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Zanzibar, Tanzania Restaurants: Best Local Cuisine

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Zanzibar, Tanzania, like a rare pearl of the deep waters that surround it, is truly a rare jewel of world cuisine. While there are many things to do and see in Zanzibar, Tanzania, be sure that you are not letting activities alone guide you across this wonderful place. We have compiled some must-visit locations that offer the absolute best food available. Additionally, some offer activities on-site or right next door, so plan accordingly!

Take in a course-tasting fine meal and a view of Zanzibar at Emerson Spice

Emerson Spice should be one of the first places you dine in Zanzibar. Notable not only for having some of the best food you will taste during your stay, and having to decide which course-tasting fine meals, but you also get a panoramic view from the rooftop. Whether you’re looking for calamari, salads, octopus, or truly hot and spicy fare, Emerson Spice offers it all. But while the rooftop is an exquisite view, be sure not to miss a secret garden on the first floor.

Enjoy Sunset at The Beach House Resort

Be sure you enjoy at least one golden sundown at The Beach House Resort, which is the best place in Zanzibar to enjoy a combination of excellent, more modern and globally-inspired food and a prime view of the sunset. Not only do they serve traditional Swahili fare made to perfection, but they also have delicious local spins on pizza and a white chocolate cheesecake that tourists talk about long after. Stay for signature cocktails and the beautiful starlit sky.

Enjoy the lush grandeur of the Forodhani Gardens on the seafront

With a convenient location near to several museums, you can relax within the Forodhani Gardens on the seafront. This wonderful spot combines a relaxed garden atmosphere with the multiplicity of Zanzibar’s cuisine. Enjoy some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste while resting in botanical bliss.

Get the best seafood you’ll ever have at Lustania

Zanzibar is known for its seafood, and if you want to experience the absolute height of seafood, Lustania is the spot. Known in Zanzibar and across the world for their top-notch fresh octopus, prawns, kingfish, and curry and vegetable dishes. The chef is a master, and the kitchen staff is family. Passion is the primary ingredient, and this notoriety is why you’ll need to book a reservation early in the morning.

Unwind from the busy day with a one-of-a-kind café experience at Puzzle Coffee Shop

Puzzle Coffee Shop is one of the highlights of Zanzibar, although it could be easily missed while strolling through Stone Town. Enjoy great food and a great break from everything else you’ll be experiencing. With a variety of brewing methods on hand such as traditional brew, cold brew, each drink is crafted from the finest beans and paired with homemade pastries. You’ll find traditional Swahili treats alongside European and Brazilian favorites, and a warm and inviting atmosphere will refresh you for the rest of your day. This is also an excellent place to start your day with breakfast!


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