Restaurants and bars
The restaurants at accommodation locations are generally available for
non-residents for food and drinks. There are a few independent restaurants
and bars in Dedza Township.
Chongoni Forest Reserve
Located at the Kazela Lodge at the Malawi College of Forestry and Wildlife,
Ed’s Bar provides a useful rest point when exploring the Chongoni area. Soft
drinks, beer and spirits are available and food can usually be arranged with
the Lodge. There are outdoor seats as well as the bar room. The surrounding
area offers interesting walks, especially to the fire lookout at the top of
the nearby outcrop.
On the Township tarmac road opposite the bus depot. Frank Mchekeni has
managed the Boiz Club for 13 years and created a hospitable environment
for visitors and locals. Open every day 12 noon till late. Facilities
include satellite TV, sound system, pool table, dart board. Packet snacks
Dedza Pottery Coffee Shop
At the Dedza Pottery site. Enter the Dedza Township tarmac road at the
northern turn-off from the M1. Turn left after 100m and go up the dirt road
for 1km. The Coffee Shop offers a wide variety of food from sandwiches and
cakes, including the famous cheesecake, to full hot meals. Tea,
coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine are available. Payment accepted in the
main currencies and by credit card. Open during the day and for evening meals.
On central part of Township tarmac road, to the south of the bus depot.
A basic restaurant , seating about 30. It offers a wide range of meals –
breakfast (Full English, toast, porridge, hot drinks), main meals
(curry, vegetarian, beef stew, fish), light snacks (sausage, samosas)
and soft drinks and beers. Open 6am to 10pm every day.
Mapiri Country Golf Lodge
At the golf course in the northern part of the Township. Open to non-residents.
There is a large comfortable lounge and bar with minerals, beer, wine and spirits,
which is open from 9.00 to 23.30. The dining room has an extensive menu for lunch
Near the BOMA in the centre of Dedza Township. Turn off the tarmac Township
road at the Red Cross building. Turn right immediately after passing the BOMA.
The restaurant is open to non-residents during the day and in the evening.
Meals range from light meals (toasted chicken sandwich) to main meals
(chicken, beef, vegetable stew with rice, chips or nsima). Cold soft
drinks and beer and tea and coffee are available.
Rainbow Guest House
On the southern part of the Township tarmac road. The Guesthouse restaurant
is open to non-residents. Meals include breakfast, main
meals (local dishes such as Usipa Wotendera), light snacks and drinks.
It is open from 6am to 9pm every day.
Up the road alongside the church and turn right, inside the accommodation
complex. There is an attractively decorated restaurant and a patio set in
luxurious gardens overlooking the river. Lunch can be provided for non-residents
if ordered in advance (before a walk or tour of the museum). The meal is set
with no choice.