Top things to do in Zanzibar Archipelago

Top Choice Island in Chake Chake

Misali Island

Surrounded by crystal waters and stunning coral reefs, Misali offers some of the best diving in East Africa, while snorkelling is spectacular and easily reached from the beach. Around the island, nesting turtles fav…
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 Art in Zanzibar Town

Cultural Arts Centre Zanzibar

Organised by the dedicated Hamad and other local artists, with an emphasis on quality and distinctiveness, this arts centre and shop provide a refreshing change from the wooden animals and tinga-tinga art found else…
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 Music in Zanzibar Town

Sauti za Busara

A cultural landmark in Zanzibar since 2003, Sauti za Busara is one of the biggest festivals of its sort in East Africa, showcasing music and musicians of all genres – taarab, jazz, Afro-pop or bongo flava – from acr…
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,…
Top Choice Live Music in Zanzibar Town

Dhow Countries Music Academy

Many music genres are studied at this academy and regular evening concerts showcase students' work, from Afro-jazz and fusion to taarab – Zanzibar's celebrated sung poetry. For a more hands-on experience, workshops …
Historic Building in Zanzibar Town

House of Wonders

An icon of Stone Town, the House of Wonders rises in impressive tiers of slender steel pillars and balconies overlooking the waterfront. Its enormous carved doors are said to be the largest in East Africa, fronted b…