Zanzibar Town, on the western side of Zanzibar (Unguja) island, is the Zanzibar Archipelago's heart and the first stop for most travellers. It is divided into two halves by Creek Rd, which separates the old Stone Town (Mji Mkongwe – the main destination for visitors) from the 'Other Side’ or Ng’ambo, with its offices, apartment blocks and crowded neighbourhoods.
Wander through Stone Town's winding alleyways, with their carved doors and latticework balconies and you’ll easily lose yourself in centuries of history. Each twist and turn brings something new, be it a school full of children chanting verses from the Quran, an abandoned Persian bathhouse, or a coffee vendor with his long-spouted pot fastened over coals.
While the best part of Stone Town is simply letting, it unfolds before you, it’s also worth putting in an effort to see and experience some of its major features.