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Pictures from the Central Market (Darajani Market) of Stone Town, Zanzibar: fish market, mangosteen, and rambutan.

Fish Market, Stone Town's Central Market
The Fish Market, Zanzibar Central Market (Stone Town). Fish and seafood are sold by mutual agreement or by auction.

Zanzibar Central Market, originally named 'Sayyidieh Market' and also known now as Darajani Market, is the main bazaar in Stone Town. It is located halfway up Creek Road just outside the eastern boundaries of the old town. It consists of buildings and nearby street markets. The main building houses the meat and fish sections of the market. The central market offers also fruit, vegetables, rice, spices, shoes, phones, consumer electronics, clothing, and everything you may need. 

The central market was opened in 1904. It was designed by British architect J. H. Sinclair who was also the author of several other buildings in Zanzibar, including the High Court of Justice and the Peace Memorial Museum. The central market was built on the first reclaimed land still having the creek at its back. It was later extended and restored.

Darjani Daladala Terminus, the main bus station in Stone Town, is located just in front of the Central Market.

Mangosteen from Zanzibar Central Market
Mangosteen in Stone Town's Central Market (Zanzibar).

The mangosteen tree is very slow-growing. The fruit of the mangosteen is one of the most praised of tropical fruits. The edible part is an aril with the same shape and size as a small tangerine, but is white. It is sweet and juicy. Mangosteen juice is a popular health drink.

Rambutan from Zanzibar Central Market
Rambutan, known erroneously as Lychee, from Stone Town's Central Market (Zanzibar).

The rambutan is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae which includes also the lychee. Coloured rambutan fruit is usually sold in bunches. It ripen only on the tree. Peeled rambutan fruit is rather similar to lychee.


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