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Where to Eat in Mwanza | Restaurant & Coffee Shops

Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania and is located on the southern shore of Lake Victoria, surrounded by very green hills: its geographical position means that its culinary tradition is based mainly on fish coming from the lake and rice, vegetables and tropical fruit.

What to Eat in Tanzania:

  • Ugali: it is the traditional dish par excellence and consists of a kind of solid polenta made from white corn flour or millet. It has a thick consistency and is eaten with the hands, often served together with a vegetable, chicken or meat soup, which is also practically the only way to be able to swallow it!

  • Nyama choma: it is meat roasted on the grill, usually chicken or beef, served with a spicy sauce. Enrico ate meat only twice in a month and then gave it up: even going to the best quality Western restaurants, the meat is always very stringy and lean… not too tasty in his opinion!

  • Pilau: pilau is spiced rice prepared with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and chili peppers; it may also contain vegetables or meat. It is the classic accompaniment to dishes as an alternative to Ugali or Chapati.

Preparazione del chapati
 
 
Preparazione del chapati
 
  • Chapati: chapati is a sort of thin, flat bread, fried in a pan, which accompanies many African dishes. We always considered it a very raw and sparse Italian “piadina” but perhaps it is more comparable to Indian naan bread, even if chapati remains thinner and flakier. We liked it so much that we tried to make it several times at home but with poor results, despite the simplicity of the recipe!

  • Fried bananas: prepare to become totally addicted,.. one leads to another, like chips, both in the sweet and savory version!

  • Matoke: these are banana legumes boiled and cooked with smoked meat or fish.

  • Cashews: everywhere you turn you will find salted, spiced cashews in a thousand variations;

  • Matoke: these are banana legumes boiled and cooked with smoked meat or fish;

  • Samosa: samosas are a very famous Indian dish which consists of small savory parcels of very thin and crunchy pastry filled with meat, vegetables or cheese which are fried. You will find them everywhere, in every restaurant and even in street food in the city;

Vitumbua
 
 
Vitumbua
 
  • Vitumbua: Vitumba is a fried dessert made from rice flour and coconut, super mega greasy, which I loved and often bought on the street in the evening, when the ladies lurked on the sidewalk selling lots of delicacies;

What to Eat in Mwanza:

  • Serengeti and Kilimanjaro beers: these two local beers are simply delicious and accompanied our trip throughout its duration. The labels are simply spectacular and are found throughout Tanzania, except for Muslim restaurants which do not sell alcoholic beverages.

Drinking fruit juices in Tanzania is a real joy as they are all made with fresh local fruit, simply delicious. We always opted for packaged ones, so as not to risk having stomach problems!

  • Tanzanian tea: there are various variations, the most popular is very similar to an English Breakfast which locals tend to drink English-style together with milk.

  • Konyagi: Konyagi is a local liqueur similar to white rum that costs a few cents, absolutely worth trying!

Restaurants in Mwanza:

#1 DomoDomo, Hotel Tilapia:

This terrace restaurant is the main one out of three eateries at Hotel Tilapia. It serves a selection of delicious continental dishes, from Indian, Thai and African cuisines. Enjoy a meal out on the terrace, overlooking the beautiful Mwanza harbour, or order room service up until 11:00pm.

  • Contact: (255) 28 2500617; 
  • Website: hoteltilapia.wixsite.com
  • Address: DomoDomo, Hotel Tilapia, Capri Point Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
Where to Eat in Mwanza
Where to Eat in Mwanza

#2 Ryan’s Bay Hotel Restaurant:

Found in the heart of the city, this airy, yet elegant restaurant is a relatively new addition to Mwanza. It offers a spacious eating area, with superb views of the lake.

In particular, hotel guests and visitors can enjoy hearty breakfasts, although the restaurant is happily also open till late so you can enjoy delicious meals any time of day (or night )

  • Contact: (255) 28 254 2347
  • Website: www.ryansbay.com
  • Address: Ryan’s Bay Hotel, Station Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
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#3 Kuleana Pizzeria:

If you’re looking for a relaxed eatery, with snack-style food and tasty pizzas, then head to Kuleana Pizzeria. It’s a cosy, basically decorated outdoor spot, frequented by locals and tourists, with a good feel of the city.

  • Contact: (255) 765 002 025
  • Website: n/a
  • Address: Kuleana Pizzeria, Post Street, Mwanza, Tanzania
 

#4 Malaika Beach Resort Restaurant

This hotel restaurant lies on the edge of Lake Victoria. It’s blessed with absolutely stunning views and offers a host of different meal options for guests to choose from, like samosas, chicken and lentil dishes and more.

It’s recommendable for lunch or dinner, for couples, friends or business travellers.

  • Contact: (255) 28 256 1111
  • Website: www.malaikabeachresort.com
  • Address: Malaika Beach Resort, Mwanza, Tanzania
Where to Eat in Mwanza
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#5 The Cask Bar & Grill:

This is a good spot for food and fun. The Cask Bar & Grill is quite a new addition to Mwanza’s foodie scene but it’s already a popular local restaurant, with some hailing it as the best place in town for a good time.

