Local cuisine often tells you more about a region than you might expect. The hallmarks of the British colonisation of Africa in the 19th century are still evident in the high teas served almost everywhere you go. Savour cakes, pastries, and a variety of sandwiches, all enjoyed with a pot of traditional tea.
However, if you want to sample native specialities, look out for dishes such as Bota, which is a breakfast dish consisting of porridge, peanut butter, and milk. There are plenty of meats to enjoy, such as crocodile, ostrich, and beef. Biltong, a local speciality, is beef or game meat cut into strips and cured with spices before being dried. It’s a popular snack that you’ll find all over Zimbabwe. Adventurous eaters can try mopane worms, while those with a more particular palate might prefer mapopo candy, a sweet treat made from cooked papaya coated in sugar.
As a busy city, Harare is home to a wealth of restaurants serving cuisine from across the globe. Most tend to be situated around the Samora Machel Avenue, although you’ll find street food in the smaller roads and in the markets.