Top 12 Activities in Dar es Salaam 2017.

Found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, this former fishing town-turned-major port city is a thriving East African city with plenty of fun, adventure and places of interest to discover.

Here are some of the top activities to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:

#1 Head to Kariakoo Market

This bustling market is one of the most popular in Dar es Salaam. It’s a great place for chasing down bargains and soaking up a wonderful market atmosphere.

Note: just keep an eye on your possessions and don’t carry unnecessary valuables on your person in Kariakoo.

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Address: Kariakoo Market, Swahili Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#2 Pay a visit to St Joseph’s Cathedral

With the Dar es Salaam archbishop serving from within, this gothic-style Roman Catholic church is famed for its beautiful architecture and singing.

Head to church on a Sunday morning to experience the choir and to take in the exquisite sights within – and without – at this church.

Contact: +255 717 059 911

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Address: St Joseph’s Cathedral, Sokoin Drive, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#3 Get hooked by Kivukoni Fish Market

If you’re craving a true Dar es Salaam experience, then this popular fish market is where you’ll find it. Not only does it provide visitors with a healthy dose of city life, but it also brings together a mix of cultures, businesses and of course, great, fresh fish.

And although the market has a fishy smell (naturally), it’s one worth visiting for photo opportunities and a good shop for supper.

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Address: Kivukoni Fish Market, Ocean Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#4 Visit Askari Monument

Unveiled in 1927, this cast-bronze monument is meant to be located in the precise centre of Dar. It shows a soldier, with his bayonet pointed towards the harbour and serves a memory of the British Carrier Corps soldiers, who fought in WWI.

It’s a sobering reminder of the Great War and it’s a war memorial worth seeing, not only for its geographical location – but also because, on its side, it touchingly bears poet Rudyard Kipling’s dedication – written in both English and Swahili.

Contact: +255 765 793 755


Address: Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#5 Explore Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Market

This is the place to come for Tanzanian souvenirs, wood carvings and sculptures, with quality and unique craftsmanship aplenty.

Explore the open-air stalls well before you settle on your purchase – and do try your hand at haggling.

Contact: +255 22 212 6826


Address: Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Market, Mwenge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#6 Soak up the fun at Coco Beach

This beach – otherwise known as Oyster Beach – lies on the Msasani Peninsula and usually overflows with both tourists and locals.

Not only can you enjoy a great beach vibe (with beautiful scenery) and street food, but there are sometimes music concerts and beach parties held here too.

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Address: Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#7 Unlock history at the National Museum of Tanzania

The National Museum provides good insight into the history and culture of Tanzania. You can also see some interesting fossils discovered in the country, as well as cool car exhibits.

It’s a good place to explore to discover some rich history, especially if you have time to spare.

Contact: +255 22 212 2030


Address: National Museum, Kivukoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#8 Visit Village Museum

This interactive museum – established in 1996 – offers more than a dozen different types of traditional Tanzanian huts. What makes it really fun is that you are allowed to not only enter, but also to actively explore the huts inside.

For an extra price, visitors can enjoy dance and music performances on show. It’s also a great place to learn more about rural Tanzania’s traditions and customs, ensuring history buffs and culture vultures will be well-satisfied.

Contact: +255 22 270 0437


Address: Village Museum, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#9 Get active in Udzungwa Mountains National Park

If you’re willing to travel a bit, you can explore the wondrous depths of Udzungwa Mountains National Park. It offers friendly guides, beautiful hikes and some pretty outstanding views too!

So plan a day to immerse yourself in its beauty.

Contact: +255 757 374 716


Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#10 Experience Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society

It might not look like much from the road, but enter and you’ll discover a whole host of local artisans offering artworks, all of which work around the popular TingaTinga art movement.

It’s quite affordable, so, before you have to head home, you might be able to pick up a unique piece or two…

Contact: +225 654 57 48 08


Address: Tinga Tinga Arts Co-operative Society, Morogoro Stores, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#11 Head to Bongoyo Island

For those craving a dip in the warmer Indian Ocean waters, this beautiful little island off the coast of Dar is the balmy answer.

It offers lazy beach days, fun activities like snorkelling and swimming, and the chance to dine on delicious, fresh fish and chips at leisure.

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Address: Bongoyo Island, Tanzania

#12 Travel to Bagamoyo town

Found north of Dar es Salaam, this town is an ancient East African trading port. Here, you can visit old churches, mosques and ruins, and even tour one of Tanzania’s only college of arts, called Chuo Cha Sanaa.

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Address: Bagamoyo, Tanzania

These are some of the best activities to enjoy in Dar es Salaam during 2017!

Top 12 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam 2017.

Formerly a small Zaramo fishing village, found along Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline, Dar es Salaam has grown into a major port city – and today, this thriving East African city is home to some great restaurants.

Here are some of the top restaurants to try in Dar es Salaam during 2017:

#1 Addis in Dar

As Tanzania’s longest-standing and most famed Ethiopian restaurant, Addis in Dar needs little introduction. With a traditional, soothing restaurant atmosphere, it provides guests with an exotic array of top culinary treasures.

Tuck into authentic cuisine (including vegetarian and vegan options), as you dine beneath the stars, sharing plates with loved ones at your traditional, woven Mesob table.

Contact: +255 (0713) 266 299


Address: Addis in Dar, 35 Ursino Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#2 Mamboz Corner BBQ

Serving a variety of mouth-watering dishes – like Khalifa Chicken Rottiserie or Zanzibari pizza – this restaurant is big on all things barbeque. Here, guests can enjoy delicious fare and street food-style delicacies cooked to (slow) perfection.

