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...

Books 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.

Arts & Crafts 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...

Fashion & Accessories in Likoma Island


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...

Arts & Crafts 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...

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.

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.

Mall 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.

Arts & Crafts in Blantyre

African Habitat

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

Arts & Crafts 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.

Mall 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.

Books in Blantyre

Central Bookshop

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

Books in Lilongwe

Central Africana

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

Books 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.

Arts & Crafts 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.

Mall 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.

Arts & Crafts in Lilongwe

African Habitat

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

Arts & Crafts in Lilongwe

La Galleria

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

Mall 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.

Arts & Crafts 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.