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Cafe Mandala

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Mandala House | Kaohsiung Road, Mandala, Blantyre, Malawi
+265 1 871 932
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty garden outside of town. Check to make sure it's open before you go. Trusted them enough to eat the lemon ice and did not get sick. Really pleasant.

Thank Laura G
London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great fresh strong coffee which is rare, and great ambience with tasty bites and Sandwiches. You can sit outside after a mooch around the brilliant market which is full of bustle colour and fresh foods.

1 Thank mrsP7741
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food consistently good. Nice environment. Best breakfasts in Malawi and good quality lunches with seasonal specials. Well managed and pleasant staff. Try the chicken saltimboca and the delicious lasagna. Will be back.

Thank Hilton M
Street, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Perfect cafe/restaurant to meet friends, have a coffee or a business lunch or take a break after shopping. Situated in an old colonial era building the setting is tranquil and relaxing. We love Café Mandala!

Thank Elizabeth C
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Always a great cool spot to reset and have lunch on a humid Blantyre day. Simple menu done well. I recommend the panini and fresh juices. Also the playground and grass is s great place for the kids to let off steam!

Thank Cam B
Blantyre, Malawi
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Atmosphere is excellent. outdoor environment. But with shelter from light rain. Not the place to go in high winds or heavy rain. Food always excellent

Thank Stephen W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is a lovely oasis in the city, safe walking distance (in daylight) from the centre alongside the bustling market (although it's a steep hill on the way up) . The food and the ambience are great - and the extensive grounds full of beautiful plants and innovative children's playground equipment are a joy. . I was welcomed with 20... More 

1 Thank EmmaLJWood
Milan, Italy
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Food is great, manager has been in Blantyre 60 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the area, people etc.

1 Thank 737asdfghjkl
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

niice walkable intersting cafe with good use of old colonial grounds artwork, shop, archives but look up opening times before going atw/es.

Thank nigelharper6
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

had a nice coffee under the big baobab tree in the garden, it is a lovely place to sit and not think about the stresses of the everyday haha. I shall return.

Thank Merri B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mandala House | Kaohsiung Road, Mandala, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Location: Africa  >  Malawi  >  Southern Region  >  Blantyre
  • Phone Number: +265 1 871 932
In the historic Mandala House together with the historic society and the La Caverna Art gallery and store

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?