Tourism on the Edge is about unconventional places from across the world, including places where eating is itself a way of exploring. On this note, we would like to present the magical Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar. And what better way to discover the taste of a different culture than dining in a small restaurant hanged on a solitary rock, right in the middle of the Indian Ocean?
The Rock is situated in front of the Michanwi Pingwe beach in the Michanwi Peninsula, on the south-east coast of the Unguja Island. Zanzibar Archipelago is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa, with the capital in Zanzibar City. If you are curious to find more about the history of these lands, you can visit the historical part of the capital called Stone Town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Originally a fisherman post for the nearby villagers, the Rock Restaurant was transformed in one of Zanzibar’s icons. It all started in 2010 when a group of friends captivated by this island decided to reinvent the rock. Their vision consisted mainly in reconstructing the place, while keeping its simple style inspired by local houses.
Today, the Rock Restaurant is specialized in fresh seafood and serves up to 12 tables (can host around 50 persons), with unforgettable views on the sea and the nearby coast. There is also a panoramic terrace where the guests are welcomed to enjoy a drink and relax under the African sky.
The access to the Rock depends on the tide, so you can reach it by foot when the waters are low, or by boat when the level goes up. There is no need to rent a boat, as the restaurant provides a free transportation.
The easiest way to get here is by taking a car from Paje, a village located one hour away from Zanzibar City. You can also take a boat from Paje and see the coast full of white beaches on the way.