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Top Choice Bistro in Lilongwe

Don Brioni's Bistro

Burgers, steaks, spaghetti, t-bone, spare ribs, fish and chips or cappuccinos and cool beers – Don Brioni's deserves every inch of its regular patronage from travellers and expats for its gregarious owner and the hi…
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…
Museum in Karonga

Culture & Museum Centre Karonga

This centre celebrates the numerous fossil discoveries made in these parts, and the skeleton of the Malawisaurus (or a copy of it anyway) takes pride of place. Visits are in the form of a guided tour. Following the …
Top Choice Indian in Mzuzu

A1 Restaurant

Super-fresh indigo-walled A1 has DSTV on the wall, abstract art and a menu featuring North Indian cuisine. It offers classic dishes like tikka masala and rogan josh; the chicken korma is tasty.
Top Choice Thai in Nkhata Bay

Kaya Papaya

Close to the harbour, with its purple and orange livery and shadowy interior, Kaya Papaya has more than a touch of Afro-chic; it's matched by a Thai-accented menu of zesty salads, pizza and Malawian fare like butter…
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 …
International in Cape Maclear

Gecko Lounge

The restaurant at Gecko is a good place to drop in for a meal by the water. It is well known for its pizzas (from MK1200), which have an eclectic range of toppings, from fish to mango. You can get your pizzas to go …