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Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 59
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  • 73
    Very good
  • 56
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A lot of tourists, more expensive than other places

A lot of different vendors offering their food, but impossible to stroll around without being agressivly approached. Try to talk to the cook, not to those approaching you and dragging you around. You might get better prices. For more authentic experience, try one of the other food markets.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
moepmoep
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Berlin, Germany
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The best place to be on a night in Zanzibar. As well as being very touristy all the locals come out to eat there aswell. It's a great atmosphere, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. The food is fab- fresh seafood, meats, fruit prepared infront of you. There are many local foods and drinks to try too! This is my... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Great place to visit because a visit to Zanzibar is incomplete without tasting the local delicacies at Forodhani overlooking and enjoying the FREE breeze of the Indian Ocean........... Just a little care in negotiating prices for food as vendors tend to hike prices when they see a stranger!!!!!!

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Bangkok
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Having a meal here is not for everyone. Here are two things you must know to help make a decision (this review is based on one visit by 4 people on a Friday evening around 10pm in April): 1) If you like looking at and bargaining for your food, which may be a few hours or a few days old,... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A lot of different vendors offering their food, but impossible to stroll around without being agressivly approached. Try to talk to the cook, not to those approaching you and dragging you around. You might get better prices. For more authentic experience, try one of the other food markets.

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This was the most amazing experience...However I was abit unwell and couldn't really enjoy the food! It's a must do in Zanzibar! I loved the way everything was laid out. It was a nighttime market full on food. The ambiance was great.. My friend fell in love with sugarcane juice and is still trying to make his own in Kenya!... More 

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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31 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is like a local "restaurant market" in the evenings. Lots of different stalls selling all types of food including a very interesting Zanzibar Pizza. The place is crowded with both locals and tourist and a little bit pricey for what you get. But it is fun watching. But merchants can be rather aggressive in their approach sometimes when they... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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14 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Don't go to Forodhani Gardens if you're in the mood for fresh seafood. Do go of you're interested in seeing a Zanzibar institution and to get a bit of local culture and to eat something local. One the one hand, the market is trying to respond to tourist demand and the seafood stalls sell kebab sticks with lobster, tuna, calamari,... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I visited a few days ago , was looking forward to having fresh prawns , fish etc thinking it would be the best you can get, when I arrived I was in shock , so much flies on the food and the people who own the stores still tells you to come and buy some after waving the flies off... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It's one of the most interesting attractions in Stone Town so it's kind of a must but you will not find fresh seafood here. The locals don't eat here as they cannot afford it (you can have a proper meal at the restaurant at the old town for the same price) and the same food stays here at the stalls... More 

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

When I heard about these gardens becoming a fish market in the evening, I was really excited - because what could be better than super fresh fish grilled right before your eyes - well, it is not this AT ALL! The gardens are full of stalls that all have the same COOKED seafood on it - prawn skewers, crabs claws,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups

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