Stone Town market © Tom Pitman
A vibrant array of colours and spicy scents lure visitors to the animated Central Market in Stone Town. Opened in 1904 as the Seyyidieh Market, the numerous stalls run over with tropical fruits, exotic spices, brightly coloured khangas (worn by local women) and rare provisions such as pomegranates and red bananas. Locals come daily from the surrounding areas to display their subsistence wares, and fisherman display their catch of the day with a pungent array of fresh fish from huge marlins to salty sardines. For an evening snack, head to East Africa's best street market held every night by the waterfront at Forodhani Gardens.
Address: Benjamin Mkapa Road (Creek Road), Stone Town