I was quite determined to visit the Forodhani Food Market on our first night in Stone Town and devised an eating strategy which comprised first of eating at a local restaurant (see Monsoon) and then topping up if we were still hungry. This is not as crazy as you might imagine because this what most people from the Far East do - we have many night markets (pasar malam) where people just have a snack after their main meal.
The meal at Monsoon was not great (see review) so our family then walked a few paces to the Forodhani Gardens where the stalls were looking busy. However, even before we could enter the main area we were once again - as throughout the day - accosted by 'papasi' (tourist touts) which made it difficult to just wander around and have a look at the stalls.
We did manage to make it around the food stalls and basically the stalls sell grilled seafood (every stall looks the same), local pizza and drinks such as sugar cane juice. I grew up on sugar cane juice but the conditions here looked unhygienic so I gave it a miss. In fact, at my insistence, we gave everything a miss. I think I just did not want the responsibility of looking after a sick husband or sick children when we were so close to the end of our holiday in Zanzibar.
Who is this place for? I would say it might appeal to adventurous travellers who don't mind haggling with the stall holders on the price of the food, who don't mind if the food doesn't taste as expected (whether better or worse) and who don't even mind if the food is not very clean. In fact, our eldest son (aged 19) said he would have happily tried something here eg the local pizza.
I am giving it one star because I have been around really good food markets/ stalls and so I do know what I am comparing this to.
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