges often share a communal beach bar, which makes an ideal setting for parties.
UMMISSABLE LOCAL DELICACIES: Zanzibar Pizza – A combination of omelette and pancake stuffed with vegetable and meat with a vegetarian option available upon request. A sweet version is also made with bananas and topped with chocolate sauce. Kachori/Katlesi – Fried balls of mashed potato and meat, or vegetables. Chapati – The classic flat Indian bread. Mkate wa ufuta – A fluffier version of the chapatti made with coconut cream and topped with sesame seeds. Sambusa – Triangles of deep-fried pastry filled with mince meat and onion or vegetables. Chipsi za muhogo – Cassava crisps; a thicker, crunchier version of potato crisps. Muhoto – Roasted cassava roots served piping hot with a sprinkling of chilli powder. Mishkaki – Grilled kebabs of marinated beef, chicken or fish. Pilipili hoho – Chillis or a sauce made out of the chilli. Mandazi – A sweet doughnut sometimes flavoured with spices. Kashata – A peanut & caramel sweet usually eaten with the local coffee. Local Beers – Kilimanjaro, Tusker, Safari Local Gin – Konyagi