City Guide, Dar Es Salaam
Dar es Salaam- "house of Peace" formerly Mzizima, is the largest city
in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam lost its official status as capital city to Dodoma in
1974; it remains the center of the permanent central government bureaucracy and
continues to serve as the capital for the surrounding.
Dar es Salaam is classified into three districts - Kinondoni, IIala and Temeke.
The downtown area in the city is the major commercial hub in Dar es Salaam.
There aren't a lot of major attractions, but if you've been on the road for a
while, Dar offers the chance to get some good food, stock up on supplies and swim
in a nice hotel pool. Take a walk in the older parts of town to check out the German
and British colonial buildings. Shopping for cloth and t-shirts is fun in the Asian
district northwest of the main drag Samora Avenue. Arts and craft shops are plentiful
too, check out Nyumba ya sanaa (the Mwalimu Nyerere Cultural Center).
Culture and entertainment
Dar es Salaam Culture.With its unique location on the eastern coast of Africa,
just a ferryboat ride from Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam is a true cultural melting pot.
Visitors are just as likely to hear Arabic as they are English or Swahili. African
tribal influences are prevalent in food and art, but so are those of India and the
Middle East. Visit one of several museums such as the National Museum and Village
Museum, and get to know better the nuanced characteristics that make Dar es Salaam
As a thriving center of commerce and government, it's no surprise that Dar es
Salaam is also a flourishing hub of entertainment. A growing expatriate community
brings the benefits of international cuisines and customs. Those who love to shop
will find dozens of opportunities to take home a Tanzanian treasure from the open-air
market bazaars to the upscale, chic shopping centers. And it's all just moments
from Best Western Coral Beach Hotel
Food and drink
Travelers and expatriates favorite pub is either O' Willie's or the Slipway pub.
The best rooftop bar is the "Level 8" on the roof of the Kilimanjaro Kempinski
Hotel. You can get all kinds of cuisines in Dar es Salaam, good Ethiopian at Addis
in Dar and upscale Indian food at Nawabi Khana (but there's lots of good Indian
food to get in the Asian neighborhood for cheaper). Japanese/Thai food is excellent
at theOriental. Traditional dances are held at the Mwalimu Julius K Nyerere Cultural
Center every weekend.
From upscale shopping malls to traditional crafts markets, Dar es Salaam is a
shopper's paradise. One is able to find just about any sort of product in Tanzania's
thriving city, including African textiles, jewelry, and gifts. The bustling Shoppers
Plaza and the Slipway Shopping Center, with their Western-style shopping mall arrangements,
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Dar Es Salaam Map