Top ChoiceInternational 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...

Top ChoiceIndian 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...

Top ChoiceBarbecue 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...

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoiceIndian in Moshi


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)...

Top ChoiceInternational in Arusha


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.

Asian 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...

Tanzanian 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...

Cafe 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...

Ethiopian 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...

European in Arusha


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...

French 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....

Seafood in Arusha


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...

Chinese 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.

Cafe in Arusha


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...

Supermarket 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...

Cafe 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).

International 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.

Tanzanian 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.

Chinese 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.