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La Caverna & Cafe Mandala

Kaohsiung Road | Mandala House, Blantyre, Malawi
+265 1 871 932
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (22 reviews)
“panini” (6 reviews)
“cakes” (13 reviews)
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Cafe, European, Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Kaohsiung Road | Mandala House, Blantyre, Malawi
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11 - 20 of 95 reviews

Reviewed January 30, 2017 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!

1  Thank Cam B
Reviewed January 16, 2017

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

1  Thank Stephen W
Reviewed January 3, 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...More

2  Thank EmmaLJWood
Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

Food is great, manager has been in Blantyre 60 years and has a wealth of knowledge about the area, people etc.

2  Thank 737asdfghjkl
Reviewed November 3, 2016

niice walkable intersting cafe with good use of old colonial grounds artwork, shop, archives but look up opening times before going atw/es.

1  Thank nigelharper6
Reviewed October 31, 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.

1  Thank Merri B
Reviewed October 12, 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...

1  Thank pilot1953
Reviewed October 11, 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.

1  Thank Jorid_T
Reviewed September 5, 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...More

1  Thank J D
Reviewed September 1, 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!!!

1  Thank LeeLad82
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
4:30 am - 4:30 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kaohsiung Road | Mandala House, 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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