About Forodhani Park

Relax in this scenic tree-filled oceanside park that transforms into a lively and busy seafood market after the sun goes down. Known for its exciting food market, the Forodhani Gardens is a picturesque park that overlooks the Indian Ocean. It is an ideal place to learn about local culinary traditions and the region’s succulent seafood. Barter with vendors in the evening for food ranging from squid and lobster to Nutella pizza. Sit in the park with a book and read or watch people go by in the afternoon. Lay down a blanket for a picnic with your family and enjoy the warm rays of the sun. This verdant park is decorated with plenty of trees, providing shade and ample refuge from the heat as well. Capture photos of the pretty park, with its green trees, lawn and backdrop of the blue-green Indian Ocean. Stay for the sunset and watch the sky make a dramatic change, taking on moody shades of red. As evening begins, the park livens up with rows of vendors and sightseers in search of a typical Zanzibar meal in the open-air food market. To eat like a local, try the urojo soup of potato balls and the chipsi mayai omelet. Pilau spicy rice and cow soup are also popular dishes here. Consider the so-called pizza that better resembles layered crepes. Accompany your culinary delights with a glass of hand-pressed sugar cane juice with ginger and lime. Enjoy the electrifying ambiance, as the market thrives at night. Due to the unpredictable and authentic charm of the park, it is best to stay vigilant in taking care of your belongings. Agree upon meal prices with stall occupants before eating, ensure the food is cooked in a clean area and stay clear of independent touts. Alcohol is prohibited in the gardens. Find the Forodhani Gardens on the main coastal boulevard in the historic Stone Town district of Zanzibar City. It is a 10-minute walk west from the Dala-Dala Bus Terminus. Visit other attractions in the old town, including the Old Fort, Christ Church Cathedral and the House of Wonders.

Must See

  • Forodhani Gardens are heaven for seafood lovers, you will find all sorts of fish including barracuda, squid, octopus, crabs, shrimps, lobsters, prawns, chicken Shawarma, chapatti bread, kebab, Zanzibari pizza even Nutella pizza.  
  • Apparently, all of them over stock with food and sell the same products, just the prices are different.
  • But if you want to eat like a local on Zanzibar, then you will have to find stands (easy, just check where in Forodhani Gardens the longest queues with locals are) selling: Urojo (soup with potato balls), chipsi mayai (Omelette with French fries), pilau (spiced rice), cow soup (popular breakfast for locals), chipsi and mishkaki (French fries with a small kebab of beef or chicken).
  • Also, don’t miss a fresh pressed sugar cane juice with lime and sugar.

How to reach

Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) is the only airport on the island. It is accessible via Dar es SalaamNairobiKilimanjaro, and a growing number of other African and European airports.Get a shuttle bus to collect you from your current accommodation and drop you directly at your next accommodation- this costs around $10, which is far less than a taxi and much less hassle than a bus. The shuttles can be booked online (which is a major advantage) and are run by Hakuna Mutatu Bus If you are in a hurry, never waste your time .There are many taxis around , however its important to get reliable and trustworthy, Zanzibar Cab company has shown great promise to customers in Zanzibar, www.zanzibarcab.com. From Stone Town get a  taxi to Forodhani Gardens

By boat

Boats to Stone Town can be boarded from Dar es Salaam or Pemba. Stone Town to Forodhani Gardens is a taxi-journey.


  • Don't forget to bargain from the local sellers.
  • Credit cards may not be accepted at all points.
  • Wear comfortable Attire and shoes.
  • Carry water bottles and be hydrated.
  • Use gps to get around.
  • Wheelchair accessibility is available at the point.

Visit Time

Sunday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Monday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Tuesday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Wednesday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Thursday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Friday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Saturday : 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

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Entrance Fee

  • Prices vary from dish to dish
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Time you can spend

3 to 4 hours


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