Top ChoiceItalian in Pemba

Locanda Italiana

Something of a vision in the quiet, well-worn streets of the baixa, this Italian-run restaurant serves up al dente pasta (the ragú is excellent) and wood-fired-oven pizzas in the flower-embellished courtyard of a...

Arts & Crafts in Pemba

Artes Maconde

Even if you don’t think you want to buy crafts, it’s worth stopping in at the excellent Artes Maconde at Avani Pemba Beach Hotel. It sells a wide range of quality carvings, crafts and textiles sourced from...

Beach in Pemba

Wimbi Beach

Pemba is all about Wimbi Beach, located 4km east of the downtown area. The attractive arc of sand is backed by a varied but never oppressive collection of beach bars, eating joints and places to stay. Swimming is...

Area in Pemba


If you only visit one of Pemba's bairros (townships), make sure it's Paquitequete, located beside the bay downhill from the centre. Dominated by its waterside fish market and distinctive green and white mosque,...

Market in Pemba

Mercado Mbanguia

Pemba's most interesting market is in the Natite neighbourhood near where Avenida Marginal meets Avenida Eduardo Mondlane. It's a large, sprawling affair that seems to sell everything bar, possibly, the kitchen...

Seafood in Pemba

Clube Naval

The default expat hang-out, the good ole naval club enjoys a prime waterside setting just off the western curve of Wimbi Beach. Sundowners are practically obligatory here, but the restaurant also has a large menu...

Steak in Pemba


A good old South African–style steakhouse, 556 sits on the hill overlooking the port and bay. It serves up barbecued meats, plus chicken grills, pizzas, hamburgers, grilled prawns, squid, pub food and ice cream –...

International in Pemba


The restaurant at Kauri Resort overlooks the Indian Ocean in more ways than one. Parts of the menu also look to India for inspiration and there are Chinese dishes too. It's the local seafood, however, that tops...

Seafood in Pemba

Wilson’s Wharf

Burgers, seafood and meat grills, and hearty breakfasts are offered at this place in the baixa (old town), with views over Pemba Bay and one of the world's deepest natural harbours.

Deli in Pemba


The pricey but well-stocked Procongel is attached to Wilson’s Wharf in the baixa, with produce, imported cheeses and gourmet items.

Cafe in Pemba

Pastelaria Flor d’Avenida

It doesn't look much from the outside, but this long-standing, informal eatery with mainly outdoor tables delivers the goods when it comes to coffee and pastries.

Seafood in Pemba

Pemba Dolphin

Directly on Wimbi Beach, the very relaxed Dolphin has a beach-bar ambience, seafood grills and pizzas, and live music from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

African in Pemba

Restaurante Rema

This scruffy little Wimbi Beach joint is on the non-beach side of the road. It's a good spot if you want to escape the expats and go for a local vibe.

Market in Pemba

Fish Market

At the Paquitequete neighbourhood’s northern edge is a small fish market – it's a good place to drink in a bit of the local Mozambican spirit.

Viewpoint in Pemba


When you get to the end of Avenida Eduardo Mondlane, stop and take in the view of the world's third-largest natural harbour.

Cemetery in Pemba


Up on the hill behind the governor’s mansion is a large cemetery, with fragrant frangipani trees shading the Christian and Muslim graves. Close to the sea is a section containing Commonwealth war graves.