Livingstone Beach Restaurant, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Tel: 255 77 316 4939
Concierge.com's insider take:
Stone Town's hottest hangout is the perfect marriage of style and substance. Livingstone combines creative spins on Zanzibari cuisine with breezy beachside real estate and an attractive dining room decked out with hand-carved Swahili furniture and works by local artists. Light bites like spring rolls with a coriander, mango, and yogurt salsa are good for an afternoon nibble; in the evening, there's a feast of fresh catches simmered in coconut milk, dry-rubbed with Zanzibari spices, or stuffed with a mango and cilantro sauce. With candlelit tables planted in the sand and starlit waves crashing on the shore, open-air dining hits a pitch-perfect note for romance. On the weekend, live music draws a mix of tourists and locals to the dance floor and you might struggle to find a cozy corner, but the tropical beats (and a lengthy cocktail list) offer a taste of Stone Town at its flirty finest.
Open daily noon to 4:30 pm and 6:30 to 10:30 pm.