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Zanzibar restaurants

Restaurants in Zanzibar offer a true culinary adventure—no surprise for a place nicknamed "Spice Island." The island's storied cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon are put to good use in everything from street food to luxury seafood feasts. Add to that a range of culinary influences—African, Arabic, and Indian—and exceedingly fresh seafood, and you've got a recipe for some seriously good meals. Be sure to sample local specialties like Zanzibar "pizza," a greasy concoction of minced meat and spices cooked in a pastry shell, and pweza wa nazi—octopus simmered in a spicy coconut masala sauce. Street-food aficionados should eat their way through the astonishing range of lobster, shrimp, crabs, and fresh fish piled on seaside grills at Forodhani Gardens. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the luxury of Zanzibar's over-the-top resorts, with sumptuous seafood feasts and elegant rooftop restaurants such as the famous dining room of the Serena Inn. In the middle you'll find casual eats along the waterfront at places like Mercury's.

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Al Johari, Stone Town

Al Johari might call its culinary concoctions "Zanzibar fusion," but what that really amounts to at this rooftop restaurant is a lengthy, globe-trotting menu...more

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Archipelago, Stone Town

Archipelago dishes out delicious Zanzibari seafood in Stone Town's cheeriest setting. Bold, primary-colored walls, minimalist decor, and chill-out tunes keep...more

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Forodhani Gardens, Stone Town

This nightly market is Zanzibar's top tourist trap, but you can't argue with a winning formula. It's hard to resist piles of prawns, lobsters, crabs, and fresh...more

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Kidude, Stone Town

One of two restaurants in the gorgeous 236 Hurumzi Hotel, this one is dedicated to Bi Kidude, Zanzibar's oldest living performer of taarab (a type of Swahili...more

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La Fenice, Stone Town

La Fenice claims to have the best gelato in Zanzibar, but you'll have a hard time saving room for it amid the menu's litany of rich Italian dishes. Creamy...more

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Livingstone Beach Restaurant, Stone Town

Stone Town's hottest hangout is the perfect marriage of style and substance. Livingstone combines creative spins on Zanzibari cuisine with breezy beachside real...more

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Mercury's, Stone Town

With a lively beachfront setting and some of the best sunset views around, Mercury's is as much a Stone Town icon as the Old Fort. Named for Queen frontman...more

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The Silk Route, Stone Town

With its bright tapestries, faux-crystal chandelier, and animal-print banquettes, the Silk Route is more gaudy than Goa, but the delicious tandoori dishes and...more

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Tower Top, Stone Town

The rooftop restaurant of the 236 Hurumzi Hotel is a popular setting for marriage proposals, and it's easy to see why. It boasts a sultan's-eye view of the...more

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