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Lilongwe

For centuries Lilongwe was a small fishing village on the banks of the River Lilongwe. Today it is Malawi’s bustling capital and home to more than one million people. The city is divided into two areas: New Town and Old Town. To the south, Old Town is based around the old fishing village and is home to many of the city’s top restaurants, cafes, malls and markets. The New Town was formed after President Banda moved the capital from Zomba to Lilongwe in 1975. Here, visitors will find the government ministries and business offices.

Shopping

Of the modern shopping precincts, Old Town Mall is the probably the best, particularly for those looking for quality souvenirs. For bargain hunters, the numerous curio craft markets dotted around the city are a good option.

Lilongwe cultureCulture

Just outside Lilongwe, Kumbali Cultural Village offers the opportunity to experience Malawian culture in its truest form. Visitors can see traditional dancing and drumming, listen to live acoustic music and taste typical Malawian food.

For something a little different, Malawian wine company – Linga Wines – provides tours of its winery. Learn about the process of winemaking, enjoy sampling Linga’s fresh fruit wines and tour the winery garden and fruit-producing trees. Pre-booking is essential.

From the modern shops and buildings in New Town, to the top restaurants, places of culture and exciting street markets of Old Town, it’s hard not to fall in love with Lilongwe.

Where to eat

Latitude 13 is consistently rated one of the best hotels and restaurants in the city. The contemporary eatery serves Malawian dishes with a twist and is definitely worth a visit. Mamma Mia, based in Old Town Mall, is a popular dining place for pizza lovers.

Surrounded by gardens, Ama Khofi at the Four Seasons Centre is the ideal spot for a quiet cup of coffee or light lunch. For those who want to try traditional Malawian food, booking a table at Nthalo is recommended. Why not try chambo (local fish) with nsima (staple food) or rice?

 

  • Warm Malawi welcome
  • Perfect for diving
  • Amazing fish