Eating Out in ArushaEdit This
*Note: approximately 1300Tsh is $1 USD as of Sept 2009. The country code for Tanzania is: +255, and some English is spoken but its best to brush up on your Swahili before going out to eat. The following is World 66's top choices for dining in this vibrant town, home to many of Tanzania's best safaris.
Lounge: (250 7089; meals TSh5500-6500). The Lounge features the best cuisine in all of Arusha, including delicious gourmet wraps, crispy salads, pizza, and Kilimanjaro nachos. The restaurant is very low key and features comfortable seating and music. It’s located at the L’Oasis Lodge on the northern edge of town.
Big Bite: (corner of Somali Road & Swahili Street; TSh6500): Excellent Indian food, as this one review can attest having been there before. Big Bite also features a number of vegetarian dishes and appetizers. Closed on Tuesdays.
Flame Tree (0744-370474; Nijro Hill; meals from TSh8000): Very popular with locals and tourists alike, the Flame Tree, located 1.5km south of the Impala hotel, has indoor and outdoor cozy seating with a view overlooking a lush garden. Cuisine is mostly continental though very tasty. The mixed drinks are delicious and very cheap compared to US/Europe prices. Closed Sunday evenings.
Jambo Coffee House (Boma Rd; TSh 4000-6000): This is Arusha’s European café in a Tanzanian setting! Jambo features an a’ la carte menu for the backpacker on a budget, as well as a good value full menu plate. Excellent coffee and cappuccino (by East African standards!), as well as dessert pastries.
Via Via (meals from TSh3500): Set in the gardens behind the Natural History Museum, Via Via features local and European food, beers, and snacks. Via Via is also Arusha’s number one place to go for a drink, and to find out about upcoming music and traditional dance events. It is not uncommon to run into backpackers looking to join a tour group for Arusha National Park or Serengeti National Park.
Spices and Herbs: (meals from TSh 4000): Tired of Tanzania fare? Come to Spices and Herbs for a large plate of mouth-watering Ethiopian. Prices are cheap and the cuisine is very good, although the meals are often very spicy so be sure and tell your waiter you want it prepared with “mild” sauce if spice is not your forte.
Greek Club (corner of Old Moshi & Serengeti Roads): The Greek Club is a well-known expat hangout, especially on weekends, and features free movies on Sunday afternoon, delicious American pizza, and an energetic sports bar with cheap local beer on tap.
Geekay’s Takeaway (India St.; meals from TSh1000) and Khan’s ( Mosque Street; meals from TSh4000) feature excellent local dishes for less than a dollar. These plates often feature rice, ugali, sauce, and skewered meat. Salad provided upon request.
TFA Center (Dooma Road; next to Shoprite): Have a craving for Western food? Come to TFA for simple takeout and groceries, including gelato and gourmet coffee.
Fifi´s Restaurant & Café is a local owned franchise located in two main cities of the northern region of Tanzania; Arusha and Moshi. We love delicious fusions. That’s why at Fifi’s we use organic local ingredients to bring you the best of both International and African cuisines to delight your taste buds and leave you coming back for more.
For those with pure food indulgence in mind, come to Fifi’s and sate your desires with our ever deliciously evolving International and African inspired menu. We love food, lots of different food, just like you.