Here you can enjoy good food, drinks and music, along with pleasant company and service.

  • Contact: (255) 719 760 210
  • Website: www.facebook.com/pg/The-Cask-1788642091384017
  • Address: Rock City Mall, Mwanza, Tanzania
 

#6 Yun Long Chinese Restaurant:

This oriental restaurant, found on the water’s edge and overlooking Bismarck Rock, is a great place to enjoy a relaxed, yet flavoursome meal.

It can get pretty busy indoors, so opt for an outside table if possible. Especially as it’s a prime location for watching the sun set.

  • Contact: n/a
  • Website: n/a
  • Address: Yun Long Chinese Restaurant, Nasser Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
The cask bar and grill 1
The cask bar and grill 2

#7 Tunza Lodge Restaurant:

With a varied menu and well-stocked bar, Tunza Lodge Restaurant is a patch of paradise alongside Lake Victoria. It’s a particularly good place to head for a drink and a meal after a long day.

  • Contact: (255) 689 305 051
  • Website: 
  • Address: Tunza Lodge Restaurant, Tunza Lodge, Mwanza, Tanzania

#8 Salma Cone

This barbeque restaurant offers a few delights, like ice-cream and juices, but it’s the slow-cooked meals that will have you coming back for more. It’s a value-for-money eatery without any of the fuss.

So while it’s not a fancy restaurant by any means, it offers a cool vibe, incorporating the spirit of Mwanza.

  • Contact: n/a
  • Website: n/a
  • Address: Salma Cone, Bantu Street, Mwanza, Tanzania

#9 Wag Hill Restaurant & Cafeteria:

Found atop a building in the city centre, this restaurant provides guests with cool views, good food and a pleasant dining ambiance too.

Enjoy the likes of fish and chips or chicken biriyani, as you soak up the city views in this peaceful setting.

  • Contact: (255) 768 110 052
  • Website: n/a
  • Address: Wag Hill Restaurant & Cafeteria, Nyanguge Road, Mwanza, Tanzania
 

#10 New Mwanza Hotel Restaurant:

With a 24-hour coffee shop and a multi-cuisine restaurant, New Mwanza Hotel is well-equipped to cater to all your food needs. The restaurant serves everything from continental to Swahili and Indian or Chinese dishes, so you’re not lacking when it comes to options.

The focus is on quality presentation, taste and healthiness and the food is complemented by a well-stocked bar.

  • Contact: (255) 282 521 070
  • Website: www.newmwanzahotel.com
  • Address: New Mwanza Hotel, Mwanza, Tanzania
New Mmanza Hotel

#11 Hooked:

This restaurant is the Mwanza Yacht Club’s restaurant. It serves a nice selection of BBQ and seafood cuisine, with sit-down or takeaway options available.

If you’re a non-member, you might need to pay a guest entrance fee but you’re most welcome to use the restaurant area’s facilities once you’ve done so.

  • Contact: (255) 787 497 109
  • Website: www.africa-beat.com
  • Address: Mwanza Yacht Club, Mwanza, Tanzania

#12 Hally’s Food:

Serving as the first online bakery and restaurant in Tanzania, Hally’s Food is certainly a pioneering restaurant venture. It’s a multi-cuisine restaurant, which sources its goods from local, fresh organic suppliers at the Tanzanian Market.

They also deliver a range of fresh bites, including white and brown bread, buns, cakes and more.

  • Contact: (255) 785 389 393
  • Website: www.hallysfoods.com
  • Address: Mwanza, Tanzania

Mwanza City Map

Mwanza City FAQ

NO! Lake Victoria, also called Victoria Nyanza, largest lake in Africa and chief reservoir of the Nile, lying mainly in Tanzania and Uganda but bordering on Kenya. Its area is 26,828 square miles (69,484 square km). Among the freshwater lakes of the world, it is exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America.

 

Some of the most popular restaurants in Mwanza that deliver are:

  • #1. Salma Cone
  • #2. Mo & Pragz Kitchen
  • #3. BBQ Tonyt

Some of the most popular restaurants in Mwanza that provide takeout are:

  • #1. Salma Cone
  • #2. Mo & Pragz Kitchen
  • #3. Malaika Restaurant

The cost-effective way to get from Mwanza to Serengeti National Park is to drive, or hiring a 4×4 Safari Vehicle which can cost you up to $200/Day that will include game drive. It may take you about 6 Hours to Serengeti.

The cost-effective way to get from Mwanza to Ngorongoro Conservation area is to drive, or hiring a 4×4 Safari Vehicle which can cost you up to $200/Day that will include game drive. It may take you about 10 Hours to Serengeti.

Yes, the driving distance between Mwanza to Serengeti National Park is 242 km. It takes approximately 5h 15m to drive from Mwanza to Serengeti National Park.

The distance between Mwanza and Serengeti National Park is 205 km. The road distance is 242.2 km

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