Megan and I LOVED Stone Town. Arabs have traded on the coast of Zanzibar and Eastern Africa for 1500 years. The result is an amazing blend of culture and architecture. There are the aspects of African culture that you can find in most parts of the continent. Fruit stalls, outdoor markets and souvenir venders. But there is so much in Stone Town that is unique.
One thing that really stuck out to me about Stone Town is the art. There were incredible painters everywhere. I saw the most amazing detailed pen work I have ever seen and it was dirt cheap. The wood carvings were amazing. All of the doors in Stone Town are hand carved wood. They are magnificent!
The architecture is Middle East meets Africa meets Indian. The arched doorways and colorful ornaments, the carved wood entries and gold plated knockers. It all comes together to make an unforgettable impression.
The food is also very interesting. They serve some seafoods, Zanzibarian pizza and smoked sausage. A lot of the foods are rich with spices grown on the island. You can’t leave Stone Town without having a glass of sugar juice. That’s right, juice squeezed straight from sugar cain! It is pretty “sweet”.
The Jaws Corner coffee shop is in the middle of a lively square complete with old men gathered around a makeshift table playing dominos. Definitely go see that area if you make it to Stone Town!
If your adventures lead you to Stone Town don’t be afraid to wander around. Walking through the streets and alleyways provides an incredibly rich insight into the life and culture of the people who live here.