Best restaurants in Northern Tanzania

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Arusha

    Blue Heron

    The pick of the garden restaurants that are a recurring theme in Arusha's east, the Blue Heron gets the tricky combination of lounge bar and family restaurant just right. Sit on the leafy verandah or out on the lawn tables to enjoy a menu ranging from paninis and soups to beef tenderloin and various creative specials. The smoothies are divine. There's also a children's menu and a carefully chosen selection of South African wines.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Arusha

    Hot Plate

    Delicious Indian food – including southern Indian specialities, plus some Punjabi and other dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian – is on offer here in a shady, streetside setting. It's off Sokoine Rd, down the small side street just next to Manji's petrol station, tucked away behind a leafy green stand of bamboo.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Arusha

    Khan's Barbecue

    This Arusha institution is an auto-spares shop by day (look for the Zubeda Auto Spares sign) and the best known of many earthy roadside barbecues around the market area by night. It lays out a heaped spread of grilled, skewered meat and salad. If you want to experience Arusha like a local, this is a fine place to begin.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Moshi

    Kilimanjaro Coffee Lounge

    This cafe's semi-garden setting is back a bit from the road, bringing a semblance of peace, and the food ranges from pizza and Mexican dishes to salads, sandwiches, burgers and steaks, alongside excellent milkshakes and juices. There are the makings of a travellers' classic here, although hopefully it's stopped charging for wi-fi by the time you arrive.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Moshi

    Peppers

    Changes of ownership and name (it used to be called the Sikh Club) have done this place the world of good. It's part restaurant serving excellent Indian food (which gets the nod from the local Indian community) and part sports bar for those who like their action on the high screen. There's a pleasant terrace overlooking the football pitch.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Arusha

    Fifi's

    Good for breakfast or a quiet afternoon coffee as well as for a more substantial meal, this chic bakery also serves up exciting dishes such as beef fillet with blue-cheese sauce or Swahili beef stew. Free wi-fi.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Chinese Whispers

    Consistently ranked among Arusha's best restaurants, this place is beloved by the local expat community for its extensive, predominantly Chinese menu with dim sum and all the staples you'd expect, but cooked better than anywhere else in northern Tanzania.

  • Restaurants in Moshi

    Pamoja Cafe

    Following a time-honoured tradition of budget-traveller hang-outs the world over, basic Pamoja Cafe gives the punters what they want with free wi-fi, a funky soundtrack, Western snacks (burgers, sandwiches) and cheap local cuisine, such as nyami mchuzi (beef stew with rice, ugali or chapati). There's also a nightly barbecue from 5.30pm. It's not what it was, but it's still cool.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Via Via

    Cultured and laid-back, with the best soundtrack of any restaurant in Arusha, this place along the river behind the Natural History Museum is a popular meeting spot. It serves coffee, salads and sandwiches, plus more substantial meals like pastas and grilled fish. There’s a decent bar and live music.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Spices & Herbs

    Unpretentious al fresco spot serving two menus: Ethiopian and Continental – ignore the latter and order injera (Ethiopian bread) soaked in beef, chicken or lamb sauce, or yegbeg tibs (fried lamb with Ethiopian butter, onion, green peppers and rosemary). The service is good and there’s plenty of art on the walls.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Eight

    Arusha’s poshest menu features fresh ingredients and creative dishes such as slow-cooked West Kili lamb shanks. Seating is in the quiet dining room or in the shaded, walled garden. It also offers a great wine list (choices by the glass and bottle), as well as separate lunch and dinner menus. It does a popular Sunday brunch.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Le Patio

    Le Patio follows a tried-and-tested eastern-Arusha template: a large garden beneath shady trees, an open fire at its heart, a lounge bar and outdoor tables, all a world away from the clamour of the city centre. The food is mainly French, but there are also the usual salads, grills, pizza, sandwiches and moussaka.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    TapaSafari

    With a semi-outdoor setting, this restaurant and wine bar ticks many boxes. There are snacks, grills, pizza and pasta, but the real stars are the Spanish tapas and extensive list of South African wines. Sundays are especially popular, with a four-course set menu (Tsh26,000) on offer.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Chinese Dragon

    This place at the Gymkhana Club northeast of the centre is in the same family as the wonderful Shanghai. Service and decor are no-nonsense, and the food is excellent – try the shredded beef with chilli and basil.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Africafé

    A fine refuge from the Boma Rd touts, this place has European-cafe vibes with prices to match. The menu is heavy on sandwiches, with other dishes such as grilled meats, burgers and grilled Nile perch with garlic and butter. There’s also a bakery.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Village Supermarket

    Part of the Njiro Hill Shopping Complex southeast of the centre, this place is one of Arusha's best-stocked supermarkets. There's a decent open-air food court outside the door and a cinema complex in the same building.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Cafe Barrista

    Great coffee is why this place exists, but try the chocolate croissant, or fill up with sandwiches, salads and wraps. There's also an internet cafe (Tsh2000 per hour) and wi-fi (free with meal purchases).

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Bamboo by Fifi's

    Tasty baked goods, shakes and smoothies, salads and baguette sandwiches, plus an intriguing array of main dishes – all served in a bright, clean dining area – make this a recommended meal choice.

  • Restaurants in Arusha

    Universal Classic Restaurant

    A bigger-than-average selection of simple but hearty local food, with chicken curry, beef pilau and ugali (a maize or cassava-flour staple) roast beef among the options. It's off Swahili St.

  • Restaurants in Moshi

    Mr Feng Chinese Restaurant

    Delicious Chinese food, including many veg options, plus tranquil garden seating and a friendly, helpful proprietor make this a recommended spot for a meal in Moshi.