If Zanzibar were to have its own non-alcoholic version of Cheers – the place where everyone knows your name – it would be Jaws Corner in Stone Town.
Located at a confluence of a few of Stone Town’s many windy old town streets, the Jaws Corner intersection forms a sort of community courtyard. People gather to drink small cups of 100 shilling ($0.07) Arabic-style local coffee — strong, unsugared black stuff brewed in a metal kettle heated over a sidewalk charcoal stoves. If you happen to be in a rush, hop off your bicycle or motorbike, down a quick cup, and hop back on your way.
Everyone hangs out here: Zanzibaris of African and Arab descent, old and young, locals and tourists. This is what makes it such a great place to rest, people watch, and talk with ordinary people. Jaws Corner is also the one place in town where there seems to be a tacit ban on touts and souvenir pitching.
Easily one of our favorite places in Stone Town.
Panorama: Jaw’s Coffee Corner in Stone Town, Zanzibar
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