Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Zanzibar Town

Zanzibar Coffee House

The top spot in Zanzibar for a serious cup of genuine East African Rift Valley coffee is undoubtedly this charming cafe. Alongside espressos and cappuccinos are milkshakes, crêpes, salads, sandwiches and toasted bru…
Top Choice Seafood in Michamvi Peninsula

The Rock

Zanzibar's most photogenic restaurant is perched on a coral outcrop in a stunning location surrounded by sea. At low tide you can walk to it; at other times (maybe after a long lunch) boats are provided. Of course, …
Top Choice Cafe in Paje

Mr Kahawa

After a hard morning's kitesurfing, or maybe after a hard night's partying, this is the place for a top-notch espresso or cappuccino, accompanied by a sweet pancake, savoury wrap, panini, juice or salad. It's cool, …
Top Choice Fusion in Zanzibar Town

Emerson Spice Rooftop Teahouse

Perched on top of the Emerson Spice hotel, the 'teahouse' (open-sided room) offers 360-degree views and some of the finest food in Stone Town. Many guests come for pre-dinner sundowner cocktails before enjoying five…
Top Choice Zanzibari in Zanzibar Town

Lukmaan Restaurant

Probably the best local restaurant for quality Zanzibari food. There's no menu: just make your way inside to the 1950s counter and see what's on offer. Servings are enormous and include various biryanis, fried fish,…
Zanzibari in Zanzibar Town

Emerson on Hurumzi Rooftop Teahouse

Part of the well-known Emerson on Hurumzi hotel, the rooftop teahouse restaurant is open to nonguests. The food is excellent, and the view simply stunning. Lunch is served from noon to 4pm, or come early for sunset …
Zanzibari in Zanzibar Town

Monsoon Restaurant

Something slightly different: Monsoon has traditional-style dining, so you eat at low tables lounging on cushions (shoes off at the door, naturally). The menu is well-prepared Swahili cuisine with a modern twist. It…
Zanzibari in Zanzibar Town

Sambusa Two Tables Restaurant

This simple place did indeed start with just two small tables, but now caters for larger numbers – although it's still in the family house. Here's the routine: visit first to ask what's on offer; if you like it make…
Mediterranean in Zanzibar Town

House of Spices

With its lantern-lit rooftop terrace this Mediterranean restaurant has well-executed seafood and wood-fired pizzas. Fish dishes come with a choice of five spiced sauces, there's a good wine list and you can round of…
International in Paje

Kinazi Upepo

In a wooden cabin with great views of the beach and ocean, this local place offers all the favourites – pizza, burgers, curries, seafood grills – plus Thai and sushi specials, in a straightforward and slightly old-f…