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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 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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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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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 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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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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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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

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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, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Kids
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?