Sailing a Dhow in Zanzibar Part 3 (A Foodie’s Paradise!)

What’s sailing without beaches and food! Zanzibar has got so much culinary richness to offer. I can just picture you now, slurping a cocktail on the beach as the scent of spices waft from a nearby kitchen and your senses smiling in delight.

The Beaches

Spicy Zanzibar has a stunning combo of outstanding, powder-white beaches along its eastern coast, flanked by barrier reefs. The western coast also has a few interesting beach locations (check out Kendwa). This page is a nice resource on the beaches of Zanzibar. I would tell you about all of them, but I’m getting hungry.

The Food

Due to Zanzibar’s wildly varied colonial history, its culinary delights have an equally multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nature. Take Bantu, Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and Chinese cuisine, mix it in a pot, and you have Zanzibari food! Here are some popular dishes served on the island:

Pepper Shark

Succulent, boneless shark fillet is served in a spicy soup. I don’t think there is any better way to eat shark!

Pweza Wa Nazi

Don’t worry, you won’t find any dictators in this dish. It’s all octopus, coconut, curry, cinnamon, garlic, lime and cardamom.

Pilau Meat


Pilau meat is usually prepared with goose or beef, and cooked with potatoes, onions, spices, coconut milk and fluffy white rice.



This dish is essentially a brilliant skew of meat cooked in a medley of maize, ginger, chili, tomato, onion and cumin.

Spice Cake


Chocolaty, clovy, nutmegy, cinnamony spice cake is a very popular dessert in Zanzibari cuisine.



This Portuguese-Indian dish is made with tongue, heart and liver, cooked with masala, tamarind and vinegar, and then served up with rice.

Here’s a little foodie guide for Zanzibar. Yum, and goodbye for now! May your days be filled with sea, sun and sand.




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