Top things to do

Top Choice Barbecue in Arusha

Khan's Barbecue

This Arusha institution is an auto-spares store by day and the best known of many earthy roadside barbecues around the market area by night. It lays out a heaping spread of grilled, skewered meat and salad. If you w…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Arusha


What started out as a small enterprise making beaded necklaces has branched into furniture, paper, clothing and many other products, mostly using recycled materials and made by disabled workers. Their products are s…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Arusha


A comfortably casual spot with an enticing menu and by appointment you can cook for yourself over a charcoal stove at your table. Finish off the meal with baklava, Turkish coffee or sheesha (water pipe). Also has a …
Top Choice European in Arusha

Bay Leaf

Arusha’s poshest menu features dishes such as figs primavera (parma-wrapped brie and stuffed figs with sticky balsamic toffee), slow-cooked West Kili lamb shanks, and Wellington of game birds (wrapped in 'ethereal' …
Top Choice International in Arusha

River House

An offshoot of the inspiring Shanga project, diners at River House are greeted with champagne and then served a huge and delicious four-course lunch in gorgeous gardens – it's part buffet, although soup and the dess…
Top Choice International in Arusha


As good for breakfast or a quiet afternoon coffee as for a more substantial meal, this sophisticated bakery has free wi-fi and serves up exciting dishes such as beef fillet with blue cheese sauce. A very cool place.
Top Choice International in Arusha

Blue Heron

Our pick of the garden restaurants that are a recurring theme out in Arusha's east, the Blue Heron gets the tricky combination of lounge bar and family restaurant just right. Sit under the leafy verandah or out on t…
Top Choice Handicrafts in Arusha


Fabulous handicrafts and classy homewares, children's toys and national parks maps – Schwari has picked the best of local crafts to produce one of the loveliest collections on offer in Arusha. Better still, it's att…
Indian in Arusha

Big Bite

One of the oldest and most reliable Indian restaurants in Arusha. Don’t let the modest premises or fast-food-esque name fool you.
Fast Food in Arusha

Geekay’s Take-Away

For local flavour, try Geekay’s Take-Away with inexpensive plates of rice, ugali (a staple made from maize or cassava flour, or both) and sauce.