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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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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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119 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Went to Mandala for lunch whilst in Blantyre. Nice location, good food and friendly waiters. The owners are present and look well after their guest! Must see...

Thank pilot1953
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35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Good food, nice garden setting. Can be combined with a visit to the museum and shop, that are both housed in the same building as the restaurant. Be aware, they close early and they only take local currency (kwatcha). Good safe parking.

Thank Jorid_T
Winnipeg, Canada
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Came to relax in the afternoon, very happy with outdoor seating and atmosphere. Ordered a panini and ended up with two buns with filling -- I let the waiter know that I had ordered a panini...and the waiter confirmed that this was it. It tasted fine, just not what I was expecting. My friend ordered a cappuccino, wasn't impressed. Service... More 

Thank J D
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114 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Food was beautiful and fresh. Sat outdoors surrounded by lush plants. Really good cafe, it is a pitty that this place closes on a weekend (afternoons). The owner was pleasant and made sure you're looked after, highly recommended!!!

Thank LeeLad82
Blantyre, Malawi
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Nice location. Kids have a play area. Lush green and easily accessible. Food is good. Owner is very friendly.

Thank Lalitanu
Blantyre, Malawi
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

George and Lois are great hosts. They really care about their guests and the food is top notch. Highly recommended.

Thank promovis
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

This place is popular & well frequented by local expats & business people, but it is lacking something. The menu is tired & basic & not good value. The local art shopping is quite wide ranging, but overpriced for value. Gives the impression of living on previous credentials. Shame really, and could do much better.

Thank spratton
Blantyre, Malawi
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The food and service provided at this cafe are light but delightfully filling. The scenery offers great views of the surrounds while an art gallery on the inside offers some great visual displays.

Thank Omega M

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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, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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?