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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Zanzibar


Enjoy classy, candlelight dining and fresh seafood at this seaside restaurant at the Zanzibar Serena Inn.

Stone Town, Kelele Square, Zanzibar, 011-255-24-223 3587
Tags: seafood | expensive | continental

Forodhani Gardens

Hit up the outdoor stalls at the waterside Forodhani Gardens for superb local ambience and fast-food, Zanzibari style. Try an egg- or vegetable-filled chapatti or a vegetable samosa.

Stone Town, Waterfront, opposite the Old Fort, Zanzibar,
Tags: budget | great value | zanzibari

La Fenice

Unwind after a long day with well-prepared Italian cuisine served against a backdrop of sea breezes and turquoise vistas. Try the homemade ice-cream for dessert.

Stone Town, Shangani St., Zanzibar, 011-255-777-411868
Tags: family | moderate | trendy | italian

Livingstone Beach Restaurant

A cool vibe, cool clients and cold drinks reign at this collection of candlelit tables on the sand. The menu features a mix of seafood and meat dishes.

Stone Town, Waterfront, Zanzibar, 011-255-773-164939
Tags: moderate | seafood | continental


Swahili-style cuisine with a Mediterranean touch is served to guests seated on large pillows surrounding low tables in this classy, low-key establishment. Come on Saturdays for live taarab music.

Stone Town, Waterfront near Forodhani Gardens, Zanzibar, 011-255-777-410410
Tags: moderate | trendy | continental | zanzibari

Sambusa Two Tables

For an authentic Zanzibari experience, book a multi-course meal prepared by a local family in their modest private home. Evenings only; reservations essential.

Stone Town, Vuga St., Zanzibar, 011-255-24-223-1979
Tags: budget | great value | zanzibari

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