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Reviewed October 2, 2020

When it's your first time to be in Zanzibar, this is one of the first place to put in your to do list. You must visit this place ( Garden) day time and evening / night time to see it's huge different, between day time...and evening time. day time it's very quite and chilling place to seat and enjoy nice wind and panoramic view of stone town ocean. in the evening there is different activities such as local young people jumping (makwachu) to the water when it's high tide, also there is different local people come with food to sell or prepare some food straight infront you, i.e Zanzibar Pizzer, Urojo (Zanzibar soup) etc. they sell different kind of food sea food and other bites for the local and tourist. mostly popular food here is, Shawarma, Zanzibar pizzer, Urojo, Juice ya miwa (sugar can Juice) different and other sea food. to be at this place it having another experience to know how Zanzibarian celebrates thier birthday, spend time with family when they get out. how they dress etc.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020

To be clear, this isn't really a garden. It's a collection of outdoor food stands adjacent to a few trees that, at night, is packed. I didn't personally eat any of the street food, but you can come here and sample the best of local...cuisine in a very vibrant atmosphere. Yes, they are pushy. You will not take more than three steps without someone literally jumping in front of you and trying to get you to eat from their cart. Should you approach a cart to get a better look, good luck. That being said, it's a local experience. If you do buy food, you can sit along the short wall to eat. We just walked through.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

It's a nice refreshing place, located right in the heart of the city in Stone Town. It sees a regular influx of tourists. You'd be slightly misguided due to the name because it isn't much of a garden, just an open area with a couple...patches of greenery here and there and a bunch of boulders, stone slabs etc., where you can sit and relax. It does have several eateries in and around where you can enjoy local Swahili cuisine - although there are extremely limited options if you're vegetarian or vegan. If you visit during the day, you'll be greeted with a spectacular view of the ocean with several ships and boats harboured. It's calm and quieter during the day, albeit quite sunny but I preferred to visit during this time due to lesser crowd. It's much more lively at night with residents and tourists comings from all over the city to enjoy food by the shore, under the stars. The biggest downside for me was the lack of street lights and even the ones that were there were extremely dim. You'd have to be really mindful of your steps and careful of what you're eating as you really can't see what you're eating! This can be a bonus or downside depending on the person you are - there's quite a lot of stray cats in and around the park. I did see quite a number of people feeding them some of their food :)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

After reading mixed reviews we were unsure whether to visit the market or not but decided to give it a go as it was very close to our hotel. The market is busy and bustling with locals and tourists with a large variety or stalls...(although most stalls sell roughly the same produce). As you'd expect you are approached by locals asking you to view their stall and sample the food on offer but take your time and wander round as you are likely to get a higher price if you commit to the first stall. Be prepared to haggle! We ended up with a Zanzibar pizza from Mr Nutella, 4 marinated beef skewers from a stall I can't remember the name of and a litre bottle of water for £2.50 (7000 tzs). The food was tasty and easily found a space on the sea wall to sit and eat with many others. All in all we had a good experience but be prepared to be polite but firm and patient with sellers, they are proud and sometimes passion can be misconstrued as pushy.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

Its worth a stroll to see the market and look on as the local boys line up to jump into the ocean. from food perspective, I thought it to be pricey and they hassle you. Also I'm not sure about hygiene as there are flies...on the food.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

Impossible to eat here. You have no chance to try to chill and walk around and check all the stalls without being harassed by EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. All I managed to see was raw food exposed to hot weather, and flies, and all...the cats bagging for a scrap. Worth walking away from the stalls and check out the young locals lining up to jump off the pier. Find a restaurant with local food. Better leave this market for the locals to enjoy.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 27, 2019

Ok for pizza. Ask everytime for prices because they try to overcharge and tend to be not honest, especially the bbq

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

Overpriced, unhygienic and overrated. Come here to observe the night life. Go have a decent meal at a near by restaurant instead. The vendors will over charge you for everything. Not worth it.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

They are doing their margin with tourists. We paid more than for a nice sitted and quiet restaurant. You never know if you are going to get sick and they gathered when we argued the price. 40$ for 2 plates, 15$ for 2 juice! Their...point:"you are tourist you have the money so just pay. You just come here and want to kill people".Really? We had a very bad night and you are bothered when you eat.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019

I had such high hopes for this place. I was completely disappointed. First, there is so much competition that it's hard to choose. Once we got a vendor, they did not deliver as promised. They said the fish was fresh and ot would be served...hot. It was neither. My partner ordered tuna. He was given chicken instead. My meal was totally inedible. Plus, it was extremely overpriced. I would not recommend this place.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Response from Fawzia9 | Reviewed this property |
It starts petering out by 9:30 pm as the vendors pack to go home.
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