Zanzibar Tea Ceremony

‘Chambre separee’ Roshani on the third floor offers a space for Private Dining and to experience the Emerson Zanzibar Tea Ceremony.


Roshani Room

Roshani is the name of one of the architectural styles of the mansion houses of cosmopolitan Zanzibar in the 19th Century. It is a private area, where guests would be treated to ‘high tea’ and entertained with music, poetry, and the sheer pleasure of beautiful conversation.

‘Chambre separee’ Roshani offers private dining in Emerson on Hurumzi for up to 15 guests. Guests are welcome for the full evening dining experience in Roshani, which includes a set 3 course menu at $40 per person excl. drinks. Seating in Roshani is on cushions, by low tables.

The musicians of the Dhow Countries Music Academy also come over during the evening to Roshani to play several traditional Taarab songs. 

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Emerson Zanzibar

Zanzibar Tea Ceremony

The Emerson Zanzibar Tea Ceremony briefly introduces guests to the Zanzibar food culture as well as Stone Town, as melting pot of cultures and religions living harmoniously in this World Heritage site. The Tea Ceremony is held in Roshani at Emerson on Hurumzi where seating is on low chairs and on “Swahili style” cushions. The guests are shown the tea spices, how to mix them and also learn about the traditional tea and coffee drinking culture of Zanzibar, while enjoying them with traditional appetizers and sweets.  This whole experience helps you to step into the soul of Zanzibar.

The Zanzibar Tea Ceremony is 15 USD per person, which includes tasting of three types of tea, accompanied by a variety of savoury appetizers and Zanzibari sweets.

Roshani can accommodate up to 15 guests. The Tea Ceremony takes approximately 2 hours and can be started any time between 11h00 up to 16h00.

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I would highly recommend Tea Ceremony
We have had a very unique experience like never before. We have been served 4 different types of tea with no rush, one by one. Our dedicated waiter explained each and every single tea we were served with complimentary sweet and savory traditional sides. The set-up/decor was so beautiful, it’s just unimaginable. I would highly recommend Tea Ceremony to anyone and everyone. I will definitely visit the Tea House again this place is part of Emerson Hotel.
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
Wonderful tea ceremony…the most exquisite roof top I have seen in Stone Town
We had a wonderful tea ceremony hosted by beautiful people working at Emerson. We had 4 different types of teas and some treats awesome experience and stunning tea room. So far the most exquisite roof top I have seen in Stone Town !
trip advisor award excellence June 2020
Doctor JMF
Dinner on the roof was delicious
The Spirit of Stone Town… Dinner on the roof was delicious–accompanied by local musicians and an amazing sunset. And the service was outstanding–including free laundry and access to our fantastic guide Simai, he is a treasure!

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Our restaurant spaces are located right in the heart of the city of Stone Town.

Emerson on Hurumzi
236 Hurumzi street, Stone Town Zanzibar


+255 (0)24 22 32 784
+255 (0)779 854 225

Open Hours

Lunch:12h00 – 16h00 (last kitchen orders 15.30)
Dinner: 6PM – 10PM