Stonetown, Zanzibar, TZ

Architecture

A little glimpse into my short stay in Stone town in Zanzibar.

Unesco describes Stone Town of Zanzibar as:

“A fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium”

Stone Town’s architecture is one of a kind. The cultural influences are well reflected in the fine craftsmanship you will see in Stone Town’s homes, shops, cafe’s. The doors and windows were worth taking a second glance at.

Food Market

During our short stay we made it a priority to indulge in all the delicious delights the island of spice is known.We made sure to visit the town’s infamous Forodhani Gardens night market two nights in a row.

Step inside and you will find plenty of savoury and flavourful food options to choose from. Mishkaki (barbecued meat skewers), barbecued corn, crabs, lobsters, sambosa, shawarma and a specialty soup by the name of Zanzibari mix.

The most memorable food I tried however was a ground beef pizza (seen above) made on a griddle using the following ingredients: fresh dough, ghee, ground beef, vegetables, seasonings and cream cheese. It may sound odd but boy was it utterly delicious!

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