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Address: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
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Spices galire

I loved this market for its raw authenticity. I felt like most of our African exploration was very touristy so it was interesting and humbling to observe some real culture... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this market for its raw authenticity. I felt like most of our African exploration was very touristy so it was interesting and humbling to observe some real culture, tradition and day to day living. The first thing I noticed was the smell, pungent, rotting fish and meat but as you get deeper into the market the smell tends... More 

1 Thank JennaC_NZ
George, South Africa
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting experience to visit a local bazaar!The smell was not for the faint hearted! But it is interesting to walk through- large fish can be seen that was caught& sold here. The market/bazaar is definitely the place to be at to buy fruits, spices, flavored coffees& teas, oils, perfumes and so much more! I felt the prices here were the... More 

Thank chantelfouche
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Like a lot of markets in Africa, the Darajani Bazaar does not exist for tourists. If this is your first market in Africa, do take a quick stroll through to get a sense for the bazaar. However, if you've been to other local markets in Africa, this can easily be skipped. Many cities have markets designed for tourists. They specialize... More 

1 Thank Chris F
New Orleans, Louisiana
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was first opened in 1904 and is still running. There is everything from fruit, vegetables, fish, and spices. There are a million flies though so I wouldn't buy anything unless you want to get sick. I'm sure their immune system is used it. The fish market smells horrible and I could barely walk through the flies but it's... More 

1 Thank Krystalynn M
Singapore, Singapore
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191 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This market, and in particular the fish market has got to rank as one of the most overrated and disgusting experiences ever. The smell and stench of rotting fish makes you want to puke right there and then. This is not a cultural experience by any stretch of the imagination. It is simply a run down filthy dirty market.

Thank traceller
johannesburg S.A
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking through alleys and through narrow passages , not for the faint hearted . Spices, curious, materials and others.

Thank Denise R
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

The place is dirty, the meat market is one of the most disgusting places i've ever been. There are live chickens, fruits you never knew existed, soaps and oil and lots of spices. And since everyone sells the same things its a good thing to bargain. --- MOST OF ALL, BRING SHILLINGS!!! --- They will rip you off if you... More 

Thank Jorge P
Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

When you are traveling to Africa to the Middle East and stopping in India you see quite a few bazaars souks markets and shops. This one is. I different than any one of them. The sights the sounds the smells...especially the smells.

Thank JordanS8
Kingston, Canada
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433 reviews
179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I always enjoy city markets in order to get a true feel for a city and the Darajani Bazaar is no exception. The bazaar is certainly not for the "faint hearted. It is dirty and one can not miss the smells of fish, meat, spices and produce sitting in the heat of the day. The narrow walkways also make it... More 

Thank Don_K_Kingston
Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

It is an ideal place to by good quality and fresh food. It's bit messy and dirty. They need to be arrange themselves.

2 Thank Lion Dharshana W

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