Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania Food Guide: 10 African food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Zanzibar Island

December 10, 2019 Marlin Saiz

Discover Restaurants offering the best African food in Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago, Tanzania. The Zanzibar Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, is a breathtaking spot to escape from the world. You’ll enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter. Or just go beach to beach between tiny fishing villages—each one's better than the next.
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10. La Base JungleKite

Kiwengwa Beach, Zanzibar, Kiwengwa Tanzania Italian, European, African, Bar, Fast Food, Wine Bar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +39 333 908 5513 http://www.junglekitelabase.com
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4 based on 129 reviews

La Base JungleKite

Beach bar and restaurant offers you local and italian breakfast, lunch, happy hours and dinner in front of the ocean. You can find also a kitesurf school "JungleKite" with professional instructors, a fun shop and a diving center.

Reviewed By likornios

we chose this bar restaurant mainly because of the roof-top providing a good shelter from the beach boys along with a good view from the ground. food was nice, only the sea food carbonara seamed somehow ...strange, but everything else was nice. kind staff and good shade during the afternoon.

9. Ma Shaa Allah Cafe'

Mkunazini Street Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Stone Town, Zanzibar City 4151 Tanzania Indian, African, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Table Service [email protected] +255 24 223 3444 http://www.facebook.com/MaShaaAllahCafe/
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4 based on 309 reviews

Ma Shaa Allah Cafe'

LOCAL FOOD at LOCAL PRICE Delicious local food in a typical local stone town building with cozy and chilling ambiance, including a variety of drinks and beverages. We also serve different types of coffees, shakes and smoothies.

Reviewed By 2435nm

The food never disappoints. My second time from my first visit in 2018.Owner is indian...the team is all sk friendly and great.Cant have high expectations its local style and you need to be flexible and easy! Example...our bread reached much earlier than the food. The bread is made fresh so much more enjoyable warm!We ordered a seafood curry and a shrimp curry dish that came with french friends. We ordered a 2 plain naan and 1 butter naan and paid 32,000tzs The shrimp curry with chips was my favorite neither was spicy but both rich in flavour in their own unique way. Simply amazing and highly recommended!!!! Dont miss this restaurant it's a must try if you're in stonetown!

8. Le Macis Zanzibar

Nungwi 73107 Tanzania French, African, Seafood, Fusion, Mediterranean, European Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +255 656 643 137 http://restaurantlemacis.business.site
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4 based on 306 reviews

Le Macis Zanzibar

Le Macis is a restaurant located in a beautiful tropical garden at Atii garden Bungalows in Nungwi , Zanzibar. The french owner is cooking a large variety of fresh and tasty dishes inspired by his travelling around the world. From grilled fishes, to spicy

Reviewed By 387stefanj

Absolutely amazing food. The ceviche was probably the best I had outside Central America. The service was quick, efficient and very friendly.It is a bit dark so you don’t really see what you are eating, but we the tastes were outstanding.Highly recommendable!

7. Furaha Local Restaurant

2Mn From Behind Of Zawadi Villars, Matemwe Tanzania African, Seafood, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner Seating, Parking Available, Table Service, Reservations [email protected] +255 777 562 665 https://furahalocalrestaurant.business.site/
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5 based on 97 reviews

Furaha Local Restaurant

Furaha local restaurant serves breakfast, Lunch and dinner. We serve seafood and local food as well. We also offer excursions, tours and transfers. For further details you can find us also under the name "Furaha Snorkeling and Taxi Trips" In Zanzibar. Our

Reviewed By Dani_ajl

Very welcoming small local restaurant, located inside a village along the Matemwe’s seaside.You can taste day-caught fish plates with just 6$ each (bottle of water included), excluded shared or personal requested meals: the best value-for-money far away.You can find fresh calamari, octopus, king-fish, lobster and all of the local caught: always perfect cooked and served with ugali, rice or chips.During your lunch/dinner, you can see the daily activities of a local village, that makes your meal unique.

6. Lustania

Mwubwe Village Jambiani Beach, Jambiani Tanzania African, Seafood Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Table Service, Buffet [email protected] +255 776 031 961
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4 based on 224 reviews

Reviewed By IzelleErmel

Small local restaurant in Jambiani village a short walk from the beach (not on the beach/no seaview). We booked our meal a day in advance. Mohammed the owner only cook accordingly to his bookings. The seafood was very tasty and very well cooked. If you are looking for a local experience this is the place to go to.

