Forodhani Garden

Forodhani Gardens is a popular meeting place amongst locals and tourists alike, who want to enjoy themselves whilst having some drinks and snacks in the gardens. After reconstruction in 2009, there is now a new sea wall, modernised food stalls, an open area for entertainment and musical events, a playground for kids and plenty of tropical plants. 

In the centre of the gardens is a podium where the band of the Sultan's army used to play for the public. Nearer the sea is a white concrete arabesque arch, which was built in 1956 for the visit of Princess Margaret (sister of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain), although this was never officially used, as the princess arrived at the dhow harbour instead.  She did however visit the gardens and planted the large tree with creepers that can still be seen today.

Large, flat cement benches shaded by trees and the terrace of Zenji's Garden Cafe invite you to rest on a sunny day or during a tropical evening.