If you’re visiting Zambia for the food, look no further than Lusaka. As the country’s capital and largest city, here you’ll find all the unique flavors of Zambia in one place, plus flavors brought in from its many expats. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in Lusaka.
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Mint Lounge has a casual, coffee shop vibe and lovely outdoor seating area surrounded with beautiful, manicured plants. It offers a large selection of Western-style dishes like tortilla wraps, omelettes and pasta but is known for its unique sandwiches and fresh smoothies. It’s great for a light, healthy lunch with friends.
At Design House, diners can eat at picnic tables on the clean courtyard, or at family-style tables inside the homey restaurant. It looks like a real house, with menus scrawled on chalkboards and big comfy couches to lounge on while you wait for a table, or even take your meal at. It’s best known for its pastries and breads made on site, and delicious pasta and wine pairings.
Don’t be fooled by the name: you’ll still feel very much like you’re in Zambia in this popular, always-buzzing steakhouse. As much a hangout for locals as it is a restaurant, Chicago’s offers up top-quality steaks and drinks at a fraction of what you’d pay in a real Chicago steakhouse. The chefs here are known to be great on the grill.
This charming restaurant features slightly theatrical Middle Eastern décor and incredible dishes like impala steaks and Kenyan coriander lamb. It also offers some unexpected but tasty continental dishes like parmesan meatballs and braised oxtail. The restaurant makes its own ice cream and has live music every Friday night.
Conveniently located next to Arcades Shopping Centre, Plates has made quite a name for itself in the city with it’s Culinary Institute of America-trained chef making elegant, imaginative dishes with high-quality ingredients like almond-crusted bream. The menu is mostly American and Mediterranean, and the restaurant has an extensive wine menu that the staff is happy to help you with. The décor is elegant but modern, and great for a business meeting or special occasion.
This magical little restaurant is decorated with African artwork and woodcarvings, and offers pastries, sandwiches and wraps with surprising flavor combinations like the carrot-and-marmalade muffins. The quirky décor compliments the neighboring art and handicrafts gallery perfectly.
If you want inexpensive, authentic Zambian food, look no further than the food stalls and kiosks at this market. Come here when you’re feeling adventurous — dogs roam the streets and vendors shout prices at you. But it’s worth it for the mouth-watering sausages and steaks grilled right in front of you and served up with vegetables and nshima (a fluffy cornmeal side dish).
This restaurant is truly a hole-in-the-wall, hidden behind a wall with only a barely legible sign to let you know it’s there. But it’s worth finding. The décor is minimal, with a modestly sized dining room and rather plain garden, but the food more than makes up for that. Diners can order Asian hotpots, authentic Korean dishes like bulgogi, or even the cook-at-the-table option where diners barbecue their own meats and vegetables on a grill.
Chit Chat is a casual restaurant with garden seating. It’s one of the few places with WiFi included with your meal, and many diners come here to eat and relax with their laptops and a coffee. The cuisine is continental with everything from tortilla wraps and Mexican dishes to pasta and steak.
Don’t be put off by the views of the shopping center parking lot: this is one of the most respected restaurants in Lusaka. The menu is dynamic, including gourmet burgers, pasta dishes, some traditional Zambian dishes and wraps. Every dish is beautifully plated and even common items have surprising twists.