DHARAJANI MARKET + SWAHILI COOKING CLASS

Food lovers and culture vultures will love this chaotic market, fringing the old part of Stone Town and spilling out onto side streets from beneath a gable-fronted awning. Dried squid, barrows of fresh fruit, packets of spices and meat weighed out on big brass scales – this is where Zanzibaris come to get their food fix.

Visitors can take part in a traditional Swahili cooking class. A local teacher will meet you at Dharajani Market and lead you into the maze of live chickens and sacks heaving with spices. With the help of your teacher, decide on a traditional recipe (such as aromatic rice pilau, or kaimati – syrupy spiced dough balls).

Brave the barrage of hawkers and tick o a shopping list of ingredients before travelling by daladala (local open-air taxi) to your host’s home. Here you’ll sit on a straw mat around an open fire and learn how to cook and eat in traditional Swahili style.

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