Top things to do in Mwanza

Market in Mwanza

Mwaloni Market

Mwaloni Market, under the roof with the giant Balimi ad, is quite a spectacle. The city’s main fish market, it also has lots of fruits and vegetables, most shipped in on small boats from surrounding villages, and th…
Notable Building in Mwanza

Old German Mansion

Sitting atop Robert Koch Hill, the old German mansion is a Mwanza landmark with great views of the city and lake. Abandoned, it is a fun 'adventure'; several people now live here informally, but if you introduce you…
Bar in Mwanza

Yun Long

While a dinner here (mains Tsh15,000 to Tsh20,000) is worth it for the waterside view and the leafy lakeside garden overlooking Bismarck Rock, the best reason to come is to enjoy a relaxing drink and watch the sunse…
International in Mwanza

Hotel Tilapia

The hub of Mwanza’s expat population and a magnet to passing tourists, the restaurant of the Hotel Tilapia has an attractive terrace overlooking the lake. Pied kingfishers chatter and squabble as you choose anything…
Hill in Mwanza

Robert Koch Hill

Smack in the city centre is Robert Koch Hill, with an attractively decrepit German-built mansion at the top. To get here, push through the bustling market, and take the trail through the beer garden and past all the…
Landmark in Mwanza

Jiwe Kuu

One of the more interesting rock formations around Mwanza is Jiwe Kuu (Big Rock), which some people call the Dancing Rocks. Many round boulders sit atop this rocky outcrop north of town and have managed to last for …
Indian in Mwanza

Breeze

No longer open-air, the Breeze restaurant has little in the way of character, but is known for producing decent Indian food. There are also Chinese, continental and Swahili dishes, including several styles of tilapi…
Club in Mwanza

Flames

Part of the New Mwanza Hotel establishment, Flames is a fun spot to dance and enjoy meeting locals, but don't expect to carry on much of a conversation – the music is heart-thumpingly loud. Bartenders will gladly mi…
Tanzanian in Mwanza

DVN Restaurant

Excellent local fare is served fast and cheap in this church-run place with an old-fashioned cafe look and feel. There's no menu, just a daily special like fish and side dishes. It's behind the post office and the S…
Indian in Mwanza

Sizzlers Restaurant

Quiet during the day, this cheap Indian joint transforms into a hive of buzzing activity in the evenings. This is when people grab a streetside table and tuck into the chicken tikka, which sizzles on the hot coals o…