Market and Workshops Tour

Experience Handmade Zanzibar: Market and Workshops Tour

Discover Zanzibar’s artisan workshops and markets on a 4-hour cultural tour from Stone Town and enjoy a traditional lunch by the sea. Learn how the country’s vivid fabrics are made in a textile workshop then walk the aisles of Mwanakwerekwe market, where vendors display mounds of fresh fruit, brilliant clothing and souvenirs. Sip juice straight from a coconut at a market stall, stop by a woodworkers’ shop, then relax with a meal and a beer at a Zanzibari restaurant with views to the Indian Ocean.


Tour Highlights

  • A 4-hour tour of Zanzibar City that gives a feel for what life is like for locals
  • Stroll through one of the biggest markets on the island and taste refreshing coconut milk
  • Visit a wood shop to see how the famed wooden beds of Zanzibar are constructed
  • Learn about fabric-making at a textile workshop
  • Enjoy a late lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean
  • Includes Stone Town hotel pickup and drop-off in a comfortable minivan

What You Can Expect

Start your 4-hour tour with pickup at your Stone Town hotel by comfortable minivan and set off on an off-the-beaten-path adventure to a Zanzibar few travelers get the chance to see. Pass by the Darajani market, the main bazaar of Stone Town, as well as Zanzibar University and the ruins of a sultan’s palace.

Visit a textile workshop to see how vibrant, colorful fabrics are dyed and turned into traditional clothing and decorative pieces. If you want to learn more, you can arrange to come in another day to create your own products.

Stop at the Mwanakwerekwe market, one of the biggest on the island, to browse the aisles and aisles of exotic fruits and veggies, clothes, and knickknacks. Refresh yourself with a drink of dafu, fresh juice from a whole coconut, one of the staples sold at the market.

The next stop is a traditional woodworking shop. See how intricate objects are carved. From the wooden doors you’ve walked past in Stone Town to the charming wooden beds that are a Zanzibar tradition, the workshop is a wonderful place to witness a traditional craft being made.


On the way to lunch, pass the Parliament building and some of the city’s wealthy suburbs. Top it all off with a traditional Zanzibar lunch and a beer at a restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. After lunch you’ll be dropped back at your hotel.

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