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Top Choice Steak in Blantyre

21 Grill on Hanover

Fit for a senator, this fine restaurant opened in '69 is showing no signs of fatigue. Sit at the granite-topped bar, or get sucked into a comfy Chesterfield before you tuck into a salad, flame-grilled steak or the s…
Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is the closest thing Malawi has to a traditional game park. Dominating the west, the Shire River overflows with hippos and crocodiles and is a favourite stomping ground for the abundant elephan…
Top Choice International in Zomba

Tasty Bites

Set inside or outside under an awning this popular roadside expat hangout is a real sanctuary, with an Afro diner feel to its fuschia-muralled interior. Enjoy a menu spanning pizzas, burgers, various curries, chambo…
Cafe in Blantyre

Mandala Cafe

Sit on a breezy stone terrace in the grounds of Mandala House, or inside at this chilled cafe within the old house itself. There are swings and a see-saw to keep the kids happy, a selection of tourist leaflets and …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi

Majete Wildlife Reserve

A rugged wilderness of hilly miombo woodland and savannah, Majete hugs the west bank of the Shire River. Since it was taken over by African Parks ( in 2003, things have really been …
Indian in Blantyre

Bombay Palace

Approaching its 10th birthday, this classy Indian restaurant with mushroom-grey walls and vivid artwork spans chicken tikka massala to tandoori, prawns and sizzling mutton dishes to plenty of veggie choices.
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 in red lanterns, and walls dancing with twisting dragon murals. Food is good, and comes in generou…
Fast Food in Blantyre

Jungle Pepper

This popular takeaway pizza shop shares a big shaded courtyard at the Chichiri Shopping Mall with a number of other fast-food joints. Toppings veer toward the exotic, such as peri peri and mango chicken. You can als…
Bar in Blantyre

Sportsman's Bar

Catering to a more sophisticated market, its tranquil surrounds are appealing. At the same hotel, the Sportsman’s Bar is favoured by local businesspeople and other movers and shakers.
Sports Bar in Blantyre

Pablo's Lounge

Also at the Mount Soche Hotel, the Sportsman's Bar is favoured by local businessmen and other movers and shakers.