Malawi shopping

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 …
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 woode…
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 acces…
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 he…
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.