While much of Tanzania is filled with fresh markets that would encourage a traveler to buy straight from locals and munch on fresh fruits and vegetables all day, there are petite restaurants available in the mainland. Just be aware that you could go miles and miles without spotting a ‘quick bite’, but you will find fruit stands along the way to make the most perfect salad for a leisurely lunch with mates.
Much of Tanzania still consists of rural areas, so while mom and pop shops might not show up on google when you search ‘restaurants near me’, they do exist; make sure to keep your eyes peeled so you do not miss the tiny gems hidden in rough, rocky terrain.
Some regions in Tanzania have unique cuisine, based upon the movement of culture and people over time. All the same, Tanzania’s mainland does stay truest to the ancient cuisine of the East African nation. With the use of plantains, rice, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, and lots of spice, Tanzanians make magic on a plate.
Most dishes are quite heavy, consisting of stews and long-cooked dishes cultivated with love and warmth felt through each bite. Whether you are visiting the capital of Dodoma or crossing through the landmass toward The Serengeti, there are local shops and markets sprinkled around to fill your cravings. Here, we can tell you about some specific eateries that we believe will satisfy your taste buds.