A visit to Stone Town is like a step back in time. Visions of a thousand and one Arabian nights spring to mind. The place is full of history and some of the more interesting buildings are: Old Fort, House of Wonders, Palace Museum, Anglican Cathedral, Dhow Countries Music Academy and The Old Dispensary. A wander around will yield sights of hundreds of old beautiful, intricately carved doors along with surprise views of fountains and gardens. The shopping is great with many local crafts available such as hand woven kikois, soap made from coconut oil and local spices as well as the spices themselves and much, much more.

There are many popular places to eat around Stone Town but one of the quintessential experiences not to be missed is the evening spread in Forodhani Gardens. Recently renovated by the Agha Khan, this open air, seafront food market offers everything from barbequed squid to freshly squeezed sugar cane juice to a local specialty, Zanzibar pizza.

When visiting Stone Town please remember that you’re visiting a conservative Muslim society and scantily clad Westerners do cause offence. Appropriate respectful dress includes long (or at least knee length) skirts and trousers for women and slacks or knee length shorts for men. Sleeveless T-shirts or skimpy tank tops are not appropriate.

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