The highest "tea house" restaurant in Zanzibar is located in Emerson on Hurumzi and has breathtaking 360° views of Stonetown and the Indian Ocean. ‘Chambre separee’ Roshani on the third floor offers a space for Private Dining and to experience the Emerson Zanzibar Tea Ceremony.

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Dinner in the Tea House

The rooftop Tea House Dinner Experience offers cocktails at the sunset hour, dinner celebrating the pleasure of Zanzibar cuisine fused with oriental Persian and Omani influences, as well as traditional Taarab performances by accomplished musicians from the Dhow Countries Music Academy.

The full evening dining experience includes a set 3 course menu at $40 per person excl. drinks. Our cuisine is designed to marry the culture and style of the building with the distinct culinary heritage of the era.

There is one exclusive sitting for dinner only, and service begins promptly at 19h00, but we welcome dinner guests from 18h00 to enjoy the spectacular views of sea and city.

Dinner in the Tea House restaurant at Emerson on Hurumzi is by reservation only and, as there is only limited seating, a deposit is required for the booking’s confirmation. 

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Lunch in the Tea House

Lunch in the Tea House restaurant is served between 12h00 and 16h00 (last kitchen orders at 15.30). 

Seating is on cushions by a low table or on regular height seats, all with views over Stone Town and the sea. In the afternoon, different lunch platters, either with a variety of vegetarian, fish or seafood dishes are prepared by our chefs.



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

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 will be shown the tea spices, how to mix them and also learn more about the traditional tea and coffee drinking culture of Zanzibar, while enjoying them with traditional appetizers and sweets.

The 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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Contact Us


Our restaurant space is located right in the heart of the city.

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