Coconut, ginger, cardamom, tamarind, lime and chili – these are some of the exotic flavors that dominate Swahili cuisine, combined with fresh seafood, rice and local tropical fruits. In the evenings the streets are thick with the smell of spices from stalls selling treats to snack on or for people to take home to their families. Restaurants range from small seafront cafes selling local dishes to more up-market restaurants selling both local and European-style fare; some hotels also have restaurants, which are open to outsiders. The sale of alcohol in Lamu is limited and bars are few, but there are a few local favorites.