Welcome to ZANZIBAR! With help from our local gurus plus the talented team at The Peaks, here are our top tips on everything from driver recommendations and tour guides to cafes and shopping suggestions.
The Peaks Approved Cafes & Restaurants
E. firstname.lastname@example.org T. +255 779 854 225 Open daily from 12pm to 4pm Best for: Seating is on cushions by a low table or on regular height seats, all with views over Stone Town and the sea. In the afternoon, different lunch platters, either with a variety of vegetarian, fish or seafood dishes are prepared by our chefs.
T. +255 773 573727 Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 11pm Best for: With its lantern-lit rooftop terrace this Mediterranean restaurant has delicious seafood and wood-fired pizzas. Fish dishes come with a choice of five spiced sauces, there's a good wine list and you can round off your meal with a special spiced digestif.
E. email@example.com T. +255 778 373 737 Open daily from 8am to 10pm Best for: Watch the world go by and soak up the local culture; be it the fish seller passing with his heavily laden bicycle basket, a vendor walking door to door selling brooms and pans, or children on their way to school. The café is open from 8am to 10pm, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Peaks Approved Shops
This multi-faith community project builds bridges between Zanzibar's minority Christians and the largely Muslim population through its sewing school and fashionable boutique. The result: stylish ladies' and children's summer-wear in funky fabrics, plus cross-cultural friendships and economic independence.
This shop sells products from Moto, a Zanzibar-wide handicraft cooperative that supports the island's rural economy by selling bags, sun hats, baskets, mats and other goods woven from ukili (palm leaves), and from Dada, a similar scheme helping local women sell cosmetics and foodstuffs made from natural local materials.
Organised by the dedicated Hamad and other local artists, with an emphasis on quality and distinctiveness, this arts centre and shop provide a refreshing change from the wooden animals and tinga-tinga art found elsewhere in Stone Town. On sale are stunning paintings in traditional and contemporary styles, plus jewellery, candles, soaps and craftware items, mostly made by local cooperatives around Zanzibar.
The Peaks Approved Spas
The Peaks Approved Activities
Those who love the water can explore the crystal clear waters with Safari Blue Tour, an exhilarating excursion that discovers the area of Fumba and beyond. Still a remote area of the island, guests will be able to spot dolphins playing around in the shallows of Menai Bay or enjoy a snorkelling expedition around the reefs of a deserted sandbank, between dining like kings on fresh seafood caught from the fisherman that morning.
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