Walking and Eating: Stone Town, Zanzibar

Streets of Stone Town, Zanzibar Zanzibar DoorWe braved and survived the ferry known as The Vomit Commit from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town, Zanzibar.  Arriving into Stone Town was a pleasant mixture of laid back island culture and the frenzy of the Medina's we experienced in Morocco. Kids in Stone Town, Zanzibar Blue Glass Windows. Stone Town, Zanzibar The town consists of narrow winding streets, similar to Fez, but in a very small scale. The architecture is a fascinating mix of Arab, Indian, European and African influences creating a one-of-a-kind island city.  Wondering through the streets, looking at the form and colors of the buildings and experiencing the markets is a great way to pass the time.   Narrow streets of We stopped by the Zanzibar Coffee House and had top notch coffees and warm pastries.  When the sun started to go down, we had a cocktail at the Africa House and watched the Dhows (traditional local sail boats) against the glowing orange sky.View from the Africa House. Stone Town, Zanzibar Once the sun went down, directly below the backside of the Africa House is the night food market.  This is an absolute culinary adventure not to be missed.  There are probably about 40 counters set up, manned by several people in white chef jackets.  We walked along the counters sampling fresh calamari, shrimp and fish off the grill, fresh squeezed sugar cane juice with ginger, fried cassava chips w

2 Responses to Walking and Eating: Stone Town, Zanzibar

  1. Andy says:

    You mention calimari, shrimp, and fish on the grill. Looks delicious. But given that this was Africa I cannot believe that there was not any “bushmeat” in the market! Was it mainly a tourist area? Or do Africans now only eat meat from the supermarket shelves?

  2. Zanzibar is an island, thousands of fisherman sail out on their little boats everyday for products to sell at the markets. This certainly did not come from a super market. This area is popular for both locals and tourists, as the food is inexpensive and very fresh. There are many African coastal regions that eat seafood. We had some game meat in Namibia (as well as seafood on the coast), but in Tanzania and Kenya it game meat is outlawed. The most abundant meat in the 9 countries we visited was probably goat, tastes a little like lamb. There are traditional supermarkets, but most people buy from local open air markets.
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