In Stone Town

Forodhani Gardens

If you are not scared of local food, then this place is definitely worth a visit. It is possibly the cheapest food you will find on the island and value for money too. Ranging from crab claws, calamari steaks to plain old chips done in big woks. You are well advised to try the local sugar cane juice. The curio market can be found next to the food market. Here you will find all the gifts you may want to take back to friends and loved ones. DO NOT buy the first thing you see. First take a walk through the market, and you will see prices get progressively less.

Peace Memorial Museum

This was also designed by J.H. Sinclair and has much of Zanzibar's memorabilia, including Livingston's medical chest. If you are a real historian, then this is worth the visit.

Kelele Square

This is a site of an old slave market. Kelele in Swahili means noise, and the name is presumed to have come from all the noise due to the slave trading. It is now a beauty salon.

Malindi Mosque

This is one of the oldest Mosques in Zanzibar. It is unusual because it is conical in shape. Have a look for the minaret. Across from the front door of the mosque is a mausoleum, one of the few left in Stone Town.

Palace Museum

This fascinating look back into the lives of the Sultans, includes a room dedicated to the Princess Salma of Zanzibar, daughter of Sultan Said the Great. It contains various items of furniture and paintings. Although very run down and dusty it is well worth look. You will have to pay an entrance fee.

Arab Fort

Built in 1780 by the Omanis, it was used to protect people from attacks expected from the mainland. The fort was later used as a prison and barracks. During the period of Portuguese rule, it was later used as a church, and remnants can still be seen. Currently you will find a small restaurant and some shops inside the fort.

Darajani Bazaar

You will find almost everything you may want in this market. Most goods are imported from China. If you are looking for locally manufactured woodcraft, it is best to take a walk through the labyrinth of streets in Stone Town.

House of Wonders

Built in 1883 on the site of Zanzibar Queen Fatuma's residence. This was the first building in Zanzibar to have electric lights and the first in East Africa to have an elevator. It was damaged in 1896 during the Shortest War in History (only lasting 40 minutes). It was later used by the British as their local offices until the revolution in 1964. It contains some of President Karume's old cars, but not much has been done with it since 1977. Recent attempts have been made to have it renovated, and a craft market is housed on the veranda during the day.

Hamamni Persian Baths

The baths were for public use used by both men and women. Separate entrance times ensured that there was no peeping or funny stuff. Built by the son of Said the Great, Burgash bin Said. The old tubs can still be seen, although there is no water. The front rooms were used for changing and socialising. Look out for the warm room, which had underground hot water aqueducts. It was then frequented by the wealthy.

St Joseph's Cathedral

The Cathedral was built around about 1895. The architect who designed the cathedral is the same as that of the cathedral in Marseilles, France.

The Old Dispensary

Laid in 1887, the building was only completed in 1894. Built by Tharia Thopen, one of Zanzibar's richest men to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is now known as Stone Town Cultural Centre and has been renovated by the Aga Khan Foundation.

Anglican Cathedral

This fascinating cathedral was built in 1873. The altar is presumed to be built on the exact spot where slave whipping and auctions took place. Locals will show you the underground slave holding cells, which are an eerie sight.

High Court

Still used as the High Court, it was designed by J.H. Sinclair, a British citizen and Zanzibari resident

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