Jaws Corner for Local Coffee in Stone Town, Zanzibar

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Last Updated on July 23, 2017 by Audrey Scott

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.

Jaw's Coffee Corner in Stone Town, Zanzibar
A typical scene at Jaw's Corner, a local coffee place, in Stone Town, Zanzibar (Tanzania).

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.


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5 thoughts on “Jaws Corner for Local Coffee in Stone Town, Zanzibar”

  1. @Sandra: Thanks! To me, Jaws Corner is one of the most photogenic spots in Stone Town. I can completely understand taking loads of photos there. What I couldn’t understand is when groups would blow right through it on their tours.

  2. @Meruschka: Thanks! We use our DSLR camera with an 8mm lens to take 4 photos at 90-degree angles (+ one overhead for sky). Then we stitch these 5 images together using AutoPano Giga to create the flat panorama. After that, we use PanoTour Pro software to create the flash “tour” you see above. Sounds rather complicated, but it’s not so bad 🙂

    I do believe there are some cool iPhone apps that do something similar, but don’t know how to export the file to upload for blog posts.


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