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Fusion / Shangani, Stone Town
The rooftop restaurant at the Al-Johari Hotel has relaxed, elegant décor and, as the name suggests, a varied fusion menu. House specials include the Moroccan lamb tagine, creamy Mediterranean ravioli and their signature Tanzanian fish curry. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Seafood / Mizingani Road, Stone Town
The bright and breezy Archipelago restaurant serves the freshest seafood in a laid-back, funky setting. Rumoured to make the best chips in Zanzibar, this restaurant also offers dishes such as Swahili prawns in coconut masala, grilled kingfish with mango salsa or snapper in orange and ginger sauce. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Italian / Kenyatta Road, Stone Town
This waterfront restaurant is attractively decorated with African masks and Swahili curios, and the breezy veranda is perfect for dining. Menu favourites include a selection of creamy risottos, seafood pastas, surf and turf grills and, of course, the irresistible (Italian ice-cream). Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Livingstone Beach Restaurant
Local / Forodhani, Stone Town
The trendy Livingstone Beach Restaurant, with its candle-lit tables set on the beach and background tropical tunes, is a great place to try some authentic Zanzibar cuisine. The menu offers exotic temptations such as spring rolls with mango, coriander and yogurt salsa, or a selection of seafood with local spices, mango and cilantro sauces and coconut milk. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
International / Mizingani Road, Stone Town
Boasting a lively beachfront location and an eclectic menu, Mercury's is a very trendy Zanzibar restaurant. The menu offers a vast and varied selection of café-style cuisine including tacos, pasta, pizza and fajitas. The red snapper in green curry and the grilled tuna with pesto mayo are particularly good. Open daily for lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
Green Garden Restaurant
Pizzeria / Mkunazini Street, Stone Town
The Green Garden Restaurant is one of Stone Town's most popular, and it's easy to see why. The small eatery offers good food for reasonable prices in a peaceful garden setting. Their pizza and pasta are popular with expats, as are the free wireless internet and the massage chair in the bar. Green Garden is a great place to relax and have a cup of coffee in the southern part of town.
Local / Shangani district (off Kenyatta Road), Stone Town
A tiny restaurant in Stone Town, Lazuli is popular with tourists in Zanzibar for its delicately-spiced seafood and excellent smoothies. Open for lunch and dinner, the service is friendly and the atmosphere relaxing. They also serve brunch from 11am, and with a tantalizing menu including mango vanilla cream pancakes, cinnamon coffees and iced coffee shakes.