5. Zanzest Beach Bungalows Restaurant

Jambiani Road Mfumbwi, Jambiani Tanzania Seafood, Italian, African Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Table Service, Reservations [email protected] +255 778 765 591 http://www.zanzest.com
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4 based on 305 reviews

Zanzest Beach Bungalows Restaurant

Zanzest beach bungalow restaurant is located at the end of jambiani village.We serve italian plates and swahili plates.WE ACCEPT ONLY CASH

Reviewed By Lucyy990

This place came highly recommended by someone who goes regularly so we were a bit disappointed to receive re-heated food with questionable salads at high prices. Also there was a very bad smell coming from the kitchen. Maybe we went on a bad day (Eid weekend) but if the chef was off they could have shut for the night...would not recommend.Dear Lucyy990,we are sorry to read your comment, we have several regular customers who come to our restaurant, what we like is give the best to eat well with everyday fresh products, to our customers. I ask you the kindly if you ever come back in Jambiani to try again our restaurant, a bad evening can happen to anyone. It will be our pleasure to meet you and give you more attention.Kindly.Zanzest team

4. Seconda Stella a Destra Italian Pizza Restaurant

Jambiani Tanzania Italian, African, Pizza, Seafood, European, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service [email protected] +255 779 004 369 http://az-az.fb.me/Villaggio-Seconda-stella-a-destra-164482147045539
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4 based on 244 reviews

Seconda Stella a Destra Italian Pizza Restaurant

A lovely informal atmosphere where you can choose from grilled fish pizza and local cuisine , great place to relax between a swim in the pool and a drinks Romantic dinners by candlelight poolside . Book your private party , your birthday cake

Reviewed By AviD42

I can't believe the best restaurantin Jambiani clearly chooses to violate the law and allow smoking at dinning tables despite our complaints.DISGUSTING!!!Dear guest,First we thank you for having dinner at our restaurant twice.Regarding the smoking, first our restaurant is an open restaurant, second we cannot prohibit smoking while in many restaurants on the Island is allowed, this because Tanzania has no any law that states the prohibition of smoking at restaurants, but is the case of discipline, an individual him/herself to understand that smoking can be annoying and troublesome to others. About the complaints, we didn't receive any complaint about this, but i we do for any troublesome or problem, taking action on it is our first rule.But perhaps we will take your review as an advice for our restaurant.Thanks.

3. Tea House Restaurant

236 Hurumzi Street Emerson on Hurumzi, Stone Town, Zanzibar City Tanzania African, Middle Eastern, Persian Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music [email protected] +255 24 223 2784 http://hotels.cloudbeds.com/reservation/SmILv3
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4 based on 572 reviews

Tea House Restaurant

The highest "tea house" restaurant in Zanzibar town is located in Emerson on Hurumzi and has breathtaking 360* views of Stonetown and the Indian Ocean. The rooftop Tea House Dinner Experience offers cocktails at the sunset hour, dinner celebrating the ple

Reviewed By TravelingTulls

We like to find a special spot for our last evening on a trip, and the images of Emerson on Hurumzi made the choice easy. This was a very different experience from any we'd had in Zanzibar before. We sat on the floor on the rooftop and were served a fixed menu. We had an hour of sundowners cocktails then were introduced to the evenings events. They served what would have been a traditional wedding feast - a lot of delicious and unusual foods. The meal was accompanied by a local musical group who entertained us with traditional music.All in all a great way to celebrate the culture of Zanzibar.

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2. Bin Jabir Restaurant

Matemwe Tanzania African, Seafood Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +255 773 083 260 https://www.facebook.com/Bin-Jabir-Restaurant-371296716664404/
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4 based on 126 reviews

Bin Jabir Restaurant

Reviewed By kathyhan1

Just visited the place twice last week. It serves fair local food, hence it can of course not compare with a real restaurant. The place is a real beach restaurant and the service is nice.However, if you want your fish and different type than well done - good luck.Also the side come down to rice or chips (chips I can recommend as they are done well).

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1. Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar

Kiwengwa Beach, Kiwengwa Tanzania Italian, African, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Table Service, Reservations [email protected] +255 777 303 182 https://www.facebook.com/papayazanzibar/
Papaya Restaurant & Beach Bar

Reviewed By adcarmi

Ate here tonight with my family, including my two children 12 and 13. The restaurant is smart ans spacious, the staff are very good and the food is absolutely superb (reminded me of Italy!!!) Reasonable selection, all freshly cooked to order. Good chef, good portions and good value also.I will return

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