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Cafe Mandala

next to CFAO Blantyre | Kaohsiung Road, Mandala, Blantyre, Malawi
1 871 932
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Ranked #3 of 35 restaurants in Blantyre
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Italian, Vegetarian
Description: In the historic Mandala House together with the historic society and the La Caverna Art gallery and store
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Description: In the historic Mandala House together with the historic society and the La Caverna Art gallery and store
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

In a beautiful setting, drink from a selection of specialist coffees - a big cafetiere - and have a chicken kebab or just a delicious home-made cake. Many happy times spent there with friends, colleagues or this time, just myself with The Guardian Weekly doing the crossword.

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Locals and travelers alike will appreciate this lovely combination of cafe, restaurant, archives and art gallery. Included in the building upstairs is the Society of Malawi Reference Library and Archives, where you can buy interesting books, maps and photographs of Malawi. On the main level is La Caverna, an art gallery which exclusively features beautiful work from Malawian artists. Outside... More

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Blantyre, Malawi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Lovely atmosphere here at Mandala cafe. Stunning place to have some lunch and bring the kids along to play in the big garden area with play gym and sand pit. The only decent cappucino in Malawi is found here at Mandala Cafe! The cakes are however no good at all, tasteless, dry and boring. I would strongly recommend however, the... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Lovely shop, friendly staff, interesting archives, beautiful building, wonderful cafe with great cake, very interesting history and a very pleasant way to spend the money. Would recommend it to visitors!

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Egham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Against the setting of beautifully preserved colonial ambience (don't miss the art gallery and Historical Society exhibits inside Mandala House), shady table settings provide the perfect place to enjoy excellent coffee, tea and cakes - the best for miles!

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Great food and the best coffee in Malawi. Owners are wonderful and attentive. A nice oasis to get away from the chaos but still in the middle of town.

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Stratford, Canada
Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Very nice place to eat lunch in Blantyre - caters to western tastes, so most people eating here are expats or aid workers of one kind or another. Sandwiches, salads (if you dare in Malawi), and desserts of various kinds, licensed. Outside eating on the verandah is very pleasant.

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Blantyre, Malawi
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Very good italian coffee and lasagna. The atmosphere outside during a clear sunny day is great and the hibiscus tea is also nice!

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The setting is historic, on the grounds of Blantyre's oldest building, which houses a gallery/shop, some pictures and artifacts from the past, and the library of the Historical Society. The ambiance is restful and there is a playground. Outside seating is charming. The menu is not large, but the portions are generous and tasty. Travelers, never fear: the salads are... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Quite park with good children's' play area. Good service and interesting 'touristy' shop nearby. Quite a walk from the centre though.

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