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

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  • 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:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

This night market had such a great variety of food. Lots of fresh seafood. There we're about 30 stands to choose from, many selling similar things all looked great, the ones we tried were yum. Lots of locals eating there too. It was just a lovely way to eat-out in the open air, in the park by the water with... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My friend and I are both frequent travelers accustomed to street food and the bargaining game that comes with a market setting. After looking at all the different stalls we went to one that looked best and ordered about 7 items. The guy was very friendly and joking with us. We forgot to ask for the price of the food... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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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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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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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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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
55 helpful votes 55 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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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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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town

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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: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children

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