7 Best Food Places In Zanzibar

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Zanzibar is not only known for its thrilling watersports activities, beautiful white sandy beaches, diverse spices, and rich culture, but it’s also known for the amazing local food that you get there. The local Swahili cuisine is to die for!

Don’t worry, though, you’ll get all types of cuisines at the island. Here are the 7 best food places in Zanzibar for all the foodies out there:

  1. The Rock

Dine in this beautiful restaurant of an island! Surrounded by the Indian Ocean on all sides, this island is only accessible via a boat during high tide. It’s located off the coast of Pingwe. The views and vibes at this restaurant are fantastic, and the food is delicious. Known for its seafood, the Rock Restaurant is worth a visit!

  1. La Taverna

For those fond of Italian food, La Taverna is the place to be! Using fresh ingredients, some of which are imported all the way from Italy, this restaurant makes the best Italian food. From pasta to pizza, you’ll be able to fulfil all your Italian cravings here.

  1. Lukmaan Restaurant

Try the local Swahili cuisine at this wonderful restaurant that’s easy on your pockets as well. A meal here costs about $3 per person only!

Their pilau rice, octopus curry, biryani and grilled seafood are to die for. Located in Stone Town, it’s the best place to fuel up before you start a tour of the city.

  1. Emerson on Hurumzi Tea House

Dine on the Rooftop of Emerson on Hurumzi, the second tallest building in Stone Town. The rooftop Tea House offers fantastic views of the Indian Ocean. It’s a great place for a date night with your significant other!

The Restaurant offers typical low-style Swahili seating arrangements with a menu dominated by seafood. You’ll also get to enjoy live Swahili dances during your meal!

  1. Masa Japanese Restaurant

Craving some sushi? Head over to Masa Japanese Restaurant in Stone Town and satisfy your sushi tooth. Their beef noodles, teriyaki Chicken, dumplings, and shrimp tempuras are worth a try.

A meal here costs about $5 to $10 per person, depending on what you order.


  1. Delight Zanzibar

With a beautiful view of the ocean, budget-friendly prices, and incredible food, Delight Zanzibar is one of the best dining spots in Paje. Their pizza, seafood and cakes are worth a shot. You should also try their chilled ice coffee!


  1. Al Jabry Restaurant

Another great place to try delicious local food, Al Jabry Restaurant is light on your pocket. Although the restaurant doesn’t have a fancy interior, its food is delicious and you’ll be craving for it when you’re back home.

Try their pilau, biryani and boko-boko (porridge meat soup).

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Zanzibar and enjoy many different cuisines in its fabulous restaurants! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Expert Guide on Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

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