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Kaya Papaya

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Opposite the Football Pitch, Nkhata Bay, Malawi
+265 994 06 77 59
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

I stayed in Malawi for two years and Kaya Papaya was one of my go-to places for American food. The pizzas are good and reasonably priced.

Thank Kelly N
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is such a lovely restaurant in a lovely area. I lived in Mzuzu for 6 months and while there are many good restaurants there, this one is also fantastic and I looked forward to it during my weekly visit. The food is delicious, the service is amazing, and they employ locals. The prices are cheap by European/American standards, but... More 

Thank Courtney B
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurants presents you a nice terrace with great food for a nice price. It is located at the vibrant area of Nkhata Bay which is a nice extra!

Thank Marjolein B
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I spent the evening of my 22nd birthday here and won't be forgetting it any time soon! The food is beautiful, the owners are two of the nicest people I've ever met and they had different live bands on all night. Fantastic place, thoroughly recommend!

Thank Eleanor C
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4 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

They do Thai and fairly good at it. The owners/managers are super and will help you make a proper decision from the menu while conversing and making you feel welcome.

Thank 978zakc
Sian-KayaPapaya, Owner at Kaya Papaya, responded to this review

Thanks very much for the review, Zak. Glad you enjoyed the food and felt welcome - that's exactly what we aim for! Enjoy your travels. More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

great view, very good Thai curry, very tasty cocktails and great people! Hope to visit you again!!!!

Thank Janneke D
Hamburg, Germany
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We've been here a couple of times during our stay in Nkhata Bay. The food is fantastic, especially the Thai options (but the rest is really good, too). You can buy a pack of have homemade sweet potatoe chips as a snack while you wait for your food - and these are just as great as everything else. The nights... More 

Thank Phil M
Sian-KayaPapaya, Owner at Kaya Papaya, responded to this review

Thanks Philip - we're really glad you enjoyed it here. It was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to see you again at some point in the future. More 

Bristol, England
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015

We ate here three times with our daughter in September/October, which is a big recommendation in itself! The food was very good as was the decor and atmosphere. But what really made it for us were the owners, Steve and Sian. They made everyone feel very welcome and special, whether you were visiting for the first and maybe only time,... More 

Sian-KayaPapaya, Owner at Kaya Papaya, responded to this review

Wow - not sure what to say to this other than a very big thank you! We think we know who you are and saw your daughter again at Christmas time. One of the things we love about Kaya is meeting new people so it was a pleasure to have you here and we're delighted you enjoyed it so much.... More 

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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2015

A very good place to have a Thai lunch or dinner. They have special offers in the weekends. Lots of nice seat upstairs.

Thank PetraWBSvinkeveen
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

When you are in Nkhata Bay, don't skip Kaya Papaya. Lovely homemade biscuits, the sorbet is fantastic and we all loved the Tai curries and some of us ordered pizzas that looked equally nice! Cocktails are cheap and good as well ;) Great place for a night out in the bay

Thank AnneJeroen

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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
Average prices
US$4 - US$8
Asian, Thai, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Opposite the Football Pitch, Nkhata Bay, Malawi
  • Location: Africa  >  Malawi  >  Northern Region  >  Nkhata Bay
  • Phone Number: +265 994 06 77 59
Kaya Papaya is a restaurant, cafe and bar in the heart of Nkhata Bay, Malawi. We offer great food at reasonable prices, ice cold drinks and a warm welcome - we're opposite the football pitch, come and find us!

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

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