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Lark Cafe

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441 Chilanga Drive | Area 43, Lilongwe, Malawi
+265 997 95 84 45
09:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
Sat 09:00 - 14:00
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Lilongwe, Malawi
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

New setting but still fantastic food. A really great places for families and a great playground for the kids to burn off some energy. One of my favourite places in Lilongwe!

Thank 851LenaV
Mzuzu, Malawi
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is great to see places like Lark Cafe in Malawi. It is also nice when a good establishment invests to improve itself. I had a fantastic haloumi and avo sandwich with a guilty pleasure of a brownie for dessert. Both were very enjoyable. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming while the decor reminded me of sometime I spent in... More 

1 Thank Mzuzu_MD
Lilongwe, Malawi
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely cafe situated in area 43. Jean is an amazing chef and I particularly love the soy chicken wraps 😊 it's a beautiful Cape Dutch inspired coffee shop with plenty of flair. The waiters are excellent, something that is very rare to find in Malawi. Highly recommended.

Thank Peks92
Trysh H, Owner at Lark Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for that very heart warming review! Im so happy you enjoyed it x More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place, good ambience , nice playground, very Good light meals. A good place to lunch in family espacial with small kids

Thank Nuno Sousa A
Lilongwe, Malawi
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I find my self at great restraint writing this review, or better a review of a review, any one who's been to lark can honestly say that the court yard area is by far any persons definition of a prison yard..... and if so then it must be in a country where stupidity is the crime......

Thank pjacko76
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The food is delicious and the new location is cute, but under construction, so it's not at it's best shape BUT!!! The waiters serve others at a quicker, faster pace than I've ever received. And when I mean others, I mean caucasians(WHITES). I am Malawian and I have to wait for about 15minutes before a waiter notices or even attends... More 

Thank Judy M
Trysh H, Owner at Lark Cafe, responded to this review

Honestly Judith .. I am shocked at the level you have taking this 'issue' - (first on our Facebook page, then to our company email, and now on Tripadviser - surely just one of these would have been sufficient? To publicly slur us and make false accusations regarding racism is of great concern. The caucasian person who you allege was... More 

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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Lark has moved to its new premises in Area 43, just past the equally poor Latitude 13, which it shares with Central African Wilderness Safaris. At its previous location, although terribly overpriced, Lark did have a great setting. It's new setting though finds you sitting, if you can't get one of the two seats overlooking the lawn, in what can... More 

Thank Michael23558
Trysh H, Owner at Lark Cafe, responded to this review

Please Sir, could you specify which prison courtyard our Cafe resembles, as I would like to sincerely congratulate them on creating such a pretty, serene surrounding with such attention to detail for their inmates. Perhaps you are not aware that we are in the middle of Malawi's rainy season, hence there being only 2 picnic benches on the lawn. I... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Although this is an expat family haven, the food really is delicious. I would go on a weekday afternoon, sit outside, and enjoy a wrap and salad with a friend. One of the best dates I went on with my significant other here because of the delicious food and peaceful ambience. I heard weekends are much different, though.

Thank auswes11
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is a great place to go for casual business lunches and/or coffee. It's also great for family lunches on the weekend (they are only open on Saturdays- a shame since they'd get sooo much business on Sundays!), as there is a kids menu and playground.

Thank SATraveler222
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Their food is really good, and this is definitely a hot spot for lunch in Lilongwe. They only take cash, so make sure you have enough for one of their delicious salads!

Thank Andrea F

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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, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
08:30 - 16:30
09:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 441 Chilanga Drive | Area 43, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Location: Africa  >  Malawi  >  Central Region  >  Lilongwe
  • Phone Number: +265 997 95 84 45
Set in the gardens of Ulendo Travel Centre, Lark offers a range of salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers, (and a weekly specials board) all with a healthy twist! Childrens menu available, as are milkshakes, home made iced teas and delicious coffees - including "Red" coffees. The only supplier in Lilongwe of Satemwa Tea Estate's fusion teas! Childrens playground on site too! Skyband wifi cards available to purchase.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?