Shopping in Malawi

  • Top ChoiceShopping 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 nippers amused.

  • Shopping in Blantyre

    Central Africana Bookshop

    This long-running bookshop on two levels has an excellent selection of Africana, ranging from dusty old tomes to coffee-table books, and from novels and guidebooks to a section dedicated to Livingstone.

  • Shopping in Blantyre

    Mandala House

    Situated in Mandala House, the oldest colonial dame in the city, this eclectic gallery features vividly coloured, contemporary work by local artists, as well as sculpture, old maps and prints, and huge, carved wooden thrones.

  • Shopping in Likoma Island

    Katundu

    In this thatched workshop, single mothers and orphans handcraft a range of items using locally sourced materials, reflecting Likoma's colours and culture in their cushion covers, throws, table runners, art and accessories. Beads, shells and bones are incorporated, and they can tailor-make clothes using chitenje fabric.

  • Shopping in Zomba

    African Heritage

    Buy your souvenirs – including woodcarvings, mobiles, jewellery, baskets, soft toys, books, CDs, local coffee and even beaded crocodiles – in a hassle-free environment. Part of African Heritage's turnover goes to heritage-preservation projects.

  • Shopping 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.

  • Shopping in Lilongwe

    Ishq

    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.

  • Shopping in Lilongwe

    Lilongwe City Mall

    The best mall around for shops, supermarkets, fast-food joints, banks and other services, with a central location in Old Town. It also has branches of the mobile networks Airtel and TNM.

  • Shopping in Blantyre

    African Habitat

    For high-end craft hunters, this cavernous boutique is a good bet for everything from beadwork to bags.

  • Shopping in Blantyre

    Craft Stalls

    There are good craft stalls under an awning next to the salmon-coloured Malawi Savings Bank building. The work on sale is excellent and browsing is refreshingly hassle free.

  • Shopping in Lilongwe

    Old Town Mall

    This small mall off Paul Kagame Rd has a couple of bookshops and craft stores as well as Mamma Mia restaurant. Chic and quiet.

  • Shopping in Blantyre

    Central Bookshop

    A wide selection of fiction, kids' illustrated books, potboilers, biographies, guidebooks, maps and international magazines.

  • Shopping in Lilongwe

    Central Africana

    Has a small selection of English-language novels, pictorial travel books and some very nice prints of Malawi for keepsakes.

  • Shopping in Lilongwe

    Baobab Books

    Excellent secondhand bookshop with a wide range of novels, guidebooks, children's books and more. It also has a small cafe.

  • Shopping in Senga Bay

    Craft Stalls

    Senga Bay has a few strips of craft stalls, but the longest is a few kilometres out of town on the Salima road.

  • Shopping in Blantyre

    Uta Waleza Centre

    With a few design shops and an excellent bookshop, Uta Waleza is a good place to buy presents and souvenirs.

  • Shopping in Lilongwe

    African Habitat

    Excellent for sculpture, woodcarvings, sarongs, cards and jewellery, as well as T-shirts and bags.

  • Shopping in Lilongwe

    La Galleria

    Pleasant boutique selling vivid African paintings, masks, bags and jewellery by local artists.

  • Shopping in Blantyre

    Chichiri Shopping Mall

    Has a pharmacy, an electronics retailer, a gift shop, a stationery store, a bookshop and branches of Game and Shoprite supermarkets.

  • Shopping in Livingstonia

    Craft Coffee Shop

    The Craft Coffee Shop sells craftwork, woodcarvings, honey and soap made locally, as well as cups of the potent coffee grown nearby and processed in Mzuzu.