Meals get cooked out in on the street, where you can sit on simple plastic tables and chairs, enjoying a front-row view of the lively street corner, as you watch your food cooking… It provides an all-round great food experience!

Contact: +255 (0784) 243 735


Address: Mamboz Corner BBQ, Corner of Morogoro Road and Libya Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#3 305 Karafuu

Tucked away in the Swahili suburb of Kinodoni, this cozy, rustic bistro-style restaurant offers a mix of culinary dishes to satisfy every palate – with everything from grilled tuna, salad nicoise and lobster thermidor being served here.

There’s also great music on offer, with everything from jazz and classics getting played. This creates a unique dining atmosphere. Space is limited and it’s highly rated, so please call ahead to book.

Contact: +255 (0754) 277 188


Address: Plot 305, Karafuu Street, Kinondoni, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#4 Chef’s Pride

With a long history, this popular breakfast-and-brunch restaurant offers some of the best food you’ll find in Dar es Salaam.

It provides affordable options, giving you a true taste of Tanzania. Enjoy delicacies like chicken breyani or coconut-crusted fish, as you eat in a simple but good space.

Contact: +255 (0754) 657 364

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Address: Chef’s Pride, Chagga Street, Mchafukoge, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#5 Épi d’Or Cake Bakery and Restaurant

This long-standing, colourful café bakery and restaurant offers great service in conjunction with magical-looking sweet treats, fresh food (including Lebanese and continental) and a peaceful atmosphere. The focus here is on high quality goods and delicious meals – and it shows!

With both indoor and outdoor seating, Épi d’ Or provides diners with lovely seating options too. Bring the family along to this child-friendly restaurant, which has a beautiful garden space and wonderful outdoor jungle gym for kids to enjoy.

Contact: +255 (0786) 669 889


Address: Epi d’ Or, 520 Haile Selasie Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#6 The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar

Offering a beautiful beachside location, The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant and Beach Bar is stunning in a rustic kind of way. The seafood and fish-orientated food is excellent and so are the views.

Enjoy a gorgeous sunset, as you sip a cold drink, at this family-friendly eatery.

Contact: +255 (0762) 883 321


Address: The Waterfront Sunset Restaurant, Slipway Road, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#7 Chapan Bhog

If you’re looking for tasty Indian-style food and crunchy snacks, Chapan Bhog will become your go-to spot in Dar es Salaam. They serve full Desi food (and takeaway snacks) in a cheerful and bright space, which looks beautiful at night, lit up with fairy lights.

Using the freshest and best ingredients – sourced all the way from India – Chapan Bhog provides visitors with a great choice of food. Enjoy a mix of traditional and new-age Desi food as you savour the taste of India in Tanzania!

Contact: +255 (0685) 401 417


Address: Chapan Bhog, Kisutu Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#8 Ristorante Bella Napoli

Self-proclaimed as the best Italian restaurant in Dar es Salaam, Ristorante Bella Napoli offers oh-so-good Italian cuisine and marvellous pastries and cakes in a tranquil setting. They are also wonderfully child-friendly, with play areas, a gorgeous garden and facilities for hosting children’s parties too.

When the hunger pangs strike, head to this delightful Dar es Salaam restaurant for authentic Italian fare.

Contact: +255 (0222) 600 326


Address: Ristorante Bella Napoli, 530 Haile Selassie Road, Masaki, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#9 Terrace Restaurant

This ultra-chic restaurant and bar has established itself as a food force to be reckoned with – in a very short stretch of time, too! It ensures fine dining perfection and outstanding views. Here, visitors can enjoy creative contemporary cuisine, including delicious seafood.

And if you’ve a special occasion to celebrate, The Terrace at Slipway is available for private function hire.

Contact: +255 (0755) 706 838


Address: Terrace Restaurant, Slipway, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#10 Akemi

As Tanzania’s only revolving restaurant, Akemi offers a truly unique experience in plush, modern surroundings. With breath-taking views out across the city, it provides guests with all they could want – especially since the menu offers a variety of dishes.

On Sundays, you can enjoy the popular brunch with friends and family. Tuck into great food from the grand buffet, with vibey live music as your backdrop. There’s also unlimited sparkling wine, bloody marys and mimosas available from the bar.

Contact: +255 (0687) 360 360


Address: Akemi, 21st Floor, Golden Jubilee Towers, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Akemi) (Akemi)

#11 Zuane Restaurant

This awesome trattoria and pizzeria is an authentic Italian restaurant, found in the Dar es Salaam peninsula. Set in a beautiful villa (with a balcony) and surrounded by beautiful gardens (equipped with a playground), this restaurant offers a great family option.

The menu supplies home-style, genuine food, pizza and even a selection of Italian wines and drinks too. At this trendy spot, service is good and the atmosphere is a warm one.

Contact: +255 (0766) 679 600


Address: Zuane Restaurant, Mzingaway Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

#12 Patel Brotherhood

Also known as Patel Samaj, this evening food spot is especially popular among Indian families. It offers excellent, value-for-money Indian cuisine. There is both veg- and non-vegetarian available, meaning everyone’s catered for.

Service can take longer during the peak time, but it’s a great way to soak up the relaxed, buzzing atmosphere of this open-air restaurant.  It’s the perfect place for a catch-up with friends and family.

Contact: +255 (0222) 212 7440

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Address: Patel Brotherhood, opposite Holiday Inn, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

These are just some of the most popular eateries you can enjoy in Dar es Salaam in 2017!