Visit to Zanzibar’s Forodhani Gardens

Zanzibar: an urban idyll?

Guardian Weekly reader Dolar Vasani describes a visit to Zanzibar’s Forodhani Gardens – a seafront sanctuary filled with walkways, benches and food stalls

Zanzibar is hot and sticky. It is the prelude to the long rains. In the evenings, I find myself looking to escape the stuffiness of my hotel room. Within a short walk, past the madrasa, are the Forodhani Gardens, a seafront sanctuary filled with walkways, benches and food stalls.

This rehabilitation project spearheaded by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture has restored a variety of sites that mark Zanzibar’s rich history. Only men in white aprons and chef hats manage the many stalls of the night market, known for its shellfish, meat kebabs, fruit, freshly pressed sugarcane juice and, of course, the local Zanzibar pizza.

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