Top ChoiceInternational in Lilongwe

Ad Lib

An adventurous extension of a hip Glaswegian diner chain, this popular local gathering spot has a covered street-front terrace and a jolly red-walled interior with a long bar. The menu gallops enthusiastically...

Top ChoiceMall in Lilongwe

Four Seasons Centre

An oasis of fine dining and upmarket shopping, featuring clothing and design boutiques, a bar, a restaurant and a cafe, Four Seasons is a restful one-stop shop. There's also a play park with a bouncy castle to...

Top ChoiceCafe in Lilongwe

Koko Bean

Soundtracked by world music, this breezy urban sanctuary is surrounded by lawns, thatched shelters and a bar overlooking a sprawling jungle gym – perfect for a family visit. Come for breakfasts from French toast...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Lilongwe

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

This 1.1-sq-km wilderness area is Malawi's only sanctuary for orphaned, injured and rescued wild animals, and plays an active role in conservation. Local residents include a one-eyed lion rescued from Romania, a...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Lilongwe

Parliament Building

Parliament Building

To get up close to Malawi’s movers and shakers, head to the home of the national parliament. It moved in 1994 from Zomba to the ostentatious palace of former president Banda on the outskirts of Lilongwe and now...

Top ChoiceShrine in Lilongwe

Kamuzu Mausoleum

Kamuzu Mausoleum

This marble and granite mausoleum is the final resting place of Malawi's 'president for life', Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Between four pillars bearing the initials of his most prized principles – unity, loyalty,...

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Ama Khofi

Follow your nose to this delightful Parisian-style garden-centre cafe with wrought-iron chairs, a bubbling fountain and leafy surrounds. The menu has salads, main courses such as beef burgers and roast-beef...

Italian in Lilongwe

Mamma Mia

With its vaguely old-world Italian ambience and outdoor terrace packed with mzungus (white people), Mamma Mia's wide-ranging menu features antipasti, steaks, seafood, homemade pasta and pizzas with homemade...

Cafe in Lilongwe

Living Room

With woodcarvings on its shaded veranda, this tucked-away chill-out den (find it off Mzimba St) offers coffee, cocktails, board games and dishes from steaks to chambo and chips. Check Facebook for details of...

Indian in Lilongwe

Woodlands Restaurant

In the attractive setting of Woodlands Lilongwe, the lodge restaurant serves international dishes from pepper steak to chicken in a basket, but its Indian food is the best. Dishes such as the veggie Harabara...

Bar in Lilongwe

Chameleon Bar

This Scottish-owned watering hole faces Buchanan's Grill in a leafy compound, with tables outside and a glass bar and purple walls within. It's popular with Malawians and expats both, and Sundays are big here,...

Asian in Lilongwe

Korea Garden Restaurant

This tin-roofed, woodcarving-lined poolside affair is a sanctuary rich in plants and atmosphere. Despite the menu's unimpressive presentation, the Asian food is rather good. Choices range from Korean-style grub...

Steak in Lilongwe

Buchanan's Grill

At this stylish and traditional steakhouse, you can sit in the old-world restaurant with a relaxing sports bar attached, or outside beside an ornamental pool overlooking manicured gardens.

Indian in Lilongwe

Blue Ginger

Soundtracked by a gurgling fountain, Blue Ginger serves some of Lilongwe's best Indian food (as well as Chinese), attracting local movers and shakers. Its slightly faded dining room is not worth the drive across...

Cultural in Lilongwe

Malawi Fashion Week

Launched in 2012, this annual event displays the threads and celebrates the talent of Malawi's fashion houses. Tickets to the one-day show start around MK15,000, and 2016's event included a whisky tasting, cigar...

Market in Lilongwe

Craft Market

At these stalls outside the Old Town post office, vendors sell everything from trinket woodcarvings, basketware and jewellery to traditional Malawian chairs.

Live Music in Lilongwe


This simple wooden-shack affair is a fave among local expats, with pool table, volleyball court, darts, barbecued food, global sports on the huge TV and live music. There's a happy hour until 7pm Friday and a...

Theatre in Lilongwe

Umunthu Theatre

In a converted warehouse off Paul Kagame Rd, Umunthu puts on regular live music, films, club nights and more, showcasing the best of Malawian talent. A variety show (MK500) takes place on Friday evening.

Arts & Crafts in Lilongwe


Selling a range of recycled mahogany and glass artworks, stylish natural-coloured linen chemises, bespoke jewellery, hand-woven throws, bags, pashminas and collectables, Ishq is pure style.

Cafe in Lilongwe

Land & Lake Cafe

This garden cafe at Land & Lake Safaris' headquarters, off Laws Ave, serves croissants, bagels and English breakfasts, light lunches from quesadillas to spuds, and tempting desserts.