Eating and shopping in Zanzibar

21 December 2016

The little island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania has got big opportunities for picking up some fantastically unique items from Africa, the Far East, and India. Due to the influence of hundreds of years of sea-faring visitors from around the world, Zanzibar has also developed its own delightful culturally unique cuisine, making it the ideal destination for the adventurous foodie!

Street food in Zanzibar

Stroll through the markets and along the streets in Stone Town and you will easily find delicious street food for you to sample, some definite musts include: Zanzibar ‘pizza’, Ginger tea and coffee from Jaws Corner in Stone Town, and Chapatti all washed down with a refreshing glass of sugarcane juice with ginger and lime.   

Restaurants in Zanzibar

As with most tropical paradise locations, many of the restaurants offer casual food experiences. The main culinary attraction at many of the restaurants, whether it’s a beach braai laid on by your hotel, or a restaurant in Stone Town, is Seafood and rice. The flavours used in Zanzibar cuisine are tantalising, fiery, sweet, and sumptuous all at once. Check out the Stone Town waterfront for some of the best restaurants in town, and ask at your hotel or backpackers for recommendations on where to get the freshest seafood on the island.

Markets & shopping in Zanzibar

Two of the best markets which definitely deserve a visit are Forodhani and Darajani markets in Stone Town. You’ll find a buzzing and lively atmosphere with the smell of local food wafting through the air, and the calls of the shop owners beckoning customers to buy from them. You will find all sorts of things at the markets like wood carvings, locally made jewellery and more unique items from India, Africa, and the middle-east.

You’ll also find aromatic spices and oils, fascinating collections of books, music, jewellery and more in the many boutiques and shops in and around Stone Town. Head to the old post office and the Cathedral, and look around to see what you can find.

Zanzibar is a wonderful place to visit, not only for the beaches, but also for its uniquely beautiful culture, delicious food, and good shopping opportunities. So speak to your Student Flights Consultant today to find out more about booking a Beach holiday in Zanzibar!