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Top Choice Zanzibari in Zanzibar Town

Luukman 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 Fusion in Zanzibar Town

Emerson Spice Rooftop Tea House

Perched on top of a Swahili mansion in an intricately carved wooden gazebo, Emerson's Tea House screams 'date night'. Enjoy expertly made cocktails with 360-degree views over Stone Town. Mojitos are followed by mult…
Museum in Zanzibar Town

Beit el-Sahel

Occupying several blocks along the waterfront, the imposing Palace Museum is a reconstruction of the Sultan Seyyid Said’s 19th-century palace home, which was destroyed by the British bombardment of 1896. It was rena…
Historic Building in Zanzibar Town

Old Fort

The defining features of the waterfront are the ragstone ramparts of Ngome Kongwe, the Old Fort. It was the first defensive structure built by the Busaidi Omani Arabs when they seized the island from the Portuguese …
Dark in Zanzibar Town

Old Slave Market

The Anglican cathedral was built on the site of the old slave market alongside Creek Rd. Although nothing remains of the slave market today, other than some holding cells under St Monica's Hostel next door, the site…
Market in Zanzibar Town

Darajani Market

One of the most compelling sights is the main market. Here mountains of spices, sneakers and sandals, meat, fish, live chickens and mobile phones are for sale in a series of covered halls and twisting alleys. The ma…
in Zanzibar Town

Zanzibar National Museum of History & Culture

One of the most prominent buildings in the old Stone Town is the elegant Beit el-Ajaib, now home to the Zanzibar National Museum of History & Culture. It’s also one of the largest structures in Zanzibar. …
Church in Zanzibar Town

Anglican Cathedral

Constructed in the 1870s by the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa (UMCA), this was the first Anglican cathedral in East Africa. It was built on the site of the old slave market, the altar reputedly marking the…
Italian in Zanzibar Town

Amore Mio

Across the road from La Fenice, Amore Mio has delectable ice cream, as well as well-prepared pasta dishes and other light meals, good coffees and cappuccinos, and fantastic views of the water.
Cafe in Zanzibar Town

Archipelago Café-Restaurant

An excellent local restaurant with a fine location on a terrace overlooking the sea and a dhow repair yard below. The well-priced menu features coconut curries, orange and ginger snapper, and chicken pilau, topped o…