We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mistress of Spices

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
170 Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City NONE, Tanzania
+255 773 740 888
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 52: English reviews
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Lovely meal on the roof top. The breeze was much appreciated on a steamy night. Food was very tasty with ok portion sizes. Service was excellent.

Thank Damian M
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

A place which worth to visit. Decoration at each floor realised with nice furniture and excellent photos. The restaurant on the roof terrace has a marvellous view. The service was very quick, but this is because we have explicitly requested it (otherwise, missing the flight).

Thank Dan M
Woonona, Australia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Wife and I Had coconut beef curry and chicken curry with pilau rice which felt really authentic. Rooftop views were incredible and with a nice breeze to escape the heat. Service was nice and food came out quick by Zanzibar standards. Highly recommend.

Thank mcstannard
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is definitely one of the better r saturants in Stone Town. The food was very fine but the prices were not excessive. As most places in Zanzibar, service was excellent and very friendly.

Thank Joelle P
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We ate here on our last night with four adults and two children. The food was mostly local, but superb. The view is breath taking, and worth the climb up all the stairs.

Thank Big_Red_C
Paris, France
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is less popular than other rooftops in Stone Town but we had a delicious dinner there. Local food with a very nice view to the sea and the fort which is very close to us. We had the prawns and it was really delicious. I recommend it with fresh juice. Prices were good. Good surprise. Je recommande vivement... More 

Thank Kirill P
Vereeniging, South Africa
Level Contributor
35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I spent quite a lot of time in Zanzibar/stone town area and when I had to go to a place where I could just be alone to get some work done I always headed toward Mistress of Spices. The wifi was good as well as the service. They have a reasonably priced menu - quality is for sure a priority... More 

Thank Anzel d
Boonah, Australia
Level Contributor
159 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We had a light lunch here, samosa, calamari, chillie & lime salad, most delicious. The lime & mint juice very refreshing, & finished with a tangy mango & lime curd tart. The vanilla expresso as good as in Italy.

Thank v0gue
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

Beautiful! This lodge and restaurant is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is very authentic Zanzibar. The bread was so good! The food was good, but the fresh made juice was the real winner!

Thank sarah b
Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
186 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Lunch on their marvelous terrace. Nobody there except us for most of the time. Service flawless. Food very good. Views nice (just above the old fort). Good cake for money.

Thank oxygen11

Travellers who viewed Mistress of Spices also viewed

Stone Town, Zanzibar City
Stone Town, Zanzibar City
Stone Town, Zanzibar City
Stone Town, Zanzibar City

Been to Mistress of Spices? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
African, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 170 Gizenga Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City NONE, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Zanzibar Archipelago  >  Zanzibar Island  >  Zanzibar City  >  Stone Town
  • Phone Number: +255 773 740 888

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Mistress of Spices staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?