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The best roof top bars & restaurants in Stonetown

A Zanzibar vacation is a dream trip for many due to its beaches, rich wildlife, and incredible nature found outside the coast of Tanzania. If you’re looking for elevated venues for dining and drinking, there are also some worth checking out. This comprehensive guide is your key to the top Zanzibar vacation destinations, including every rooftop worth visiting in Stonetown, complete with opening hours, dress codes, pictures, maps, and more. You’ll find most of the rooftops located on top of hotels in the historical Stone Town, but there are gems all across the island to explore during your Zanzibar vacation. Plus, with their altitude, they provide perfect spots to catch the iconic Zanzibar sunset. So, whether you’re a solo traveler or traveling with your family on a Zanzibar vacation, just scroll down and discover the Zanzibar rooftop bar that best suits your needs.



Upendo House

For an unparalleled rooftop experience during your Zanzibar vacation, head to the boutique hotel Upendo House’s rooftop. The 5th, an authentic, hip, and chic rooftop cocktail bar and restaurant, offers stunning views of Stone Town and the ocean. The rooftop infinity pool is surrounded by comfortable lounge spots where you can unwind and enjoy signature cocktails, or try the rooftop restaurant’s unique blend of Indian, Swahili, and Mediterranean cuisine. Don’t miss out on this modern and carefully curated experience during your Zanzibar vacation.

Emerson Spice Hotel

During your Zanzibar vacation, make sure to visit the intimate and charming Rooftop Tea House Restaurant, located on top of a beautiful building in the heart of Stone Town. With seating on cushions by low tables or regular height seats, you can enjoy breathtaking 360° views of Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. Open for both lunch and dinner, the ideal time to visit the rooftop is at night, where you can enjoy a dining experience complete with dinner, cocktails, sunset views, and traditional Taarab performances. Reservations are a must for this unforgettable experience during your Zanzibar vacation.

DoubleTree by Hilton (Stonetown)

Make the most of your Zanzibar vacation by visiting Taarab Restaurant and Bar, located on top of the DoubleTree By Hilton Zanzibar. This stylish rooftop offers all-day dining and drinking, from breakfast to á la carte lunch and dinner. The indoor seating mixes with an al fresco terrace, providing stunning views of both Stone Town and the Indian Ocean. The rooftop menu features International fusion and seafood dishes, including flavors of Zanzibar, pasta, and catch of the day. The full bar menu includes cocktails, mocktails, spirits, wine, and beer, making it the perfect spot to relax and unwind during your Zanzibar vacation.

Jafferji House & Spa

For an unforgettable dining experience during your Zanzibar vacation, head to the Terrace Rooftop Restaurant at the boutique hotel Jafferji House & Spa, situated in the heart of the historic Stone Town. The intimate terrace offers panoramic views of the ocean and Stone Town’s most iconic sites. You can savor ‘Swahili Style’ fusion, a blend of local Swahili cuisine infused with a continental twist. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and on Friday nights, you can enjoy traditional Zanzibari music. Don’t miss out on this colorful and delicious rooftop experience during your Zanzibar vacation.


Golden Tulip Stonetown

If you’re looking for a warm and friendly rooftop restaurant during your Zanzibar vacation, check out The Curry House. This day-to-night venue offers classic dining tables both under cover and open-air, all with breathtaking views of the ocean and Stone Town rooftops. The menu features fresh and seasonally influenced dishes, ranging from Indian and Chinese cuisine to local creations. With its intimate and relaxed atmosphere, The Curry House is the perfect spot to gather with friends and family for an al fresco meal with a view during your Zanzibar vacation.


Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like us to assist you to organize the perfect Stonetown dinner for you. It can also be a great addition to a Guided Stonetown Walking Tour with one of our experienced guides.

Treat yourself to some memorable time in Stonetown after an exhausting Kilimanjaro climb or after a private safari in Tanzania.

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