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Lark Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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441 Chilanga Drive | Area 10, Lilongwe, Malawi
+265 997 95 84 45
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
Sat 09:00 - 14:00
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is a great place to go for casual business lunches and/or coffee. It's also great for family lunches on the weekend (they are only open on Saturdays- a shame since they'd get sooo much business on Sundays!), as there is a kids menu and playground.

Thank SATraveler222
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Their food is really good, and this is definitely a hot spot for lunch in Lilongwe. They only take cash, so make sure you have enough for one of their delicious salads!

Thank Andrea F
Winnipeg, Canada
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Have enjoyed salads here, food tastes fresh and is served in decent time (not a given in LLW). Currently relocating to Area 43 (last day of trade at Ulendo Safaris was 30 July 2016).

Thank J D
Beijing, China
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Not far from us, a really nice place for brunch.The menu is lovely, everything we ordered is yummy, love the garden view with a tiny children playground. There are some shops inside the building, so you can take a look around, then enjoy the food and view, good place for weekends.

Thank naomi1002
Lilongwe, Malawi
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I always enjoy a nice lunch at Lark with friends. The garden is lovely. There is a great playground for kids. Parents can see their kids playing, but it's set so that the noise of kids playing seems muted and not at all invasive. The food is good. A little pricey, but I have never eaten anything that wasn't delicious.... More 

Thank ChrisVDS
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The food here is very good although a little expensive by Malawian standards. It tended to cater for NGO and Embassy staff but it has now closed down.

Thank Michael23558
Trysh H, Owner at Lark Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. I would just like to point out that if you compare us with other establishments offering a similar menu, you would find that we actually no more expensive and are very much in line with menu prices. We have temporarily closed as we are relocating to new premises, and hope to be awesomely... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Whilst this venue is currently closed, I will review it because they are opening again at a new location. We have been visiting Lark for quite a few years now. The menu looks really good, but I have been disappointed at the lack of wheat free / gluten free options available. Having said that, the beverages are great. The service... More 

Thank Morogoroites
Lilongwe, Malawi
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

We love Lark Cafe. We've been coming here almost every week for six months. Lark has ridiculously delicious salads (try the sweet soy chicken salad and halloumi salad) and a wide variety of beverages (espresso items, spiced chai latter, iced teas, smoothies, milkshakes). Our toddler loves the playground -- and we often come early Saturday mornings so he can have... More 

Thank Pea_ASW
Lilongwe, Malawi
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Why does every new venue in Malawi eventually go downhill? Lark Cafe had everything going for it: international & affluent management, upmarket and pretty location, an imaginative and tempting menu - so what happened? Standards have turned shoddy and grubby, staff can't cope, food substandard... what a shame.

Thank 744SLP
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49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Ate here twice and both times had great food with lots of it to fill you up. Very tasty food, good juices and coffee is good too. Set in gardens with a kids play area which is a bonus if you have kids.

Thank UkTravellerdotcom

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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, Healthy
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
09:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 441 Chilanga Drive | Area 10, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Location: Africa  >  Malawi  >  Central Region  >  Lilongwe
  • Phone Number: +265 997 95 84 45
Set in the gardens of Ulendo Travel Centre, Lark offers a range of salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers, (and a weekly specials board) all with a healthy twist! Childrens menu available, as are milkshakes, home made iced teas and delicious coffees - including "Red" coffees. The only supplier in Lilongwe of Satemwa Tea Estate's fusion teas! Childrens playground on site too! Skyband wifi cards available to purchase.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?