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Top Choice International 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 acros…
Top Choice Mall 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 keep …
Top Choice Cafe 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 to …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Lilongwe

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 pyt…
Top Choice Notable Building in Lilongwe

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 occu…
Top Choice Shrine in Lilongwe

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, obed…
Top Choice Cafe in Lilongwe

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 sandwich…
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 bases. T…
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 events,…
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 kebab a…