Southern Malawi

Restaurants

Top ChoiceItalian in Zomba

Casa Rossa

In an atmospheric old colonial house, this Italian-owned guesthouse restaurant serves the best pasta dishes this side of Naples, including unique local variations such as chambo and ginger ravioli. The...

Top ChoiceInternational in Blantyre

Casa Mia

Don your smarts for dinner at this classy guesthouse restaurant. The wine-stacked interior, with its antique Cinzano prints, white tablecloths and expat clientele, is a pleasant environment for dishes ranging...

Top ChoiceFusion in Mulanje

Huntingdon House

If you're driving between Blantyre and Mulanje, don't miss lunch or afternoon tea (minimum two people for tea, and do book ahead) at this historic guesthouse on a beautiful tea estate. Dishes such as Asian beef...

Top ChoiceCafe in Blantyre

Mandala Cafe

Sit on a breezy stone terrace in the grounds of Mandala House, or inside at this chilled cafe adorned with artworks and guidebooks. Regulars love the Italian cuisine, fillet steak, Thai chicken, freshly brewed...

Top ChoiceItalian in Blantyre

L'Hostaria

In an atmospheric old house with black-and-white floors and a large veranda overlooking a lawn, L'Hostaria offers Italian recipes and fresh produce that attract local expats in the know. Come for a relaxing...

Top ChoiceSteak in Blantyre

21 Grill on Hanover

Established in 1921, this historical restaurant is one of Malawi's more sophisticated eateries, occupying a library-like room with salmon-coloured seats and ornate carpets. The menu focuses on meat dishes, from...

Steak in Blantyre

Blue Elephant

This is a great watering hole for carb-heavy grub such as chargrilled burgers and steaks, with booths inside and tables alfresco beneath an awning. From 5pm on Monday, get a curry and a Carlsberg for MK1750; from...

Chinese in Blantyre

Hong Kong Restaurant

Like a slice of '50s Shanghai, Hong Kong is an atmospheric pagoda-style building with a red wooden ceiling festooned with lanterns, and walls enlivened by a golden-phoenix border. The food comes in generous...

Cafe in Zomba

African Heritage

This garden cafe has plenty of shaded seating, a menu of rolls, salads, wraps, burgers and burritos, and daily specials such as noodle stir-fry and masala potato chips. In this lively complex you might hear a...

Pizza in Mulanje

Mulanje Pepper

Underneath Mulanje Info­centre, the former Pizzeria Basilico (and country cousin of Blantyre's Jungle Pepper) serves an excellent selection of wood-fired pizzas (you can see them rolling the dough before your...

Indian in Blantyre

Bombay Palace

This long-running Indian restaurant adorned with photos of Bombay specialises in North Indian dishes such as butter chicken. Tandoori, prawns, sizzling mutton dishes, chicken tikka masala and plenty of veggie...

Italian in Blantyre

Caffe Grazia

This breezy Italian-owned cafe has a mezzanine and a quiet garden for enjoying the small menu of pizzas, lasagne, paninis, pastas and salads.

Supermarket in Blantyre

Game

A few kilometres out of town, Game sells everything from food to electronics.

Supermarket in Blantyre

Shoprite

This sprawling and well-stocked supermarket is a few kilometres out of town.

Fast Food in Blantyre

Food Court

With striking views of the mountains, this breezy alfresco courtyard is surrounded by a bakery (Bread Basket), a fast-food joint (Blue Savannah) and an ice-cream parlour (Scoops & Shakes), the latter selling...

Fast Food in Mulanje

Rob Will's

Overlooking the Chitakale chaos, this diner-style eatery serves half-chickens, burgers, beef curry, chambo and T-bones with chips or nsima. There's a pleasant outside area with wicker chairs, and an attached...

Fast Food in Blantyre

Chichiri Food Court

This alfresco food court is popular with families for its play area and bouncy castle. The fast-food outlets here include a pizzeria (Jungle Pepper), ice-cream parlours and fried-chicken joints.

Cafe in Majete Wildlife Reserve

Mwembezi Restaurant

Just inside the reserve gate, Mwembezi does burgers, steaks, chambo, chicken fingers, potato and lentil curry, breakfast, and above all cold beer. Dinner should be pre-ordered.

International in Zomba

Domino's

In a leafy part of town, Domino's is fun for a beer with its mix of African carvings and British football memorabilia, plus its thatched terrace, lushly gardened outside patio and small children's playground....

International in Zomba

Tasty Bites

Sit inside or outside under an awning at this popular local hangout, with an Afro diner feel and a menu spanning pizzas, burgers, steaks, shawarmas, chambo and chips, ice cream, brownies and milkshakes.