Top ChoiceInternational in Lusaka

Sugarbush Cafe

This picture-postcard idyllic cafe is worth every kwacha of the journey it takes to get here. Chill out for an afternoon at one of the picnic tables munching on homemade bread and pastries, salads made with...

Top ChoicePub in Lusaka

Bongwe Pub & Grill

A favourite watering hole for many locals, expats and tourists (and basically anyone who likes a drink) is this tropical dive bar, set in an open-air shack centred around a palm tree. There's a pool table, sports...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Lusaka

Lusaka National Park

The idea of seeing a rhino in the wild just 15km from the capital seems absurd, but this new national park (opened in 2015) allows you to do just that. Set over 46 sq km, it's home to eland, zebra, giraffe and...

Top ChoiceCafe in Lusaka

Deli

Boasting the best barista in Lusaka (the winner of an international competition) as well as an enviable garden setting, the Deli is a good place to plant yourself for a few hours. The sophisticated kitchen turns...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Lusaka

Lilayi Elephant Nursery

On the southern outskirts of town is this elephant nursery set up by Game Rangers International (a Zambian conservationist NGO), which works with rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned elephants in Kafue National...

International in Lusaka

Latitude 15 Degrees

Lusaka's trendiest restaurant is a part of this designer-boutique hotel art-gallery, Latitude 15. Grab a seat on its outdoor terrace overlooking the lawn or industrial chic interior to enjoy its seasonal menu...

Mausoleum in Lusaka

Presidential Burial Site National Monument

This mausoleum is where the late Zambian presidents Levy Patrick Mwanawasa (1948–2008), Frederick Chiluba (1943–2011) and Michael Sata (1937–2014) are buried. Remarkably both Mwanawasa and Sata died while in...

Museum in Lusaka

Lusaka National Museum

Lusaka National Museum

This big square box of a building resembling a Soviet-era Moscow ministry has upstairs galleries displaying exhibits on urban culture and Zambian history as well cultural, ethnographic and archaeological...

Steak in Lusaka

The Horse Shoe

One of Lusaka's best restaurants, this tasteful steakhouse is set in a large, open-air space under an enormous thatch roof overlooking a huge, well-kept polo field. Its 'grill board' is a good option allowing a...

Gallery in Lusaka

Namwandwe Gallery

Featuring the impressive private collection of businessman and patron of the arts John Kapotwe, Namwandwe is hands-down the best in the country for contemporary Zambian art. The gallery space is within his...

Italian in Lusaka

Casa Portico

Italian owned and operated, this garden restaurant offers as authentic cuisine as you'll get outside Italy. There's homemade pastas (go the tagliatelle ragu), home-baked panini, and imported Italian cheeses and...

Indian in Lusaka

Oriental Garden Restaurant

Forget the name, this Indian restaurant is authentic as they come. There's a good choice of tandoori and North Indian creamy curries, and paneer dishes for vegetarians. There’s a small bar-terrace area, with a...

International in Lusaka

Mint Lounge

A popular cafe with a small, stylish dining room and pleasant outdoor seating. There's an impressive selection of Western-style creations such as pastrami open sandwiches, haloumi toasted sandwiches or prawn...

Cafe in Lusaka

Zambean Coffee

Run by a couple of friendly Zimbabwean expats, this lovely little garden cafe is a great spot to grab a well-made Zambian coffee, a quality breakfast and gourmet sandwiches on home-baked breads. They also have a...

Market in Lusaka

Lusaka City Market

Fronted by the chaotic and congested eponymously named bus station, as well as a veritable Maginot Line of sidewalk vendors, reaching the entrance to the Lusaka City Market is an achievement in and of itself....

Clothing in Lusaka

Salaula Clothing Market

For those with a love of secondhand clothes shopping, absolutely don't miss this market in downtown Lusaka. Known locally as the salaula trade (a local word meaning 'to pick through a pile'), it has block after...

Fashion & Accessories in Lusaka

Lightfoot Zambia

For high-quality leather goods, especially purses, travel bags and accessories, head to this spot, which shares an idyllic location with a highly recommended cafe on Sugarbush Farm east of Kabulonga, around 15km...

Steak in Lusaka

Marlin

Housed in the colonial-era Lusaka Club with decor that probably hasn't been touched since the '60s, this wood-panelled favourite serves some of the best steaks in Lusaka. While it does serve gargantuan portions...

Arts & Crafts in Lusaka

Kabwata Cultural Village

A popular shopping stop for tourists, this open-air market comprises thatch-roofed huts and stalls selling carvings, baskets, masks, drums, fabrics and more. Prices are cheap because you can buy directly from the...

Deli in Lusaka

Pantry Food Shoppe

This artisan deli is worth a stop for its range of gourmet biltong, baked breads, pastries and preserves made by local producers in the area. You can grab a proper coffee, a pork pie or South African craft beer...