Malawi drinking and nightlife

Cafe in Blantyre

Kwa Haraba

This craft shop and cafe serves fresh juices bursting with goodness and light meals such as feta pizza, ham and cheese pita sandwiches, salads and toasted sandwiches. The wonderful masks, paintings, secondhand paper…
Bar in Senga Bay

Safari Beach Lodge

This cocktail bar built into the rocks overlooking the beach is a secluded and magical sundowner spot.
Coffee in Mzuzu

Mzuzu Coffee Den

This cafe with two-tone furniture is the local hangout of choice – use the wi-fi and enjoy a cafetière or cappuccino of the strong 'n' sweet local coffee. Dishes such as burgers, chambo and sweet-and-sour chicken ar…
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,…
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, with …
Bar in Mzuzu


Attached to the Mimosa Court Hotel, this is a great spot with a sunny terrace for meeting the locals over a cold beer (MK950). Hip-hop videos boom from the TV, and it does snacks (MK600) such as pizza slices and pie…
Bar in Blantyre

Salt 'n' Pepper

Despite the garish orange swirls decorating its walls, this friendly Indian-owned eatery is pleasant for a beer and a snack. The broad menu ranges from burgers and subs to a long list of veggie, mutton, chicken and …
Bar in Blantyre

Pablo's Lounge

This hotel bar is a pleasant spot to catch up on your emails over a cold beer.
Bar in Senga Bay

Tom’s Bar

Popular little spot for both locals and visitors to commune with a cold beer.
Cafe in Nkhata Bay

One Love

At One Love, with an unbeatable view of the bay, Kelvin the Rasta serves cold beers and simple dishes such as chapattis, nsima (a filling porridge-like dish made from white maize flour and water) and beans (mains MK…