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Dar Es Salaam international airport is served by Swiss Air from Zurich, South African Airways from Johannesburg, Emirates from Dubai, KLM from Amsterdam and British Airways. Kenya Airways also run a service from Nairobi, which can bring you from frequent Nairobi-London flights.
By taxis (expensive at average 4000 shillings a trip) or on a dalla-dalla, which is a shared taxi, basically a camper van, seating (and standing) up to 25 people!
For Khangas (highly coloured cloth, rather like a sarong) try Kariakoo market, or the streets around it , where there are several textile shops. Try asking in here if you want something like a dress made to measure. Kariakoo is also a good place for fresh food, unless you want more "hygienic," packaged western type stuff, in which case there are several supermarkets (such as Shoprite) in the centre of town. Carvings and other tourist type stuff can be found all over the place. Remember to haggle unless you want to be ripped off.
A little known restaurant called Addis-in-Dar is superb. This eithopean restaurant offers excellent food costing about 9 euros a meal each. They service thali-like meals consisting of 10-15 wet dishes on a bed of eithopean bread. The atmosphere is excellent too. Near the budget hotels in the Indian quarter is a restaurant called Chef's Pride. It caters mostly to tourists, but is very reasonably priced. There's also a Subway near the YMCA, or possibly the YWCA, which is air-conned, and a nice treat if you're hankering for some food of a western nature, (served in a western way I might add provocatively - by black people to white people.) But the best place to eat, both in terms of price and atmosphere, is on the street. Places to try include the corner of Morogoro road and Jamhuri street, or the large open space in front of the Dar Express bus company ticket office. Chips mayai (chips in an omelette) should be about 700 or 800 shillings.
Some say Kilamanjiro, but Safari is a better choice of beer. Both are strong and bottled. You should only drink bottled water. You can also drink tap water if you've purified it with iodine tablets or similar. Most Tanzanian men that drink Safari dismiss Kili as a ladies drink. Safari is a little bit stronger, but most people reckon it gives you a bad hangover. Tusker (Kenya) is worth a try, as is Castle (South Africa, brewed under licence in Dar). If you go to the Florida Inn near the UN building by the ferry port, then you can get Castle on tap, as well as nice air con, and a pool table.
Accommodation varies from a 1 euro/night rooms to the Royal Palm hotel with swimming pool and restaurant. The YMCA is the main place to stay and meet the few travellers. It fills up quickly, but is cheap and clean. There are no en-suite facilities, but there are sit-down toilets. Other decent places are YWCA and Jambo Inn. Also try Safari Inn, very near the Jambo, on Jamhuri street if memory serves. Cheaper than any of the above is Holiday Hotel, also in the Indian quarter near Safari and Jambo.
International business class hotels include the Sea Cliff, out of town on the edge of the ocean and the more central Holiday Inn. For East Africa, both hotels are incredibly good, as is their food. Expect to pay up to US$170pn though.