A stylish sundowner at locals’ favourite Maru Maru is the perfect way to end a long, hot day in Zanzibar’s ancient capital. Caipirinhas all round…
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At the end of a hot day wandering the historic winding laneways of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, a cocktail is in order – and for a well-mixed drink with beautiful panoramic views, in-the-know locals head up to the rooftop bar at Maru Maru.
A 44-room boutique hotel, it lies a couple of minutes from the sturdy crenellated tower of the town’s fort, not far from the sea front, and attracts a good-looking international crowd to its open-air terrace as the sun goes down. Plenty of people from all over the world have made Stone Town their home and this is one of their favourite hang-outs.
Prices are hiked high for tourists in Zanzibar, so Maru Maru’s 5,000 shilling (GBP2.00) happy hour cocktails are a comparative snip – especially given the location. The rooftop is expansive with comfortable, large cushioned chairs, and the service is friendly and quick.
From above, Stone Town – the old quarter of the island’s capital, Zanzibar Town - is a jagged patchwork of tin roofs, minarets and spires with the Indian Ocean still and blue in the distance.
Our mojitos and caipirinhas were cool, refreshing and slipped down far too easily. The margaritas looked better than they tasted, with over-generous amounts of salt encrusting the glass, but we needed to replace what we’d sweated out during the day in any case…
As happy hour ended and we made our way to dinner, a live band was starting up and the rooftop was full – a great place to start or spend an evening in Stone Town.
Maru Maru, Gizenga St, Stone Town, Tanzania. Tel: +255 24 223 8516. Happy hour 4pm-7pm.
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