The House of Spices

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The House of Spices is located in the heart of Stone Town: a pleasant walk from the fish and fruit market of Darajani, or from the other direction it can be approached from the Forodhani front near the Old Fort, the Palace or the Big Tree.

The House of Spices is a typical 18 th Century Zanzibar House and it rises up over three floors enclosing a central courtyard. The rear of the House was the receiving point for deliveries as well as the production area, while the front of the house was for the day to day sales. On the ground floor the main entrance and reception of the house looks out on Kiponda Street, one of the major thoroughfares crossing the town.

On the second floor of the house, there are two terraces which were used for drying the spices before they were packed. One now hosts a restaurant serving a wide selection of dishes, gently scented with spices.

Nestled at the back of the House of Spices the Tea Room faces on to one of the interesting alleys of Stone Town, not far from the vegetable and fruit markets of Darajani. Free WiFi is available in the Tea Room. Two tastefully arranged rooms provide a cosy atmosphere, and blended flavoured spiced teas are served, hot or iced. To complement them we offer a large selection of fresh pastries, created in our bakery.


Around the place
  • Family friendly
  • Room service
  • Towel and linen service
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Restaurant
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Housekeeper
  • Hot water
  • Parking
  • Internet


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