Things to do

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's largest city where many travellers will spend a few days. Some activities on offer in Dar are shown below.

Coco Beach

Coco Beach

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

National Museum

National Museum

Where to eat

  • Get your street-food fix at Mamboz Corner BBQ and sample grilled meats such as Zanzibari chicken mishkaki (kebabs), chicken sekela (Tandoori-style chicken) with tamarind sauce and veggie options. Ali’s is another good choice for barbecue, as is Jackie’s, which serve local favourites such as chipsi mayai (omelette cooked with fried potatoes).
  • There’s a big Indian influence in East Africa. Chappan Bhog is one of the best choices for Indian food in Dar, serving south Indian dishes such as pav bhaji (veg curry with soft breadrolls) and thali (a selection of small plates).
  • As the city is right on the Indian Ocean, fish and seafood are a major part of the culinary scene. Samaki Samaki (‘samaki’ means fish in Kiswahili) is a local chain serving grilled octopus, calamari, tuna and more. The more upmarket Mediterraneo serves lobster and clams with a view of the Indian Ocean.
  • Order an Ethiopian platter at Addis in Dar, where the selection of curries and flatbreads are served in a garden of mango trees.
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