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Via Via Cafe - Arusha

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Boma road, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 767 562 651
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09:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 09:30 - 22:00
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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114 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015 via mobile

Great place for idiosyncratic African experiences. It's a mix of locals doing karaoke, expats having dinner, live local bands and yes, the occasional prostitute. But if you don't mind them, you'll be in for a nice night!

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Thank StephanDn
Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

A very good place to chill and eat good food. We missed the music evening but will happily return. A cool garden to enjoy your meal too. Staffs are friendly and helpful.

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1 Thank Jdodo2011
Tongeren, Belgium
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93 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Thursday is Via Via day in Arusha, a cold beer, choice between karaoke, local music and pop music, and healthy snacks available. There is also a local artist market. The place is a heaven of peace in the center of busy Arusha.

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42660
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187 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Nearby clock tower on one side of the museum, you can eat for 10000 Tanzanian shillings (approx. $5). The place is nice if you eat outside, the food if good and drinks are at reasonable price (<$2). We were 6 to eat there and everybody was happy with their dishes. To be recommended.

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1 Thank Jojo42660
Brandenburg, Germany
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176 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

We were there on a Wednesday evening, bearing in mind that places in town other than hotel restaurants close early. The street was dead, and had I not perseveringly dragged my boyfriend down a small unlit path, who knows whether we may have turned around and eaten in the hotel. Once located (that dark path opens into a garden and... More 

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Thank Anja-Superlekker
Moshi, Tanzania
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

The place is at its best at night. Especially a Thursday night, Two available bars, one serving cocktails and the other serving local drinks. A karaoke corner with a very spacious dance floor and a live band that plays till mid night and after, the Dj's will play a mashed up mix of both local and international music for you... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

We visited here twice; first for dinner and drinks, and secondly on a Thursday night for drinks. The first visit had pretty slow service, and a few of our orders got messed up which was disappointing. The food itself was nice, but not something to write home about. The second visit however, we really enjoyed. This was potentially because of... More 

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Arusha, Tanzania
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

We had dinner at Via Via for the first time and i have to say we weren't that impressed by the food. However we were very impressed by how well the wait staff handled their job. I had to return my first dish of pesto pasta as it was subpar. The waiter asked me to go explain to the chef... More 

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Thank evjohn86
Arusha, Tanzania
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Via Via, right in center town of Arusha, easy to walk if you are staying in the city center, local music, nice dinners and acrobats.

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Thank easternsuntourst
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

Good food (get spicy anything) and super friendly service. The owner is apparently a Finnish expat and was really nice too. Fun atmosphere and great music and parties too.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Cuisine
African, Bar, International
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Monday
09:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 22:00
Thursday
09:30 - 22:00
Friday
09:30 - 22:00
Saturday
09:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Boma road, Arusha, Tanzania
  • Location: Africa  >  Tanzania  >  Arusha Region  >  Arusha
  • Phone Number: +255 767 562 651
Description
A lively cultural cafe in the centre of Arusha, Tanzania. Beautifully situated in the Garden of the National Natural History Museum. Via Via is among the 16 Via Via Cafes worldwide. Locally embedded and involved in local daily life, they give an extra dimension to your discovery of the country, the culture and the people.

Food, drinks, music, art, culture events, trips and tours, cultural and social projects, all bring people and cultures together in an open-minded spirit. Via Via inspires to travel, to discover and to broaden your horizon.

Our tropical garden, bar and restaurant are wonderful places to have a rest, meet people, enjoy a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner and have a refreshing drink in a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere.

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