Stone Town has many dinning opportunities, from the small and informal café’s to the larger international standard restaurants as well as the cozy and romantic spots offering breathtaking views and atmosphere.
Major hotels & resorts offer world class cuisine, imported wines and a mix of local delicacies. Local cuisine should not be under estimated though, Zanzibaris are very creative in their cooking and they have an abundance of herbs & spices at their disposal. Local food is often healthier since it contains none or hardly any preservatives.
Some restaurants and Hotels (especially in Stone Town) do not serve alcohol, be sure to confirm this before you decide where to eat.
In Stone Town you will find quite a social 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 for great parties.
A couple of local delicacies not to miss:
Zanzibar Pizza – Combination of omelette and pancake, stuffed with vegetable and meat. 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 – Classic flat Indian bread
Mkate wa ufuta – Fluffier version of 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 chili powder
Mishkaki – Grilled kebabs of marinated beef, chicken or fish
Pilipili hoho – Chili, or chili sauce
Mandazi – Sweet doughnut, sometimes flavoured with spices
Kashata – peanut & caramel sweets
Local Beers – Kilimanjaro, Tusker, Safari
Local Gin – Konyagi