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“Stone Town Standard Tourist Stop”
Review of Forodhani Gardens

Forodhani Gardens
Ranked #35 of 83 Restaurants in Stone Town
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Takeout
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The crowd was nowhere near what I’d expected; actually, far less. I take it that early August is low travel season, relative to some other months. The scene is pretty much what you’d expect if prior to the visit, you’d watch the Anthony Bourdain episode on the gardens. Like he did, order your food with the chili sauce, which isn’t all the spicy but helps with the flavor. The seafood is unlikely to be as fresh as the sellers claim. Make your rounds and purchase what appeals to you visually. Don’t be surprised at some prices; a spiny lobster skewer, and an octopus skewer, cost me $22. EACH. No, I did not haggle.

Several observations in my decidedly unscientific one night observation:

1] Most people did not eat at all, and simply wandered and looked around.
2] Those that bought a food item, more chose from a meat vendor than a seafood vendor. Not surprised, since worldwide the tourists who can afford to visit Stone Town are likely to prefer meat/chicken/lamb vs seafood.
3] The most popular food item was the Zanzibar pizza. I did eat various seafood, and also one Zanzibar pizza. The pizza was my favorite.
4] Do not go if you don’t like, or are allergic, to cats. They are all around the gardens, and will wait patiently for a morsel from you. No, I was mean and didn’t feed any cats.
5] Negotiate the price BEFORE the seller takes your chosen seafood to reheat or recook. If you wait until after it’s been handed to you and sat down, the seller names his price and there is little room for negotiation.
6] Flies are everywhere. After the vendor recooks your food, pick it up and eat promptly. If your seller gets a little distracted, he may set it down and flies will get at it.
7] Have your own handwipes or napkins handy. The sellers ration napkins, and the grease will easily soak through the thin paper plates served with the food.
8] Do visit the gardens in the daytime when the sellers are not there. It looks totally different. I was pleasantly surprised to find the area clean, with little indication that a wild market scene occurs in the same square each night.
9] Your experience is incomplete if you simply gawk at the food tables. Sit down for a spell, like I did for several hours on the seawall, and observe the bustle. Whether you like the food or not, this seaside scene is most certainly unique.

If, or rather when, I return, I’d likely focus on the pizzas. They are small and can ordered in so much variety to widely vary the taste.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

It is soo busy at night! With a lot of varieties of BBQ both sea food and others. It is famous with the zanzibari dish "Urojo".
When one gets in town, make sure you visit

Thank Elibramack J
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

I have Asian look but have lived in Tanzania for 1.5 years. I know the price for most of street food in Dar es Salaam. Although in Dar, they don't serve seafood as street food, it is easy to pick up a popular samosa at those stalls to compare the price. The same 500 Tanzanian Shillings samosa in Dar is sold at 2,000 or 3,000 Tanzanian Shillings at Forodhani. I bargained, the seller didn't bother to negotiate the price. Their income from other tourists might be enough for their living.

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Thank Yen N
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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

The park becomes night food market that starts at dust.
You can find detailed here various street food like bbq of seefood and other. Zanzibar pizza, sugar can join email and more.
The place is crowded, mainly by tourists and if you are sensitive for 'clean' food court than you may not enjoy it.. Otherwise nice experience.

Be careful with your money, even that there are menus they will try to ask for much more and Mistakenly charge you mire than should. It shouldn't be a problem if you pay attention.

I wouldn't travel especially to visit this place, integrate it as part of your Stone Town visit and ask the guide to start it at 3pm so you will arrive to the opening time of the market.

Thank Raanan T
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Reviewed 5 August 2017

We had dinner here once or twice. Walk around look at all the stalls first. Do not get pressured into buying food you do not want. Avoid mussles, mine were horrible. I recommend the lobster on a stick 8000 tsh, tuna was 6000 tsh, zanzibar pizza are good too.

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Thank Dagmawi S
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