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 available.
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 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 and dinner.
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.