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“Keep your wits about you!”
Review of Forodhani Gardens

Forodhani Gardens
Ranked #37 of 89 Restaurants in Stone Town
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Takeout
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Forodhani night market is a must-visit in Stone Town for the atmosphere and unique street food experience. As soon as the sun sets (around 6pm) the garden, so peaceful during the day, becomes transformed into a feast of aromas and food fares as numerous stalls are set up to entice you to try their different dishes.
You can select whatever fancies you and the stall-holder will then go and prepare the food at a communal fire - in other words, what you see is not what you get and therefore make sure that you set a price before the food is cooked.
Also, compare prices and don't make the mistake we made to order several dishes from the first stall. The following day we found one of the vendors selling the same wares at a fifth of the price along the road!
We also made the big mistake of going along with being escorted from the buzzing stalls area to a secluded seated area, where we were served our food (not on the kebabs we saw, but cut into pieces) on paper plates with salad and bread etc. The price we were charged was also more than what we paid for much more in seated restaurants ... the stall owner arguing that he gave us larger portions than what we selected and he originally quoted on.
Unfortunately, the scallops and octopus were so tough that we couldn't chew it, but the feral cats that congregated around us enjoyed it.
I do realise that if we had been more savvy and haggled a bit and not been so gullible as to be escorted away from the other waiting customers we could have had a better experience.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Thank carneljo
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to wander round and get some cheap eats,must try the Zanzibar pizza.Before ordering ask for the price list or the cost,even for the drinks!

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank andrew w
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

its a nice place to stroll around in the evening,definetly try the zanzibar pizza,its a must,very fresh

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank vaso2519
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

We came first night to market today and firs people are jumping into your face and want you to come to their srand to eat, so you cant even walk away, we didnt feel good about it, but the main problem is that this isnt local food cause people of Zanzibar cant afford it, they est 1 time in a day, like Ugari or something, and they ripped us with prices, were first friendly then not so,the wanted 45 000 shillings for 2 cane juices and 1 stick of octopus, so never again, and btw food is not tasty, only zanzibar pizza is worth to try.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank 986loul
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

The food was good but the aggressive sales tactics of some left a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended.) If anyone tries to take you to their table, say no and move on. The vendors that aren't aggressively selling are the only ones you should visit.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank ldh221
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