Zanzibar: Food and Drink

Powdery white sands and crystal clear waters

Zanzibar island's food and drink wealth was largely founded on the spice trade until the advent of tourism and this heavily influences trademark local dishes such as bokoboko. As with most African countries, the markets are where all the action is. Zanzibar Island's markets are packed with fresh fruits, exotic spices and fish still dripping with seawater. Trade and migration have marked the history of the many communities living along the shores of Zanzibar.

As a result Zanzibar has a very rich and diverse food culture encompassing influences from Arabia, India and Europe. Street food is a term often interpreted literally as food served on the streets but in Zanzibar the real ‘streets’ are the sea and seafood is present everywhere in restaurants to street stalls. A stroll through a market is an essential experience for any travellers to the island. It's a great way to interact with locals, and get a real taste of the culinary culture. Locals use Zanzibar’s many fresh spices in many dishes. Besides tourism, spices are actually a mainstay of Zanzibar's economy. A visit to Zanzibar would best be accompanied by an adventurous palate. In Zanzibar there are a few local Tanzanian beers you should try, such as Safari, Kilimanjaro and Tusker. There's also a variety of brightly coloured Tanzanian soft drinks you may want to taste. In larger restaurants and hotels in Zanzibar, visitors can order imported beers and beverages.