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10 Best Places to Buy Local Souvenirs and Mementos in Lilongwe

10 Best Places to Buy Souvenirs & Mementos in Lilongwe

-Most Popular Shops in Lilongwe-

Whether you are looking for something or just want to browse, Lilongwe is home from local markets to high-end shops.

The city is overflowing with great clothes using African fabric called Chitenje, wooden sculptures, paintings, potteries and others.

In order to help you better plan your shopping excursion, All About Malawi has analysed travel experts’ opinion and compiled a list of the best shops to buy local souvenirs and mementos in Lilongwe.

Choose your favourite and let the shopping begin.

Each link has a map to the shop and more details.

1. Craft Market

Shop Name Kanelolo Curios Market
Location Outside the post office in Area3
Open Hours 7:00 am – 5:00 pm (Mon-Sun)

The Craft Market outside the post office in Area3 has a wide range of quality souvenirs from all over the country.  It is the biggest and most important craft market to visit in Malawi. There are around 85 stalls and 200 vendors in the market.

Shopping at Craft Market in LilongweCraft Market in Lilongwe Shop Name Kanelolo Curios Market ...

2. African Habitat

Shop Name African Habitat
Location Off Paul Kagame Rd, Old Town Mall in Lilongwe
Phone +265(0)1 752363, +265(0)99 9918188
Open Hours 9:00am – 4:30pm (Mon-Fri), 9:00am-1:00pm (Sat)

Situated in the Old Town Mall, African Habitat is one of the best shops to purchase quality souvenirs and mementoes in Malawi. The shop has a wide range of crafts and curios from across the country and neighbouring African countries such as Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Shopping at African Habitat in LilongweAfrican Habitat Shop Name African Habitat Address P.O....

3. ABANTU EMPORIUM

Shop Name ABANTU EMPORIUM
Location Gateway Mall, Lilongwe
Phone +265(0)992 982 224
Open Hours 8:00am – 5:30pm (Mon-Sat), 9:00am – 5:00pm (Sun)

Situated in Gateway Mall, ABANTU EMPORIUM is a collection of artisans, designers and artists based in Malawi to promote and sell their goods. The shop is one of the latest and biggest shops for fashion, furniture, art and crafts in Malawi. More than 10 producers currently share the shop space.

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4. Central Africana

Shop Name Central Africana (Lilongwe Shop)
Location Off Paul Kagame Rd, Old Town Mall in Lilongwe
Phone +265 (0)1 756317
Open Hours 8:00am – 4:30pm (Mon-Fri), 8:30am -1:00pm (Sat)

Central Africana has a fabulous selection of new and antiquarian books, including some very valuable Africana. Besides books, there’s a good selection of maps and postcards, as well as art, photos and old prints of Malawi for keepsakes. The shop offers one of the best stocks of printed matter on Malawi and Central Africa.

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5. Ishq

Shop Name Ishq (Lilongwe Shop)
Location Four Seasons Centre, Presidential Way
Phone +265(0)999 836836, +265(0)999 281105
Open Hours 9:30am – 5:00pm (Mon-Sun)

Situated at Four Seasons Centre in Lilongwe, Ishq is a luxury and upscale shop featuring furniture, wood pieces, accessories, jewellery, bags, and clothes. All wooden products are designed by the owner and produced at their own workshop in Lilongwe. They only use reclaimed wood, and no tree has been cut down for the purpose of Ishq’s wood creations.

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6. Four Seasons Nursery Garden Shop

Shop Name Four Seasons Nursery Garden Shop
Location Four Seasons Centre, Presidential Way
Phone +265 (0)886 024972
Open Hours 7:30am – 5:00pm (Mon-Sat), 8:00am -4:30pm (Sun)

The Garden Shop carries a wide variety of garden products including seed packets, pots, pumps, and organic fertilizer, and also has a carefully handpicked collection of locally crafted products making wonderful gifts for friends and family. Pure natural honey from their flowers and coffee made in Malawi are occasionally available at the shop.

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7. La Galleria Africa

Shop Name La Galleria Africa
Location Off Paul Kagame Rd, Old Town Mall in Lilongwe
Phone +265 (0)1 751748, +265 (0)999855806
Open Hours 8:30am – 10:00pm (Mon-Sat), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sun)

La Galleria is a pleasant gallery that sells vivid African paintings, greeting cards, sculptures, bags and jewellery from across Malawi. The gallery displays paintings that depict the Malawian style and way of life by top and upcoming Malawian artists. There are roughly 200 paintings in stock in the gallery.

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8. The Artisan shop

Shop Name The Artisan shop
Location Off Paul Kagame Rd, Old Town Mall in Lilongwe
Phone +265(0)99 5628589
Open Hours 8:30am – 4:30pm (Mon-Sat)

The Artisan shop is one of the most unique and trendy gift shops in Malawi. The shop handpicks unique pieces across the country and aims to follow ‘fair trade’ principles and operates as a social enterprise.

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9. Traditional Clothes Market at City Mall

Shop Name Traditional Clothes Market at City Mall
Location City Mall, Lilongwe
Open Hours 8:30am – 6:30pm (Mon-Sun)

Traditional Clothes Market is located in the City Mall, a convenient location from Old Town, especially for those who use AXA bus from/to Mzuzu or Blantyre. About 10 vendors in total have registered to sell their own products here. They offer a wide variety of products including traditional clothes, accessories, jewellery, and shoes from Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania.

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10. Afrocentric Lifestyle

Brand Name Afrocentric Lifestyle
Location 3/126 Johnstone road off Laws Avenue, Lilongwe
Phone +265 (0)999090903

Situated in Area3, Afrocentric Lifestyle is a pleasant shop that stands for authentic African livings. They offer a wide range of products and services from modern customised African furniture to tailor-made outfits and accessories. They also offer unique products handpicked by the owner from across Malawi and Africa.

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