Best restaurants in Zambia

  • Restaurants in Eastern Zambia

    Luangwa Bridge Camp

    A great place to break up the drive between Lusaka and Chipata, Luangwa Bridge Camp offers a good menu and drinks list, and scenic spot overlooking the river. It does filtered Zambian coffee, cold drinks, burgers, pizzas and steaks, as well as gourmet items such as deep-fried crumbed camembert or a tempura prawn burger with onion rings.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 organic homegrown vegetables, and expertly prepared sandwiches, pasta and meat dishes, as well as a glass of wine, or Pimms by the jug.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kitwe

    Courtyard Cafe

    A part of the boutique Mukwa Lodge, this attached restaurant is hands down Kitwe's best place to eat. Its menu is split between Portuguese and Indian, and both are authentic and exquisite. Its classy decor comprises flagstone floor, heavy wood furniture, French doors onto the garden, plenty of windows and exposed red brick.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Livingstone

    Da Canton

    While all the Italian food here is tasty and authentic, it's the homemade gelato that has locals raving. The Italian owner makes all 18 flavours, including all the classics and some original concoctions.

  • Restaurants in Livingstone

    ZigZag

    ZigZag does drool-inducing homemade muffins, excellent Zambian coffee and smoothies using fresh fruit from the garden. Its changing menu of comfort food is all made from scratch, and you can expect anything from drop scones (pikelets) with bacon and maple syrup to thin-crust pizzas and burgers.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Livingstone

    Cafe Zambezi

    Head straight through to the courtyard, sunny by day and candlelit by night. Bursting with local flavour, the broad menu covers local favourites of goat meat, smoky crocodile tail and mopane (woodland) caterpillars. Authentic wood-fired pizzas are a winner or sink your teeth into impala or eggplant-and-haloumi burgers.

  • Restaurants 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 ranging from pan-fried kippers for breakfast, pulled-pork sandwich for lunch and house-smoked beef fillet for dinner.

  • Restaurants in Livingstone

    Golden Leaf

    As soon as those aromas hit you upon arrival you'll realise Golden Leaf is the real deal when it comes to authentic Indian food. It's a good option for vegetarians with a lot of choices including house-made paneer dishes, creamy North Indian curries and tandoori dishes in the evenings.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Livingstone

    Olga's Italian Corner

    Olga’s does authentic wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, as well as delicious homemade pasta classics all served under a large thatched roof. Great options for vegetarians include the lasagne with its crispy blackened edge served in the dish. All profits go to a community centre to help disadvantaged youth.

  • Restaurants in Livingstone

    Zam Mex

    Set up by a Spanish NGO, this no-frills restaurant/bar caters to locals and tourists alike. Unfortunately though the food isn't a fusion of Zambian and Mexican cuisine (no goat-and-collared-greens tacos, sorry), and instead divides the menu into half Zambian dishes, half Tex Mex – the latter with mixed results. Regardless, stop by for a beer and a few tequilas – it's for a good cause.

  • Restaurants 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 taste of each of its rump, rib eye, porterhouse and T-bone steaks. There's also a good choice of burgers, while vegetarians have tasty options too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 out all-day breakfasts like eggs and French toast, speciality sandwiches like Asian pork meatball and classics like pastrami, wood-fired pizzas and homemade ice cream.

  • Restaurants 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 meats. It's a good spot, too, for a glass of Prosecco or well-made Negroni cocktails.

  • Restaurants 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 pool for diners in need of a refreshing dip?

  • Restaurants 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 pasta, along with some amazing cakes. It's a good breakfast spot too. It's within the Acacia Office Park; don't confuse this with its smaller, less atmospheric cafe in the nearby Arcades Shopping Centre.

  • Restaurants 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 good list of South African wines.

  • Restaurants in Livingstone

    Kubu Cafe

    A smart, Western-style cafe located in the shopping strip along the main road, this place is popular for excellent breakfasts, real Zambian coffee and fresh juices to enjoy with the daily paper or free wi-fi.

  • Restaurants in Choma

    New Choma Hotel

    Easily the best place for a meal in town, this Indian restaurant is set within an open-air thatched structure in an attractive garden at the rear of the hotel. There's a good selection of vegetarian fare, including paneer dishes and eggplant masala, plus lamb curries and naans, and a few international and Zambian dishes too. It's a lively drinking spot come evening.

  • Restaurants in Livingstone

    Culture Cafe

    Culture Cafe is a wonderful spot to sample traditional Zambian food. It's a basic, yet colourful little eatery, where you can take your pick from charcoal barbecue Zambezi bream, chicken and peanut sauce, or grilled impala (or similar game meat of the day), all served with nshima (starchy porridge-like staple made from white maize) and vegetables.

  • Restaurants 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 of every cut of meat under the sun, most guests come for the aged fillet with mushroom or pepper sauce. Reservations are strongly recommended.