There are many places to eat in Zomba. From tasty local restaurants near the bus station and on the market, Indian food at Signature’s Kitchen, to international cuisine at Casa Rossa or Pakachere.

At Dominos they opened a new outdoor restaurant called Domz Garden with lovely food and a nice atmosphere.  Most lodges offer food to their guests. Villa Kupa’s restaurant on the upper road is open till late. T&D shows football and offers nice food, and Mango Lodge has an extensive menu and you can play table tennis while you wait. 

For lunch or a nice iced coffee with cake, you can go to The Heritage Centre at the Gymkhana building. There are some fast-food restaurants like Steers and Kips (not very fast!), and you can always walk into a bakery for snacks or a take-away lunch. Villa Kupa serves dinner till late; Pakachere is open 7 days per week from 7AM for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake. Paka has an extensive menu serving food from vegan breakfasts to pepper steak, gluten-free pancakes and pizzas.

Nightlife in Zomba can be wild or more sophisticated. Start your night at The Mixed; a bar along the main road (M3) with barbecue food like chicken wings, and the favourite hangout for the young & hip people in Zomba.

It is safe to go out in Zomba and a taxi at night only costs MWK 3,000. Vibes can be a bit rough but organises live concerts with famous artists. Vogue Africana is great place to dance and meet local students. You won’t get hassled at Vogue and they have DJs and sometimes live acts. There are more clubs and bars; some with live music, others with DJs. The Department of Performing Arts of the University of Malawi sometimes puts on theatre plays, poetry nights or live concerts. Check the EVENTS section to find out what’s on and who is performing in Zomba.​

Casa Rossa

Run by a charming & culinary gifted Italian couple, this lodge & campsite sits in a lovingly restored colonial home about 1½ km up the plateau road from central Zomba. “The stellar restaurant serves a wide variety of homemade Italian dishes & is rapidly becoming a destination itself.” Bradt travel guide, 9th edition

In an atmospheric old colonial house, this Italian-owned guesthouse restaurant serves the best pasta dishes this side of Naples, including unique local variations such as chambo and ginger ravioli. The ingredients come from the local market, and rich dishes such as ravioli filled with beef cooked in red wine, served with butter and rosemary, exude a passion for Italian cuisine.

“You can see for miles from the veranda, making Casa Rossa a popular choice among local aid workers and others in the know. It’s great for breakfast and a decent cup of coffee, too.” (Lonely Planet)

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Facebook: @casarossamw

Contact | Tel. +265(0)991184211 | +265(0)881366126

Pakachere cafe & restaurant

The restaurant of Pakachere is open to everybody from 7AM until 8PM (Sunday evening closed). You can eat downstairs in the bar or in the big green garden.

“Our guests love the hash browns. The pancake with fruit is one of the breakfast favourites. Zomba is famous for its mountain berries. We serve fresh fruit juice and homemade ginger lemonade.”

The pizzas are made with fresh mozzarella and the coffee comes from a small local farm. There are many vegetarian dishes to choose from, as well as juicy (beef) Paka burgers,  curries, chicken salad, and much more. Please ask for gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan food.

It is also the best place to buy AfroChoc, real Belgian chocolate made in Zomba!

Website | Contact

Tel. +265(0)994685934 | +265(0)882858089

Donna Eva’s Cuisine

Where you are assured of real meals with mama’s touch.

We offer breakfast, buffet lunch and A La Carte menu. We also offer outside catering.

We are located in Gymkhana Club Building

Contact | Tel. 0994360438 /01526702

Mama Mandevu Kitchen

Mama Mandevu Kitchen offers excellent traditional mouth-watering farm-fresh food for the restaurant and braai. Popular from her kitchen are local vegetables such as chigwada (cassava leaves), variety of mfutso (dried vegetables), nyama yotendera (meat in ground nut flour), nkhunda (pigeons), kalulu (rabbit), bakha (duck), nkhumba (pork), fish from the ponds and other traditional foods from farm .

Contact | Tel. +265995623338 | +265888896625

Domz Gardens

Domino is a great place in Zomba for various activities. It has an excellent multi cuisine restaurant, a bar with a wide variety of alcohol.

There is a marquee, conference center and board room available for hire as well. The marquee and garden area can also be used for weddings and other events. The garden is beautiful and an eco friendly environment.

You are always welcome.

Contact | +265 888 309 347 | +265 1 525 649

Wadonda Suites

Wadonda serves food from 6:30AM until 10PM. From English breakfast to buffet style meals and A La Carte dishes like pasta,steak, chicken and chambo.


Villa Kupa was once a home to a family of four. Now, Villa Kupa is open to be a home for you. Ideal for any kind of traveller, whether you seek some time to relax and unwind; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Zomba and beyond and listen to the sounds of nature. Or whether you seek to have a quiet place to self-reflect or focus on some work. We are ready to be your home.

Contact | Tel. +265 885890866

BBQ Spot

Restaurant and take away. Situated with a front mountain view on the main road in Matawale before Lake Chilwa turn off.

Tel. 0999936490 | 0998245281

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