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Zanzibar Restaurant Guide

Find the best Zanzibar restaurant recommendations on your Tanzania trips with these tips from our experts.

Through the course of its turbulent history, Zanzibar has seen many regimes rise and fall. This is amply reflected in the diverse cuisines found on this island – from African and Arabian to European and Indian. Here is a list of our favorite Zanzibar restaurants.

Top Zanzibar Restaurant Tips from our Experts

Authentic and Economical: Ma Shaa Allah Cafe

Mkunazini Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zansibar

Hearty, quick and easy on your pocket – Ma Shaa Allah Cafe ticks off all the right boxes. If you enjoy authentic, unpretentious meals, this is the perfect restaurant for you. Dig in to some of the best Indian cuisine you are likely to find on the island. We recommend the curries, either with rice or freshly baked Naan bread.

Mid-range: The Rock

Michanwi Pingwe Beach, Pingwe, Zansibar

The Rock – it’s name says it all! This iconic eatery is built on a small boulder in the middle of the sea. The you walk to the steps leading up to The Rock at low tide, or take a small boat during high tide. The food and decor are simple, but the unique location and fantastic sea view more than make up for it. Fish, seafood dishes and pasta are the all-time favorites at The Rock.

High-end: Tea House – Emerson Spice

Tharia Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar

Emerson Spice offers a spectacular view – you can not only gaze at the light blue ocean but also have a panoramic view of Stone Town. Enjoy a delicious sundowner as you watch the sun go down behind this UNESCO World Heritage site. Seafood starters at Emerson Spice are one of a kind, often refined by aromatic spices that Zanzibar is famous for. With only a few tables available at the Emerson Spice, make sure you have a reservation.

Discover the best Zanzibar Restaurants on your Tanzania Vacation

Cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper – Zanzibar will have even the most discerning gourmands satisfy with its wide array of dishes and cuisines. Discover the spice farms on the island and sample their culinary treasures. Your Travel Consultant will be happy to share Zanzibar restaurant recommendations and book a table for you as well!

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