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  • Enjoy a delicious and traditional lunch of fish, local vegetables, fresh bread and lots more at a beloved local restaurant
  • Discover Stone Town’s best food and our favourite places to find it with a friendly local guide by your side
  • Learn about the history of this magnificent world heritage site
  • Visit the vibrant local food market and interact with locals going about their daily lives
The Culinary Stone Town tour starts and ends in Zanzibar. The Culinary Stone Town is a walking tour that takes 2 hours.

Explore the charming streets of Zanzibar’s Stone Town on an afternoon food expedition that takes you to the best local food spots in town. Learn about the fascinating history of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site and visit the local market with a local guide by your side. As you unlock the secrets of the area’s culinary delights, you’ll meet local people and learn about their everyday lives. This is a captivating (and tasty) introduction to everything that historic Stone Town has to offer!
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“There were only two of us on the tour, so it was a very personal experience. Given that it was such a long day and long bus ride, it would have been nice if water bottles were provided, similar to other tours we did in Vietnam with other companies, but otherwise the trip was great. We enjoyed the quick stop with the local family to make rice paper and feed the pigs too.”
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“Chuck was an awesome guide and very knowledgeable of the area's history and the excellent food choices to be had.”
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“I really enjoyed the morning spent on the Great Wall Experience and with Kevin as our guide. He was fun and informative.”
Itinerary
Your afternoon food tour begins in the heart of Stone Town and we strongly recommend that you bring a big appetite with you because there will be plenty of delicious bites to try as we explore this cultural melting pot!

After a brief introduction to our beautiful town, we will make our way to the first foodie stop of the day, a local shop to try a mixture of salty and sweet snacks, a sort of pre-appetiser before we head over to our lunch stop. The friendly shop owner will invite you to sit on a mat on the shop floor to eat, as this is the customary way of eating in this part of the world. As you enjoy the snacks on offer, your guide will explain to you what you’re eating and how it fits into the local culinary culture.    

We will then head over to our next stop, where we’ll enjoy a sit-down lunch together. While the dishes may vary depending on the season and what’s available, your meal will usually consist of a delicious soup, locally caught and prepared fish, vegetables and fresh bread. There will be several plates on the table and you’ll be encouraged to have a taste from each of them.

After filling up on a tasty lunch we’re off to the local market for an authentic slice of daily life in Stone Town. This colourful and lively market is where the locals go to pick up everything from spices and fresh dates to locally caught fish and meat.

We will visit the fish and meat part of the market first. It is worth noting that this area is not for the faint-hearted, so if you are squeamish at all, we recommend that you spend time admiring another section of the market for 10 minutes and then meet up with us again afterwards.

As we traverse the market, your guide will tell you a little of its history and clue you in to why it is such an important part of daily life in Zanzibar.

We will make our way over to the fruit, vegetable and spice sections next, soaking up the unique vibes, exotic smells and the frenetic atmosphere. Here we will stop to enjoy a dessert of fruit, most likely a fresh coconut, but it will depend on availability that day.

Your tour will end with a strong Zanzibar coffee at an iconic joint that’s been popular with locals for decades. Here they come to catch up with neighbours, for political debates and to play board games, it’s a genuine hidden gem in the heart of the old town that many tourists pass by but few realise that they can sit down on the baraza and enjoy a local-style coffee as the locals do!

To finish the tour, your guide will walk you back through the enchanting maze that is Stone Town, back to the Old Fort where it all began. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in beautiful Zanzibar. 
what’s included
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  • Local English-speaking guide
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  • Fruit and coffee.
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  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
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Other Practical InformationMeeting start point : In front of the Old Fort (known as Ngome Kongwe) main entrance in Stone Town, next to the Forodhani Park & Gardens.   Meeting end point : In front of the Old Fort (known as Ngome Kongwe) main entrance in Stone Town, next to the Forodhani Park & Gardens. 
CancellationCancellation for this Culinary Stone Town tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.
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    We strongly recommend that you dress modestly, covering your mid-section and in shorts/dresses/skirts that are down to the knee. Comfortable walking shoes are also recommended. 

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